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I just bought a SSD for my new macbook pro. Does my macbook pro need any firmware update or something like that to make the ssd run well? Or I don't need anything just simply put in the new drive and it will work? Thank you.
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SSDs are recognized similarly to other hard drives, so if you pop it in it should work just fine.


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I just bought a SSD for my new macbook pro. Does my macbook pro need any firmware update or something like that to make the ssd run well? Or I don't need anything just simply put in the new drive and it will work? Thank you.
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What one did you get?
let us know how it go's as I'm looking at adding one in my Macbook as well as the standard hd..

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Dittos. Please benchmark it before the install with some sort of standardized and widely available software like XBench et. al. I'd be interested to get a relative idea of what benefits it shows you. Good luck!
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Mine is the Super talent SSD 256GB that I bought from Newegg. I want to use this with my upcoming 2.93ghz Macbook pro. But I guess I'll do benchmarking first using my other 2.8 Macbook pro.

Here is the spec:
2.8ghz / 4gb ddr3 mem / 256 ssd

The result is 179.38 using Xbench.

I will do another benchmarking using my 2.93 ghz model when it arrives later this week.
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Thanks. What was the Xbench score with the standard non-SSD drive?

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Is that drive SLC or MLC?

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Is that drive SLC or MLC?
MLC. Price isn't too bad either. $489.00

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could you post how your battery time changed please? tnx
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MLC. Price isn't too bad either. $489.00

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I thought the MLC drives were painfully slow in write performance.

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I thought the MLC drives were painfully slow in write performance.
They are indeed slower, and less reliable than SLC.

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What is MLC and SLC? Does anyone can lighten me up here? Thanks.
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Lower priced drives usually use multi-level cell (MLC) flash memory, which is slower and less reliable than single-level cell (SLC) flash memory.[11][12] Still, MLC chips continue to be used in many commercially available SSDs
I've read a number of reviews and it seems that some of the MLC drives can be really bad, to the point that some systems are nearly unusable, which is why I was wondering since the OP had stated they were really happy with the upgrade.

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I see. Yesterday I bought Samsung 2.5" Drive at ebay. I think that it uses SLC flash memory, because the price is twice of what I buy at Newegg. Thanks for replying. Will compare the old MLC drive with the newer Samsung SLC drive.
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