hard disk died :(...help needed picking ssd

Oct 6, 2011
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Last night my Hard Disk died for the second time since I bought my Macbook...confirmed by the nice people at the apple store today... I'm really upset about the whole thing :( .

I've now lost faith in the conventional Hard Disks and I'm looking to switch to a SSD, which I have been told is much more reliable and performs alot better. However, I need some help.

The guy at the apple store said that I'd have to buy the SSD with a copy of Snow Leopard 10.6 (to enable TRIM(?) :confused:) and he'd install it all for me, as I'm pretty useless with this type of thing.

But I'm not sure what SSD is compatible with my MacBook (details below), as there are many on the INTEL website.
I have a 13" MacBook (White Mid-2007) with the following spec:

Processor: 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Hard Disk: 160GB 5400RPM SATA 2.5"
OS: Leopard 10.5
I know I want an INTEL 120GB SSD (Not other brands for the purposes of reliability and as this was the brand highly recommended to me).

Also, this whole "SATA, SATA II, SATA-300" and "TRIM" business confuses me :confused:

Can anyone suggest any INTEL 120GB SSDs (with links) that are compatible with my MacBook?
Does the SSD have to be "SATA" or "SATA II", or does this not matter?

This is really urgent and I'd really appreciate any help.

Thanks :) x
Nov 28, 2007
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Blue Mountains NSW Australia
Your Mac's Specs
Silver M1 iMac 512/16/8/8 macOS 11.6
G'day and welcome to the forums.

Well be aware that SSD are also FREDs and are liable to failure as are all electronics. You do not have to buy an SSD, any major brand drive such as Seagate, Western Digital, Hitachi, Fujitsu etc well all work. SSD come in SATA II 3GB/s transfer, and later models SATA III, 6GB/s transfer. As your MacBook is SATA II buy one of those those, as the faster drive will be forced to throttle down to the slower speed. As to brand that is up to you. Personally use OWC Mercury Extreme and a Kingston SSD and neither have had problems, as he touches wood quickly.

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