MBP SSD conversion

Joined
Jan 20, 2015
Messages
5
Reaction score
0
Points
1
Im looking to purchase a SSD for my wifes MBP, it is a 13.3 Mid 2009 model, i have already replaced the original HDD with a 1TB drive but she s finding it too slow. I have found a Crucial 480GB M500 CT480M500SSD1 SSD for a good price, cant see any reason why it wouldnt work in her MBP, can anyone explain to me why it may not work? I will most likely purchase one for my own MBP as a secondary Drive, any help would be much appreciated, thanks, Matt
 

cwa107


Retired Staff
Joined
Dec 20, 2006
Messages
27,038
Reaction score
810
Points
113
Location
Lake Mary, Florida
Your Mac's Specs
14" MacBook Pro M1 Pro, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD
I have that specific unit in my machine and it works great.
 

cwa107


Retired Staff
Joined
Dec 20, 2006
Messages
27,038
Reaction score
810
Points
113
Location
Lake Mary, Florida
Your Mac's Specs
14" MacBook Pro M1 Pro, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD
rite on, my wifes MBP is a 3gbps machine, should still work ok?

Yes, SATA3 drives should run at SATA2 speeds with no issue. I have the smaller 240gb version of that drive in my wife's old Dell and it works great there too.
 

Slydude

Well-known member
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Nov 15, 2009
Messages
16,705
Reaction score
601
Points
113
Location
North Louisiana, USA
Your Mac's Specs
2.8 GHz 2008 MacBook Pro 10.11, 8 GB mem, iPhone 12 Pro Max, 2015 iMac 16 GB Big Sur
Ditto. I have the same unit in my 2008 MacBook Pro. My boot time was cut from roughly 70 - 75 seconds to about 38 seconds. Not as big an issue since I don't boot/reboot every day but all disk operations seem faster.

Think I got it for about $220 US.
 
C

chas_m

Guest
While the SSD upgrade will undoubtedly make the machine faster, I have to wonder if that's the real issue as to why she thinks it is "slow" with a 1TB drive installed.

I'm wondering if the RAM is maxed out or not, for example, or if she's in the habit of not really quitting applications, for example.
 
Joined
Feb 4, 2014
Messages
639
Reaction score
27
Points
28
Location
Great Britain
Your Mac's Specs
MBP17 8GB/1.9TB 2xSSDs Sierra • MBA11 4/128GB • TC 2TB • TV3 • iPh6 128GB • iPadPro12
Both my drives are M500 - no issues at all (mid-2010 MBP•17" 6,1)
 
Joined
Nov 15, 2013
Messages
54
Reaction score
0
Points
6
While the SSD upgrade will undoubtedly make the machine faster, I have to wonder if that's the real issue as to why she thinks it is "slow" with a 1TB drive installed.

I'm wondering if the RAM is maxed out or not, for example, or if she's in the habit of not really quitting applications, for example.

I'm not sure I follow you. A 1TB drive should be just as fast as a 200GB drive so long as they are both the same RPM. I think with most macs though an SSD will likely make a bigger difference at this point as they've all been coming with at least 4GB of RAM lately. Certainly maxing the RAM out along with an SSD should be looked into though.
 
Joined
Jan 20, 2015
Messages
5
Reaction score
0
Points
1
ended up order from amazon 2 Crucial MX100 256GB SSD's for $127 CAD each, also got 8GB of 1067 mHZ DDR3 ram for the wifes MBP, and 2 optic bay brackets to house the old hard drives to run the dual HD setup. Total cost with free shipping was $414. Pretty good price IMO
 
Joined
Jan 20, 2015
Messages
5
Reaction score
0
Points
1
And yes definetly the ram was an issue as well, it still has the original 2GB which was fine when it was new but as the new OS's come out, they demand more ram, so the combo of 8 Gigs and a SSD it should make the old MBP scream along at light sped compared to what it does now
 

Shop Amazon


Shop for your Apple, Mac, iPhone and other computer products on Amazon.
We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon and affiliated sites.
Top