2008 Macbook Pro - SSD drive

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  1. blood5150

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    Can anyone let me know how easy it would be to clone the data on the harddrive in my 2008 MacBook pro and place it on an SSD.

    Then install the SSD to the MacBook....

    Any feedback is welcome... thanks.
     
  2. mid-city tim

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    It's very easy!

    I bought a JetDrive for my early 2013 Retina Macbook Pro and couldn't be happier. I went from 256GB to 960GB.

    If you have a late 2008 they have a drive that will work.

    Also see here.
     
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    SuperDuper will do what you need.
     
  4. sanrico

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    Subscribed. I've been wanting to do this very thing to my 2011 MBP.
     
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    You don't need external software to do this. Just install the SSD into the included external USB enclosure and plug it into the computer. Go to Disk Utility and do a "Restore" from the HDD to the SSD. Install the drive and then install the JetDrive Toolbox for SMART reporting and Trim.

    Easy Peasy...

    Here are the instructions.
     
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    Oh, forgot to ad, if you're going from SSD to SSD you can put your old drive into the included enclosure for a blindingly fast external drive!

    [​IMG]
     
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    Oh damn, Tim! I'm really sold on this!
     
  10. Mike Anderson

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    I did this on my 2009 Macbook Pro a few months ago. Easy peasy.

    It was a vast improvement in speed, and I went from 500 GB to 1 TB.
     
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    I did the swap about a year ago, sorta when they first came out, and everything is still working great!
     
  12. Srvwannab

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    It is easy-peasy and will transform your computer.

    I would ask yourself a couple of questions...
    First, in the "cloud" era, how much space do you need? SSD drives have gotten super inexpensive, but, there is a cost/size trade-off (obviously).
    Second, do you need to keep your optical drive? I bought a cheap drive caddy on Amazin and pulled my optical drive, allowing me to keep my old HD and also add the SSD as the main drive.

    In terms of how-to, again. Easy. Find a YouTube vid or two on the subject that will talk you through the process.

    You might want to consider upgrading your RAM- if you only have 4 GB, as that seems to help too.

    Good luck!
     
  13. Stonebandit

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    I had to boost the performance of my Late 2011 MacBook Pro.

    - upgrades were

    - 1 TB Samsung Evo SSD

    - Moved the 500 Gb to the Optical Bay & got an external DVD drive for the odd occasion.

    - dropped in two sticks of 8 Gb D Ram leaving me at 16Gb.

    It flies thou when in emulation the main program ESRI - a Global Mapping industry standard, still has a think about things occasionally. - however that is an absolutely huge and intensive program even on the Top of the line machine at Uni.
     
  14. Che_Guitarra

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    Yeah it's super easy. I swapped out my HD for an SSD after watching a couple of Youtube how-to vids... When it came down to it I think it took me all of 10-15 minutes to do from start to finish. Nothing hard about it at all - you just need a set of electronics screwdrivers... which are $5 to buy if you don't have any.

    Drive cloning - can't remember what I did but I do remember using Carbon Copy Cloner - again, super easy, nothing hard about it at all... just follow the instructions and you'll come up trumps.
     
  15. Srvwannab

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    I think I just used Time Machine last time to transfer the data.
     
  16. rickenbackerkid

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    Yeah super easy. Here's how I do it:

    1. Back up onto an external HDD using Time Machine.

    2. Install the new SSD

    3. Power on the MBP, then press command + R to boot into recovery mode

    4. Click on rebuild from Time Machine Backup, and follow the instructions.

    My ole MacBook is going great with an SSD and 8gb ram
     
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    I remember reading about MacBook upgrades at TGP a while ago. So, I did a search that brought me back to this thread, as well as to others regarding the same subject. After that, I thought it would be better to continue the discussion into the most recent thread, instead of starting a new one.

    Earlier this afternoon, I read several websites and blogs learning about:

    - what is the maximum RAM I could put into my Mid-2010 13" MacBook Pro;

    - what type of SATA interface there is inside my laptop (which happens to be SATA II);

    - if installing a SATA 3 SSD into my computer would bring enough improvement (yes, it does);

    - a few comparisons about different brands of SSD, when it comes to price, performance and reliability (where I also learned about the recommendation for a software called 'Trim Enabler').

    Now I know I'm going to upgrade my RAM to 8GB, as well as to replace my HD with a Samsung SSD. But I'm not sure about which model to choose.

    Considering that the SSD's performance is going to be limited by the SATA II interface, and that I don't want to waste money, which model would be the best option for me? 840 EVO, 850 PRO, or 850 EVO?
     
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    This.

     
  19. Beto

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    ˆWhile I appreciate your reply, I realize that perhaps I should have started a new thread. ;)
     
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    Because of the SATA II speed limitation, purchase the cheapest one you can find (I would guess it would be the 840, but I haven't checked current prices).
     

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