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Old Jun 3rd, 2010, 08:38 PM   #1
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Black MacBook (2.16 GHz) Compatible with SSD's?

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I have an older generation black macbook (2.16 GHz model), and I've been plagued with the clicking hard drive problem. I've gone through two hard drives in the past 6 months, and currently the 3rd one is clicking its life away (still running though ).

I was wondering if upgrading the laptop with a solid state drive would fix the issue, but I'm not sure whether it is compatible. Could anyone shed some light on this?

I read a post on this forum about someone having issues installing OS X 10.4 after upgrading to an SSD on the similar model... any further info on that would be appreciated as well.

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Old Jun 3rd, 2010, 08:56 PM   #2
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An SSD will not only work fine but also make your drive access faster and use less battery.

So to answer your question.. Yes. Get one.
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Old Jun 4th, 2010, 12:38 AM   #3
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I'm not sure about 10.4, it might be too old to work properly on SSD's. 10.6 works like a charm though!
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I'm not sure about 10.4, it might be too old to work properly on SSD's. 10.6 works like a charm though!
I missed the part where they were running 10.4. I think you should upgrade to at least Leopard first. You will see a speed boost at the OS level for sure.

They may be the only intel mac owner still running Tiger.
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Just wanted to add that I upgraded my first gen MacBook to an Intel X-25V 40GB, and have been amazed at the speed difference. I wasn't sure it would be worth it to upgrade such an old machine, but it has breathed new life. Only problem is I have to watch my GB's.
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Yep, an SSD upgrade is the cheapest, most impactful upgrade you can make to an aging machine - especially with 60GB drives settling in around the ~$100 mark when on sale.
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Old Jun 4th, 2010, 08:13 PM   #7
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Thanks for the responses guys... If it works with 10.6 then that's probably the route I'm going to take. SSD's are getting cheaper at quite a decent rate too (I saw a 128GB Kingston drive at Canada Computers for around $250; almost $1.95 per gig... not too bad!).

I really just want to find out if this clicking and hard drive failure will go away if I install an SSD... Somehow I doubt this, but I'm probably going to consult the "Geniuses" at Apple :P
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