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Old Feb 18th, 2012, 12:31 PM   #1
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Question about new SSD

I didn't want to keep hijacking another post, so I figured i would ask on a new post.

I am thinking of getting the Mushkin Chronos 240GB, but are there any differences in the SSD's? Or should I just stick with a 128GB? I have a 500GB currently, and it is over half full.

I have been hearing that the OCZ drives are cheap, but the reliability is pretty poor.

Any thoughts?

Mushkin Chronos 240GB 2.5IN SATA3 Sandforce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive - Mushkin Enhanced - MKNSSDCR240GB
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Old Feb 18th, 2012, 01:13 PM   #2
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I'm not sure I'd say the OCZ's reliability is that far off the norm as they are very popular so the stats will always reflect that. I don't know about the mushkin but the thing with all SSD's is the firmware...you NEED solid firmware for the drive to perform properly and they typically release several firmware versions so you have to have a way to upgrade the firmware. That trick is easy on a PC...it isn't often easy on a Mac so look into that aspect for sure which ever drive you get.
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Old Feb 18th, 2012, 01:58 PM   #3
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So in theory I could install bootcamp and install Windows 7 on a spare drive, and flash the firmware that way.

Or another way would be use a USB connector and plug it into either my Wife's laptop or one of the 200 machines we have at work.

Its pretty amusing that you NEED to upgrade the firmware on the SSD. I do not think I have ever flashed a normal mechanical hard drive with a new firmware.

Thank you for all your help. I really appreciate it.
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Old Feb 18th, 2012, 02:15 PM   #4
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I just bought this enclosure. less than 20 bucks. It will take 3 weeks delivery mind you, but that is okay with me

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/New-Apple-Mac...#ht_2895wt_986
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Old Feb 18th, 2012, 02:54 PM   #5
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No...you need to have the SSD plugged directly into a sata port so you can't use a USB case or cable to flash the firmware. Having windows on another local drive should work though.
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I didn't want to keep hijacking another post, so I figured i would ask on a new post.

I am thinking of getting the Mushkin Chronos 240GB, but are there any differences in the SSD's? Or should I just stick with a 128GB? I have a 500GB currently, and it is over half full.

I have been hearing that the OCZ drives are cheap, but the reliability is pretty poor.

Any thoughts?

Mushkin Chronos 240GB 2.5IN SATA3 Sandforce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive - Mushkin Enhanced - MKNSSDCR240GB
My OCZ Agility 3 has been trouble free since I installed it about 3 months ago. Most of the earlier SSD's using the Sandforce SF-2281 controller had issues and required firmware updates. I believe the issues where with the SF-2281 controller itself, and where not specific to Corsair, OCZ etc.

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I just bought this enclosure. less than 20 bucks. It will take 3 weeks delivery mind you, but that is okay with me

New Apple Macbook Pro Optibay 2nd HDD Hard Drive Caddy Module Tray SATA 9.5mm | eBay
That's a universal caddy which you'll need to modify in order to fit into your unibody MBP.

Like I mentioned in my reply to you in the other thread, this one will drop right in without any modifications.

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/220810644282?...ht_3276wt_1447

http://www.ehmac.ca/anything-mac/993...ive-mbp-2.html
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I don't have a MBP, just a normal MacBook. If I need to modify it a bit that is okay with me. It says it is 9.5mm, so I am good with that.

Now I just need to look for a good SSD. What is the SSD controller I should be looking for then if the SF-2281 are troublesome?
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I don't have a MBP, just a normal MacBook. If I need to modify it a bit that is okay with me. It says it is 9.5mm, so I am good with that.
Is yours a Mid-2010 - MC516LL/A - MacBook7,1? If so, then the caddy I mentioned fits without mods, but since your comfortable with modding then you should be able to make the other one work too.

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Now I just need to look for a good SSD. What is the SSD controller I should be looking for then if the SF-2281 are troublesome?
AFAIK, The SF- 2281 controller is the best choice atm. When SandForce introduced these controllers there where some issues for some users which I believe have been resolved through firmware updates by the various companies that are using this controller.

Having said this, your MacBook is only capable of Sata 2 therefore it cannot utilize the max speed that the SF-2281 provides. Apple didn't support Sata 3 until 2011 MBP's.
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Okay. This all sounds good. Now I am debating between the OCZ and the Mushkin 240GB version. There is only less than 10 dollar difference between the 2 drives. Guess I will be reading up this weekend.

I was hoping to wait until summer, but I have that upgrade itch now
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Keep OWC SSD's in mind as well: Mercury 6G Solid State Drives 2.5" Serial-ATA 9.5mm 6Gb/s.
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