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Old Sep 15th, 2012, 12:16 AM   #1
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Installing a SSD

I'm thinking of installing a SSD in my late 2008 MBP. Can anybody offer any advice if I do the following:

I'll keep the existing HD and move the Superdrive into an external case connecting with USB - does that make sense?

As most of the latest SSD's are SATA 3, should I move the existing HD into the slot left by the Superdrive (I know there's a carrier available). That would allow the SSD to use the existing HD SATA connection, which I think is better suited for the 6Gb. speed of SATA 3.

Does anybody have any comments on what 240 GB SSD offers the best performance/reliability?

One question I have is whether my MBP can actually run a SSD at 6GB - it's a pretty old machine whereas the SATA 3 is fairly new, so can a late 2008 MBP drive a ATA3 drive?

Thanks for your advice

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Old Sep 15th, 2012, 06:50 AM   #2
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What size late 2008 MBP? 15-inch or 17-inch? In the 15-inch both the HDD and ODD interfaces are 3 Gbps (SATA2). In the 17-inch, the HDD interface is 1.5 Gbps (SATA1) and the ODD is Ultra ATA.
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Old Sep 15th, 2012, 06:57 AM   #3
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I have gone the same way you're considering. I removed my Superdrive and installed an additional SSD in a carrier. There are lots of carriers out there for very cheap. One thing to remember. You cannot flash the firmware of an SSD with an external drive. It's non-bootable. You'd have to replace your Superdrive to flash. OWC states that on their website but they're working on a fix. I believe it's a thing with Apple. I've got an OWC 6GB and a Mushkin 3GB. My mid-2010 MBP, I found out before installing, cannot take advantage of the 6GB. There is no resolve with this, either. I figured I'd get the 6GB for possible future upgrading. I'm pleased with both my OWC (Electra) and Mushkin. No issues at all.

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Old Sep 15th, 2012, 08:19 AM   #4
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I did the same thing in an early 2008 15" MBP, so non unibody one. Had no issues, stuck the SSD where the hard drive was and then the hard drive in a caddy to replace the optical drive.

I didn't bother doing anything with the optical drive and its sitting in a drawer.

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Old Sep 15th, 2012, 11:52 AM   #5
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I would put the SSD in the drive bay and move the old drive into an optibay. If you do a search here you'll find a number of recent threads on this very subject.
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Old Sep 27th, 2012, 06:10 PM   #6
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Just to finish off the thread, and thanks to all who replied.

I got a 240GB OCZ Agility 4 for a decent price from TigerDirect, a HDD carrier to go in the Optical Drive location and a nice brushed aluminum case for the OD to convert it into an external CD connected by USB. Got the carrier and OD case from Amazon - total cost $25.

I know my Late 2008 MBP is only SATA 2, whereas the OCZ SSD is SATA 3 - there was little difference in the price and the SATA 3 is backwards compatible. Might as well buy the latest kit for the same price.

It was a real easy switch - open back, pull out old HD and put it in the carrier. Pull out the OD and put it into the enclosure. Then drop the carrier into the OD slot - 3 screws and 1 connector. FInally, put the SSD in the old HD space - I screw and 1 connector. Then seal up the back. Finally, Carbon Copy Clone everything, apart from the user files, from the old HD to your newly formatted SSD. Set the SSD as boot disk in Sys Prefs. and you are done.

The speed difference is huge - and it would be faster if my MBP could run at SATA 3. Even so, I boot in around 45 seconds and everything is notably faster - for a 4 year old machine it's pretty fast.

Seems to me that this should be the second upgrade many should consider - the first is max. out the RAM - its not expensive or difficult to do yourself.

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Old Sep 28th, 2012, 02:34 PM   #7
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Glad to hear you got it all figured and it worked well!
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Old Sep 28th, 2012, 03:01 PM   #8
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You're lucky your 2008 MBPro has Serial ATA (3 Gb/s) which I forgot my mid-2007 MBPro when I recently installed an OCZ SSD only has SATA 2, and only Serial ATA (1.5 Gb/s).

No wonder I didn't see much speed increase.
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Old Sep 29th, 2012, 12:31 PM   #9
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Sounds like we have the same machine. Love the speed increase. I got the Vertex 4 128G and I boot in about 25 seconds. Setting up brand new MBPs machines for family this summer was frustratingly slow. I'm used to the SSD speed now. The brand new super fast MBPs (non retina) were very slow in comparison to my 4 year old machine.

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