I will replace the HD and boot to the old HD using FW. Then clone the old to the new and boot up from the new HD.
Any 3G (Sata II) drive will work. However, your MBP is 6G (Sata III), so you may want to try any 6G drive from Corsair, Intel, etc. OWC and OCZ seem to understand Mac users more. There have been reported issues with some MBP not working with 6G drives.
The point is that i have SATA 3.0GB/S INTEL 320 series,120GB and i am very pleased with my choise, why ? Because I think the diffirence between 520 and 320 is minimun plus the quality and speed the same. 2 months now and my SSD and it really pays of in performance and batterie life what else can i say.
So for my 15" Macbook Pro late 2008 what do you recommend as 250GB or larger SSD? OWC? Samsung? Will TRIM work?
Your MBP runs at SATA I (1.5Gbps), so putting a SATA III like a OWC Mercury 6G (SATA III / 6Gbps) is a bit of a waste. However with the money would spend on an SSD, it could be viewed as an investment that could be transferred to any updated MBP you may wish to buy.
It is true that SSD models have become out of date extremely quickly, and are still progressing at a very fast rate. However I believe now is a good time to buy, as they are more than fast enough. And obviously your hardware is going to limit the SSD's speed ability quite substantially.
But to be honest, a 480GB SSD is going to cost you as much as buying a newer MBP off ebay etc. And that in my opinion, would be a far better investment of your money. However as I mentioned, the SSD could be used in a future upgrade, so it's really up to you. If you can a good one that can be forced down to SATA I (1.5Gbps), and unleashed at SATA II or III (3Gbps / 6Gbps) when you purchase a new system, then that would be ideal.
And I have a clone on a external disk, I guess I can use that to put my whole system on the SSD once it is installed ?
Absolutely, that's exactly the right way to do it. Or you could mount your current internal HDD in an enclosure, thereby converting it to an external. But having a backup clone as you do is both smart & the most effective way to insure yourself against a failure.
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thanks, thiis is interesting. but all this I do find is getting to the point of being ridiculous, I have a perfectly good Macbook Pro only 2,5 years old and basically Apple says get anew one can't upgrade it we want your money! But I know I know technology develops so fast but does it really? I have a Mac tower G5 and it is still working like a charm since 2003, except for processing Raw image files and for some reason videos like youtube.
back to the SSD , I do not need a 480 Gb one but if you can't have the full benefits of a SSD I am looking for plus the hazzle of replacing the HD, what is the point?
many thanks for the feedback, I think I will stick with the HD.
I have both 128GB and 240GB SSDs on different computers and find it sufficient. I do a lot of photo editing work and will transfer the photos first to the Mac for the workflow since it is so fast. Only after I'm done with the editing will I copy then to my NAS. I will delete all the data from the Mac. I do not play a lot of games so I prefer to keep only files that are necessary on the SSD.
I just put a 512gb Crucial M4 SSD in my mid 2009 MacBook Pro. Works perfectly. It's the most worthwhile upgrade I have ever made. Incredible speed difference, it's like a new machine. I was planning on upgrading my Mac and have put this on hold now.
The M4 is 6gb/s speed but runs at 3 on the older machines. When I eventually put this in my new MacBook Pro in April, it will run at 6.
Actually your right, if you install a new SSD and you don't format, partition, set GUID, and install LION from a USB key then your in for a lot of pain. Plus if you attempted to setup the SSD and did anything wrong it won't boot.
It takes not only the correct steps in the correct order, but the USB key Lion setup by holding down the option key is the best way to get the new drive up and running. You can open a Disk Utility from the USB Key.
If you had it working then it stopped working, and it is in the same drive bay that the HDD was in origionally, make sure all your firmware is updated and your connections are tight inside. I noticed it takes a few attempts to get the boot order fixed after you change to an SSD if your old HDD is connected in some way.
It is harder than it looks for some people, my Dad should have been able to do it himself but I had to do it for him... He has installed and built lots of computers and has an MCSE but I still had better luck and more experience inside a laptop.
About to order SSD please could you advice which of these following SSD best choice. thx in advance
MBP 2010 17 i5 500gb hdd 5400rpm
1) Corsair Force 120GB Series 3 Series SATA III
2)OCZ Agility 3 120GB SSD
3) Intel 120GB 330 Series SSD SATA III
Intel 330 Series
33000 IOPS Max
1st and 2nd same price, Intel is slightly expensive but in this case technical performance important rather than "financial"
Also, is that make a sense if install SSD in primary HDD bay and move HDD to optic drive bay?
OWC makes ssd'd that work well in the latest MacBook Pros. I have 2 installed already.
Super fast boot time.
Great service and support.
Ask for David Schachter.
Move your stock hard drive to the optical bay.
You can send your laptop to them, they will do the whole thing and you will have it back in less than a week.
Hope this helps.