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Most compatible SSD drive for a Macbook

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Starkweather Calculating status...
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Jan 7, 2012 11:43 AM

Recently I got an OCZ Agility 3, which worked super fast in my Late 2007 Macbook and I was generally pleased with it. But unfortunately beach ball freezes occured every once in a while and it was too annoying to put up – so I had to return it.


Now it may just have been that one drive that was the problem, but are there any brands I should take into consideration, perhaps something more Mac compatible?

Macbook 3,1 - intel core duo - 2.2 GHZ -, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • wrxtasy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 15, 2012 7:13 PM (in response to Starkweather)

    OCZ SSD's have had a lot of problems as of late in Macbooks...


    I would be looking at the SSD drives from OWC.

    You would only need a Pro 3G SSD drive, but if you plan on upgrading to a 2011+ Mac in future look into the 6G Electra or the 6G Extreme.

    These will really fly on late model Mac's.

  • shldr2thewheel Level 7 Level 7 (25,345 points)
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    Jan 15, 2012 9:18 PM (in response to Starkweather)
  • bigsargewaymo7 Calculating status...
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    Jan 20, 2013 11:36 AM (in response to Starkweather)

    I have been through 3 drives right now and finally found one that not only worked flawlessly but blows the rest away. The first one i got was a Crucial SSD and although it worked and was good on start up and shut down. When launching programs I would get the color wheel allllll the time. The I got an OCZ Hyper X and I also had the same exact problem with that one. Then I got a Plextor and that was a nightmare of non-compatiblity right there and not only that I bought it from Newegg and Newegg woudlnt' take it back. I had it for two days and they pretty much told me to screw. I got to Amazon for everything now.


      But finallllllly!!!!!! After lots of research and knowing that these people specialize in Macs. But OWC SSDs ARE THE BEST FOR MACS!!!! Go to their actual website because they for some reason are more expensive on Amazon. Their site is called Other World Computing. I got the 256GB for $229 so it was a little more expensive but on the upside they are made in America so you know there isn't a little enslaved kid gettin the eva lovin crap kicked out of him for not producing enough drives that day just to make your drive.


       So long story short OWC Drives!!!!! and don't get the Pro, the regular ones are just as fast. The Pros are for like RAID and all kinds of other jazz when you just want speed go with the Regular SSDs. I heard Samsungs 840 SSDs work good with macs but you gotta keep in mind that as Apple and Samsung go at it and when Apple keeps updating their OS will Samsung even give a crap to come out with new firware for the drive to be more compatible that is why i didn't go with Samsung.

  • Rob. G. Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Jan 20, 2013 2:36 PM (in response to Starkweather)

    I have a Crucial m4 in my late 2011 Macbook Pro.  Haven't had any problems.  Just be sure to enable TRIM.

  • bigsargewaymo7 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 20, 2013 4:01 PM (in response to Rob. G.)

    I had the exact same Crucial M4 SSD in mine. I don't know what enabling TRIM is but i called Crucial and they didn't tell me to do that. They asked me what firmware i was running and I was running the latest firmware and they let me downgrade but I was still seeing the color wheel all the time. I had a MC700 early 2011 2.3Ghz macbook pro. So I don't know if we have the same one but it sure didn't work for mine. I don't know what that TRIM is though or how to enable it.


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