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Intel 330 SSD or Crucial M4 SSD?

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rikukev Calculating status...
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Nov 16, 2012 9:28 AM

I'm thinking of buying an SSD. Which of the two is better, intel 330 or crucial m4? Are SSDs worth it? From what I have read so far, it sometimes crashes, unworkable and unpredictable. Is it true? Should I stick to HDD(a probable, tested reliable storage) or to SSD? Thanks!


BTW, I have a Macbook Pro 13" Early 2011. Thankyou again guys!

MacBook Pro (13-inch Early 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • keg55 Level 5 Level 5 (5,605 points)
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    Nov 16, 2012 10:00 AM (in response to rikukev)

    I can't answer your question regarding which brand is better. But, I can tell you I haven't had any issues with the SSD (256GB) that came in my rMBP mid-2012. No crashes, totally workable, predictable and fast! With my prior MBP mid-2010, ML would boot up within 20-30 seconds. Now, with the SSD it boots within 8-10 seconds.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,745 points)
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    Nov 16, 2012 11:08 AM (in response to rikukev)

    I don't have a specific recommendation, but whichever SSD you choose, make sure the firmware can be updated on a Mac. That's not the case with many.

  • JL1365 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 17, 2013 2:56 PM (in response to rikukev)

    I just got a Crucial M4 256GB SSD. Out of the gate: issues.  First, Crucial failed to even mail it, so they credited my shipping costs.


    History - I ordered the SSD for several reasons; speed, power savings, less risk of crask (I have a Macbook Pro 13" 2010, on it's 3rd Hard Drive, plus to full OS crashes).  I spoke with Tech Support as my drive is partititioned with Lion OS on one side, Windows 7 on the other.  They stated, the transfer cable & software will clone the entire drive; both OS.  The SSD came with the CD and Transfer cable.


    I watch the online videos, looks simple enough.  I install the CD, power down, attach cable to SSD and plug into the USB, then repower the Macbook, holding the C to boot from the CD.  All goes well, until I get to the Licensing Agreement screen; the boot up deactivates the mousepad, so can't make a choice of Accept or Decline.


    I go to Crucial Live Chat - Justin tells me to boot from the CD. Yes, Justin, did that. He says call Tech Support.  Call Tech Support. Darlene tells me, "Oh, you have the wrong CD, that's for Windows."  I replied "Then why did I use Crucials online System Scanner, which ID my macbook beautifully, and I get the wrong CD. Does that mean I have the wrong SSD?"  She had to check.  "No sir, you have the right drive, go to our site and download SuperDuper software, then try it."


    I decide to ask again about cloning a partitioned drive; "Uh, no sir, you have to clone Mac OS first, then the Windows side."  I explained Tech Support said I could, gave the name and date I called. She comes back; No have to do them separately.


    So, jus to throw stupidity to the wind, I said "well, the macbook isn't reading the SSD as an external drive at this time, so how does one partition it, to clone Windows later?  I'd have to clone Lion now, install SSD in Mac, partition drive, pull SSD, replaced old hard drive, then clone Windows, then reinstall SSD?


    Darlene; "I'm not sure, but go to our site."  Me; "That's okay, I'll return the SSD and call it a day."

  • JL1365 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 12:14 PM (in response to JL1365)

    Good Day,


    Update to my situation.  I can get frustrated, but I hate giving up on something.  So, I re-thought my situation and decided to tackle from a different approach.  Knowing Crucial included the wrong CD, and steps to rectify the situation, I decided on a fresh install.


    My Macbook Pro 13" (2010) had been running slow. It would take 1 min 30 secs to even boot up. Applications took longer than they should to open. My thought was there is something causing this, why clone it over to the new SSD? 


    I don't have a ton of softwares on my Macbook: Aperture, some web design apps (Fetch, Banner Zest) and then on the Windows 7 side of my old drive (partitioned using Bootcamp), I had MS Office Suite.  I don't store many pics or docs on my computer. So, here's what I did


    1) removed old HD

    2) installed new Crucial SSD

    3) Installed Mac OS X original install disk

    4) Formatted SSD for Mac OS - that went well

    5) Installed Mac OS X - Snow Leopard - all went well

    6) Partitioned the drive via Bootcamp

    7) Installed Windows 7 on the partition

    8) Put in OS disk to install and activate Bootcamp files for the Windows side


    All has worked out great. I upgraded my Macbook to 8GBs previously, but still ran slow with old HD.  Now, everything flies. Whether staring up in Mac OS or Windows, startup time is 15 seconds!!!!!  shut down is 5 seconds.


    I will now install those softwares I used as I have the original install disks. I think this is a good way to go if you don't have a ton of files, pics, docs and softwares.


    I've already seen a signficant savings on the battery drain using an SSD, about  28% in initial trials. The write time for test files is fast.


    I'm happy I stuck it out.


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