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Updating to SSD

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Nov 13, 2013 8:26 PM

Hey guys,


Well, just a five months ago i purchased my macbook pro 15" mid 2012. I already upgraded the ram from 8gb to 16gb and now i need to upgrad my HD to SSD, i truly need some help on choosing a good one that won't crash on me. After searching around for awhile, i read that ALOT of people complaint about the Samsung brand ( even though that's what apple uses as default ssd ), it crashes!!! Also was told not to buy them from OWC, for the same reason. So now i am stuck and don't know where to go from here, can someone help me out?


Thank you.



MacBook Pro, OS X Mavericks (10.9), Macbook Pro 15"
  • GeekBoy.from.Illinois Level 4 Level 4 (2,730 points)
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    Nov 13, 2013 9:10 PM (in response to Cub301)

    If OWC sells it, then they have tested it to work with the model Macs they indicate it to be compatible with.  IIRC, the Crucial M500 960GB drive is rated almost as high as the Samsung EVO 840 1TB SSD drive, and the MSRP of the Crucial drive is about $50 less as well.  I'm pretty sure the Crucial drive is sold by OWC, so it might be something for you to consider...

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,095 points)
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    Nov 13, 2013 9:42 PM (in response to Cub301)

    Well, I have an SSD from OWC as well as external hard drives and they are one of the most trusted and Mac-centric vendors in the US. I've not had a problem with their customer service either. A hard drive crash can be attributed to a hardware problem, but could also be caused by a software corruption problem. In either case, there is no way to ensure that a drive will not crash.

  • Robodisko Level 3 Level 3 (725 points)
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    Nov 13, 2013 11:24 PM (in response to Cub301)

    I highly recommend my Samsung 840 Pro. One of the fastest and most reliable drives out there. The samsng evo drive has had issues in macs which sounds like a firmware issue and may have been resolved, but the pro model is very good.


    Crucials M500 is a little slow on write speeds for a modern SSD, but is reliable none the less. I have no experience of OWC drives myself.

  • hands4 Level 4 Level 4 (2,215 points)
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    Nov 21, 2013 10:18 PM (in response to Cub301)

    The SSD is much faster than an HDD and more expensive.  You do not need to worry about wearing out the SSD.  It is designed for a very large number of write cycles.  Of course, it can fail just as any HDD can, so you need to maintain good backups in either case.  SSD performance will slow as they are used but even so they remain much faster than HDDs.


    Look at the Other World Computing (OWC) and Crucial web sites to find parts that fit your specific Mac.  To find your model number:

     > About This Mac > More Info... > System Report...> Model Identifier:


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