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  • sidonsoft Level 2 Level 2

    I have had a refurbished unit before, it was as new just without the shrink wrap.  The apple care is international and will even transfer to another person if you sell or give the unit away. 

  • dwb Level 7 Level 7
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    As sidonsoft said, Apple is using the Samsung 830 series in their computers and it is the same model I installed in my MBP last year. I'm totally satisfied with it. Prices have dropped by 50 since I bought mine. I use a second generation Seagate hybrid on my home iMac and I've been very happy with it - it isn't quite as fast as the SSD but it is very close.

     

    You have a year to purchase AppleCare and while I almost never buy it for a desktop I almost always do for the notebooks. First, I buy base model notebooks and usually sell within 2 years. This gives the new owner a warranty for about a year so I get top dollar for my sale and never have trouble selling. Even if you intend to keep the computer for its lifetime, the warranty could pay for itself with one repair.

  • sidonsoft Level 2 Level 2

    dwb,

     

    do you know if the samsung 830 will have trim enabled in mountain lion like the Apple SSD SM256E? also the 840 pro series samsung is rated 15% faster than the 830. 

     

    The 830 is good value at a touch under $200, I use Kingston for my desktop SSD as they honour warranty with a salute and a smile for lifetime

     

    Message was edited by: sidonsoft ** lifetime for their ram, only 5 years for the SSD

  • JShimazaki Level 2 Level 2

    sidonsoft, if you purchase an after market SSD not sold buy by Apple, TRIM will not be enabled. I use OCZ Vertex 4 512GB in my Macbook Pro. I bought it because it has a 5 year guarantee warrantee. It tooke me less than 2 hours to complete the replacement, installing the OS, and transferring the data/applications including my multiple VMs.

  • specula Level 1 Level 1

    how do you install the ssd and then put the os in it and all other stuff is it hard?can you do it own your own or do you have to go to apple

    i ordered my refurb mbp and now m jus deciding which ssd to buy and how do you install it and if installing an outside ssd void warranty?

  • dwb Level 7 Level 7
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    Notebooks

    Trim is not enabled for 3rd party SSDs. If you Google 'trim enabler Mt Lion' you'll find a hack. I've used it - Hardware Profiler shows trim is enabled. So far I've had no trouble. Your mileage may vary.

  • JShimazaki Level 2 Level 2

    Specula, unfortunately, you can not go to Apple to have them install it since it is not covered under the Apple Care. So you will have to install it yourself. Installing/replacing any user upgradable hardware does not void the warranty unless you physically damage any connectors or other parts in theMacbook. It's really simple to do. There are plenty of websites and including Youtube to install a SSD in a Macbook. I bought the OCZ Vertex 4 512GB model. The key to a quick install is that I put Mountain Lion on a flash drive and installed it from that. Overall it took me less than 2 hours to complete everything including transferring the data and applications. No matter which SSD you decide on make sure the firmware is up to date and check the reviews on it. Some SSD's can be picky especially on a Mac.

  • dwb Level 7 Level 7
    expertise.notebooks
    Notebooks

    Check out OWC for great installation movies. The easiest way to perform this operation is to purchase an external case for the drive you are removing - this makes the job fast and easy plus it gives you a backup drive when you are finished. Again, see MacSales.  I installed the new drive and placed the stock drive into the external case. Then I booted with the external drive, ran Disk Utility and formatted the SSD. Then I used a program called SuperDuper! to copy the external drive to the SSD. Of course the old drive didn't have enough data to fill the SSD.

     

    The entire process took me about 1:30 minutes.

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