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Fbo6 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello, can anyone made a SSD working with a Mackbook Pro 13" early 2011, because i can't with a Samsung SSD 840 Pro 128 Gb . each time i got some beeps at boot time. thank you for helping me.

MacBook Pro (13-inch Early 2011), Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • sanjampet Level 5 (7,760 points)
  • secretstory Level 1 (0 points)

    I put one of these in a Mid 2009 13" Macbook Pro a few weeks ago and it worked fine. It's now living in my early 2006 Mac Mini and is also working well.


    What happens when you stick the original drive back in your Macbook?

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 (30,000 points)

    Can you take us through the steps you made to install the disk, erase the disk for use with your MBP and loading the OS onto the disk?


    Installing the disk is very easy, I know - I've a Crucial m4 512GB myself. So the only problem I could see there is not seating the SATA cable properly or a bad (or damaged) cable.


    But what steps did you follow afterward? Here's a good user tip about cloning a new HD or SSD from your old drive -


    Call back...



  • Fbo6 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello , a big thanks for all who try to help me, i solve my issue. and i am going to give you what i made for it working. I was constraint to make a partition with an other MacBook Pro but 2010 and not early 2011. and install the OSX from that 2010 machine after that, it works on my early 2011 model. I think the MBP EARLY 2011 have an issue with SSD.

  • dmdimon Level 3 (840 points)

    when it'll froze and /or crash, go here and update your firmware. It will cure the problem. Or do it right now.

  • Bastian Andre Level 1 (0 points)

    Does anybody know, if the Samsung 840 Pro 128GB ist not compatible with the Macbook 8,1 13" Early 2011 in general, or this was just a random problem Fbo6 had with his configuration.

    My EFI and SMC-Firmware is up to date.

    Or is it the SSD that needs a firmware update to work properly?


    Thank you!

  • Fbo6 Level 1 (0 points)

    @Bastian Andre, for my case every time i try to install a SSD on a MBP early 2011 ( M4 or 840 Pro) it's not work like it does ! and sometimes it's never work like for the M4 one. i have many off others MBP and it's work on the other machine exept on the MBP 2011. The EFI & SMC are up to date . the SATA Cable is ok because with a traditional Hard drive it's work properly. So i think Apple must tell that we have a problem with this MBP 2011 and the SSD from the main suppliers !

  • Bastian Andre Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for your fast reply.

    As far as i am not able to find any other discussion about this configuration, I must assume that you are right and there is a compatibility issue unless someone proofs the opposite.


    Maybe the Plextor M5 Pro 128GB is a good way to avoid any problems.

    Has anybody experience with that certain SSD in a MBP 13" 2011?

  • Bastian Andre Level 1 (0 points)

    I posted a thead about this issue on the macrumors forums.

    They are quiet confident this SSD should work properly in a MBP 13" Early 2011 under usual circumstances.


    See here!


    If anybody has more information on this configuration please let us know.

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 9 (56,691 points)

    What are you using as the source of software when you try to proceed with this installation? The MacBooks in this era are very fussy about exactly which version of Mac OS X software they will boot.

  • Bastian Andre Level 1 (0 points)

    I am currently on the latest version of ML (10.8.3)

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 9 (56,691 points)

    If the software you are using (to boot that troublesome MacBook) came shipped in the box with a particular model of Macintosh, it will only boot that model and no others -- even if it has been updated to later version of 10.8


    On the other hand, if that software came from a Purchased version of 10.8 (upgraded or not) it will boot any appropriate Mac.

  • Bastian Andre Level 1 (0 points)

    Yep. I think that wont be a problem for me in particular. I got my separately purchased copy of ML and installed via USB thumbdrive. I'll just go ahead and try the Samsung.

    I am thinking about throwing it in a caddy replacing my optical DVD drive, so i wont loose any storage.

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 (30,000 points)

    I wouldn't put a bootable SSD in the optical bay - for some reason, MacBook Pros just don't react kindly to a boot drive being in the optical bay.


    Have you resolved your problem or not?



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