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Review MacBook Pro Compatible Solid State Drives

When you purchase any laptop you're given options to upgrade the hardware, but in nearly every case that hardware is overpriced. The MacBook Pro is no exception. You're given an option to upgrade to 1TB hard drive from a 750GB hard drive for $100 or give up your original hard drive and pay $100 to $600 in order to upgrade to a solid state drive from 100GB to 500GB.

Save Money Buy Installing Your Own Solid State Drive:

For about half of the cost of upgrading your MacBook Pro directly from Apple you can purchase a solid state drive and install it yourself. While Mac users sometimes hesitate to upgrade their hardware its important to realize that the solid state drives which Apple uses in its MacBook Pro, Samsung's model 830 are readily available on the market.

Need Help Installing? Try this post on Installing a SSD for MacBook Pro.

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Samsung 840

A few months ago I purchased the Samsung 840 (250 GB version) for my MacBook Pro. I was surprised at just what a difference this small drive made to the performance of not only my loading time, but also every application or program that I opened. It kind of reminds me of the performance boost I first got when the Pentium processor was introduced and, to be honest, I can't imagine going back to a standard HDD.

The reason that I'm recommending the Samsung 840 isn't because it's the fastest SSD on the market as its certainly not. What it does do better, in my opinion, than any other solid state drive on the market is give you good speed and high capacity for the money you spend.

*Tip: If write times are important to you, then consider spending a bit more and going with the Samsung 840 PRO version which Tom's Hardware recommends as one of the fastest and most efficient solid state drives on the market.

What verified customers think:

"If time is money, than money on this Samsung SSD is money very well spent."

"I use this SSD as my boot drive, and everything I throw at it is lightning fast. I haven't had any issues at all, and I've had it installed and running for a little over a month. I highly recommend it."

Key Features of the Samsung 840 250 GB Version:

Up to 530 MB/s read, 240 MB/s write, Up to 95,000 IOPS 4k random read, Up to 44,000 IOPS 4k random write, 1.5M MTBF, and includes a 3 year parts and labor warranty.

Crucial M4 SSD
Crucial M4 SSD

Crucial m4 256GB 2.5-Inch

Another really good SSD option in this price range is the Crucial M4 which offers slightly lower speeds but gives you a bit more storage for the same price.

Crucial M4 Vs. Samsung 840:

Here are the M4's main technical details for you to compare with the Samsung 840 above:

Up to 500 MB/s read, Up to 260 MB/s write, Up to 45,000 IOPS 4kb random read, Up to 50,000 IOPS 4kb random write, 1.2M Hours MTBF, Marvell control, and includes a 3 year parts and labor warranty.

Pricey, but Fast - OCZ Vertex 4

The OCZ Vertex 4 will give you a slightly faster read time (up to 560MB/s) and substantially improved write time (up to 510MB/s) if you're willing to pay a little bit more for your space.


For me, I'm sticking with the Samsung 840 series. It's one of the fastest and most efficient solid state drives on the market and should definitely be in anyone's top 5.

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