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How can I upgrade this with a SSD?

Hello, ifixit-Team!

I have a question about my MacBook Pro (Late 2008). To be more specific, those are the last 3 numbers of my serial number: 1GA (if that helps).

I am thinking about replacing the original hard drive (a 320-GB-Sata drive) with a new SSD. But now, I have a few questions:

1.: It says in my Mac-Manual that a drive needs to be 2.5" - Can you suggest specific ones?

2.: I heard, that Intel's SSDs are good. Is that true? I will need about 250 GB - Can you suggest specific ones?

3.: Does my model of MacBook Pro have a good enough Sata "Connector" (Don't know how I call this)?




How does the Intel system with the series work? Is 320 the worst and 920 the best or what? I don't really get the system.

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Apple MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.53 15" (Unibody) Specs

Identifiers: Late 2008/Unibody - MB471LL/A - MacBookPro5,1 - A1286 - 2255


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I can speak on a few of the things you're asking about, but probably not all of them. 2.5" is the standard size for laptop hard drives. I will say that Intel SSDs are extremely good, and are the models we currently use in our machines. They aren't the cheapest on the market, but if you read a lot of reviews on Newegg and similar sites about inexpensive SSDs, people tend to experience a lot of failures before 6 months.

You say that you want a 250 GB drive; I will say that an SSD of that size is going to cost you. If the additional cost is fine for you, then by all means do it. My personal suggestion if money is not flowing so freely, though, is to get a smaller SSD (120/128 GB) and keep most of your bigger files like music, movies, and pictures on a separate spinning drive. You may use an external drive, or if you don't use CDs hardly ever, you may replace your optical drive with an optical bay hard drive enclosure. The hard drive you install in that enclosure will mount to your desktop just like an external drive, except you always have it with you!


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