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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Works great with MacBook Pro., 6 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Crucial CT064M4SSD2 64GB M4 SATA III 6Gb/s MLC 2.5 Inch Internal SSD (Personal Computers)
This works very well with my MacBook Pro (15 inch early 2011). However it is necessary to install a firmware update (see instructions below) in order for the SSD to work. Once installed I noticed a dramatic speed improvement. Did a fresh install of Mountain Lion and it's like a new laptop!

Instructions for MacBook Pro (early 2011):

1) Backup your files to an external hard drive with Time Machine.

2) Go to the Crucial website and download the latest firmware (as of writing version 000F). This consists of a .iso and a .pdf guide.

3) Burn the iso to a black CD or DVD using Disk Utility. (The USB option did NOT work for me!). There's plenty of guides/videos on how to burn an .iso if you search the web.

4) Two options at this point: a) Create a bootable OS X install USB so that you can install an operating system on the SSD once it's installed or b) use your Time Machine backup to copy your files to your new SSD. I'll follow option a).

5) Insert the firmware DVD/CD into your Macbook and shut it down. Open it up and remove your current hard drive. Replace it with the SSD and screw everything back in place (again there's plenty of excellent videos online if you're unsure...)

6) Turn on your MacBook. I didn't have to press anything. After about 30 seconds the firmware updater presented itself. You'll be prompted for a 'yes' or 'no'. Type 'yes' and hit enter. After another minute or so the firmware will be updated.

7) Hold the power button to switch off your MacBook. Insert your OS X install USB stick. Power up your MacBook while holding the option key. Select the OS X installer.

8) Once you've booted into the USB installer you'll be presented with a menu. Select Disk Utility. If everything has gone according to plan you should see your new SSD drive in the menu. Reformat it to Mac OS (Journaled). Exit Disk Utility and from the menu you can now select Install OS X. Choose this and select your SSD for installation.

Additional options:

At this point you might want to invest in a special hard drive caddy that allows your to replace the internal DVD drive with a second hard drive. I bought the brainy deal version for about £12 on amazon. If you want to use this open up your MacBook again. Unscrew the DVD drive and replace it with your the hard drive caddy containing your original HD (again plenty of good guides online..). With this setup you have the speed of an SSD and the larger storage capacity of hard drive. Obviously install the system and apps on the SSD. Larger downloads, movies, or backups can be placed on your second hard drive.

Enjoy!
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Initial post: 8 Jun 2013 15:42:42 BDT
I am looking to buy an SSD drive for my Macbook Pro (I have the 13" one - bought around August 2011 so about same time as you).

I am tech savvy so already pretty much knew what to do - installed RAM myself, reinstalled OS, know my way around a computer etc - but its good to know exactly what to do. I have read that I will need some tools - one to open to Mac cover and another to remove/install drives??

Was it easy to install the hard drive caddy??

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jun 2013 10:08:47 BDT
jbarrett says:
Yes it's quite straightforward. If you've installed RAM before then it shouldn't be a problem for you. Good luck!

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jun 2013 11:03:22 BDT
Thanks. I may end up getting a different SSD (Samsung 840) but the steps to install and setup will be very similar.

I also use TimeMachine as my backup.
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