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Your 2011 system '''IS a SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) system!''' So I have no idea where you got that idea it wasn't! For reference review your systems specs here: [https://everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook_pro/specs/macbook-pro-core-i7-2.0-15-early-2011-unibody-thunderbolt-specs.html|MacBook Pro 15" 2.0 GHz i7 (Early 2011)] I grabbed the lowest model in the series here as they are all the same. Jump down to 'Storage Interface' where it clearly states '''(6 Gb/s)''6.0 Gb/s'''''
Your 2011 system '''IS a SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) system!''' So I have no idea where you got that idea it wasn't! For reference review your systems specs here: [https://everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook_pro/specs/macbook-pro-core-i7-2.0-15-early-2011-unibody-thunderbolt-specs.html|MacBook Pro 15" 2.0 GHz i7 (Early 2011)] I grabbed the lowest model in the series here as they are all the same. Jump down to 'Storage Interface' where it clearly states '''(6 Gb/s)''6.0 Gb/s'''''
 
So lets see if we can figure out why your system is having problems. First you really need the newer SATA cable (2012 model) [product|IF161-100-4] as its the better cable. Even still I place electricians tape on the uppercase when the cable rests as the rough aluminum surface of the uppercase wears the cable! I also take care not to over do the fold bends as that can fatigue the thin foil pathways of the conductors. Follow this IFIXIT guide: [guide|5894]. I'm sure your cable is damaged or if this is a new cable defective, needs replacing!
 
Did you create a bootable OS installer? [https://www.macworld.com/article/3092900/macs/how-to-create-a-bootable-macos-sierra-installer-drive.html|How to create a bootable macOS Sierra installer drive] You'll need to boot up under it and then run Disk Utility to create a GUID Journaled partition. You'll note I gave you the Sierra instructions I don't recommend using High Sierra on SATA based SSD's! Apple still needs to makes fixes for SATA based SSD's If you install High Sierra you'll encounter queueing issues within the Finder.
 
At one point I maintained over 200 MacBook Pro's all of them had upgraded drives from SSHD's to SSD's (Samsung 840 EVO's) so I can tell you first hand this is a very workable config and I often end up replacing the cable as it does breakdown from all of the abrasion against the uppercase.

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Your 2011 system '''IS a SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) system!''' So I have no idea where you got that idea it wasn't! For reference review your systems specs here: [https://everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook_pro/specs/macbook-pro-core-i7-2.0-15-early-2011-unibody-thunderbolt-specs.html|MacBook Pro 15" 2.0 GHz i7 (Early 2011)] I grabbed the lowest model in the series here as they are all the same. Jump down to 'Storage Interface' where it clearly states '''(6 Gb/s)''
 
So lets see if we can figure out why your system is having problems. First you really need the newer SATA cable (2012 model) [product|IF161-100-4] as its the better cable. Even still I place electricians tape on the uppercase when the cable rests as the rough aluminum surface of the uppercase wears the cable! I also take care not to over do the fold bends as that can fatigue the thin foil pathways of the conductors. Follow this IFIXIT guide: [guide|5894]. I'm sure your cable is damaged or if this is a new cable defective, needs replacing!
 
Did you create a bootable OS installer? [https://www.macworld.com/article/3092900/macs/how-to-create-a-bootable-macos-sierra-installer-drive.html|How to create a bootable macOS Sierra installer drive] You'll need to boot up under it and then run Disk Utility to create a GUID Journaled partition. You'll note I gave you the Sierra instructions I don't recommend using High Sierra on SATA based SSD's! Apple still needs to makes fixes for SATA based SSD's If you install High Sierra you'll encounter queueing issues within the Finder.
 
At one point I maintained over 200 MacBook Pro's all of them had upgraded drives from SSHD's to SSD's (Samsung 840 EVO's) so I can tell you first hand this is a very workable config and I often end up replacing the cable as it does breakdown from all of the aberrationabrasion against the uppercase.
At one point I maintained over 200 MacBook Pro's all of them had upgraded drives from SSHD's to SSD's (Samsung 840 EVO's) so I can tell you first hand this is a very workable config and I often end up replacing the cable as it does breakdown from all of the aberrationabrasion against the uppercase.

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Your 2011 system '''IS a SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) system!''' So I have no idea where you got that idea it wasn't! For reference review your systems specs here: [https://everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook_pro/specs/macbook-pro-core-i7-2.0-15-early-2011-unibody-thunderbolt-specs.html|MacBook Pro 15" 2.0 GHz i7 (Early 2011)] I grabbed the lowest model in the series here as they are all the same. Jump down to 'Storage Interface' where it clearly states '''(6 Gb/s)''
 
So lets see if we can figure out why your system is having problems. First you really need the newer SATA cable (2012 model) [product|IF161-100-4] as its the better cable. Even still I place electricians tape on the uppercase when the cable rests as the rough aluminum surface of the uppercase wears the cable! I also take care not to over do the fold bends as that can fatigue the thin foil pathways of the conductors. Follow this IFIXIT guide: [guide|5894]. I'm sure your cable is damaged or if this is a new cable defective, needs replacing!
So lets see if we can figure out why your system is having problems. First you really need the newer SATA cable (2012 model) [product|IF161-100-4] as its the better cable. Even still I place electricians tape on the uppercase when the cable rests as the rough aluminum surface of the uppercase wears the cable! I also take care not to over do the fold bends as that can fatigue the thin foil pathways of the conductors. Follow this IFIXIT guide: [guide|5894]. I'm sure your cable is damaged or if this is a new cable defective, needs replacing!
 
Did you create a bootable OS installer? [https://www.macworld.com/article/3092900/macs/how-to-create-a-bootable-macos-sierra-installer-drive.html|How to create a bootable macOS Sierra installer drive] You'll need to boot up under it and then run Disk Utility to create a GUID Journaled partition. You'll note I gave you the Sierra instructions I don't recommend using High Sierra on SATA based SSD's! Apple still needs to makes fixes for SATA based SSD's If you install High Sierra you'll encounter queueing issues within the Finder.
 
At one point I maintained over 200 MacBook Pro's all of them had upgraded drives from SSHD's to SSD's (Samsung 840 EVO's) so I can tell you first hand this is a very workable configconfig and I often end up replacing the cable as it does breakdown from all of the aberration against the uppercase.
At one point I maintained over 200 MacBook Pro's all of them had upgraded drives from SSHD's to SSD's (Samsung 840 EVO's) so I can tell you first hand this is a very workable configconfig and I often end up replacing the cable as it does breakdown from all of the aberration against the uppercase.

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Your 2011 system '''IS a SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) system!''' So I have no idea where you got that idea it wasn't! For reference review your systems specs here: [https://everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook_pro/specs/macbook-pro-core-i7-2.0-15-early-2011-unibody-thunderbolt-specs.html|MacBook Pro 15" 2.0 GHz i7 (Early 2011)] I grabbed the lowest model in the series here as they are all the same. Jump down to 'Storage Interface' where it clearly states '''(6 Gb/s)''
 
So lets see if we can figure out why your system is having problems. First you really need the newer SATA cable (2012 model) [product|IF161-100-4] as its the better cable. Even still I place electricians tape on the uppercase when the cable rests as the rough aluminum surface of the uppercase wears the cable! I also take care not to over do the fold bends as that can fatigue the thin foil pathways of the conductors. Follow this IFIXIT guide: [https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook+Pro+15-Inch+Unibody+Early+2011+Hard+Drive-IR+Sensor+Cable+Replacement/5894]guide|5894]. I'm sure your cable is damaged or if this is a new cable defective, needs replacing!
So lets see if we can figure out why your system is having problems. First you really need the newer SATA cable (2012 model) [product|IF161-100-4] as its the better cable. Even still I place electricians tape on the uppercase when the cable rests as the rough aluminum surface of the uppercase wears the cable! I also take care not to over do the fold bends as that can fatigue the thin foil pathways of the conductors. Follow this IFIXIT guide: [https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook+Pro+15-Inch+Unibody+Early+2011+Hard+Drive-IR+Sensor+Cable+Replacement/5894]guide|5894]. I'm sure your cable is damaged or if this is a new cable defective, needs replacing!
 
Did you create a bootable OS installer? [https://www.macworld.com/article/3092900/macs/how-to-create-a-bootable-macos-sierra-installer-drive.html|How to create a bootable macOS Sierra installer drive] You'll need to boot up under it and then run Disk Utility to create a GUID Journaled partition. You'll note I gave you the Sierra instructions I don't recommend using High Sierra on SATA based SSD's! Apple still needs to makes fixes for SATA based SSD's If you install High Sierra you'll encounter queueing issues within the Finder.
 
At one point I maintained over 200 MacBook Pro's all of them had upgraded drives from SSHD's to SSD's (Samsung 840 EVO's) so I can tell you first hand this is a very workable config.

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Your 2011 system '''IS a SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) system!''' So I have no idea where you got that idea it wasn't! For reference review your systems specs here: [https://everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook_pro/specs/macbook-pro-core-i7-2.0-15-early-2011-unibody-thunderbolt-specs.html|MacBook Pro 15" 2.0 GHz i7 (Early 2011)] I grabbed the lowest model in the series here as they are all the same. Jump down to 'Storage Interface' where it clearly states '''(6 Gb/s)''
 
So lets see if we can figure out why your system is having problems. First you really need the newer SATA cable (2012 model) [product|IF161-100-4] as its the better cable. Even still I place electricians tape on the uppercase when the cable rests as the rough aluminum surface of the uppercase wears the cable! I also take care not to over do the fold bends as that can fatigue the thin foil pathways of the conductors. Follow this IFIXIT guide: [https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook+Pro+15-Inch+Unibody+Early+2011+Hard+Drive-IR+Sensor+Cable+Replacement/5894]
So lets see if we can figure out why your system is having problems. First you really need the newer SATA cable (2012 model) [product|IF161-100-4] as its the better cable. Even still I place electricians tape on the uppercase when the cable rests as the rough aluminum surface of the uppercase wears the cable! I also take care not to over do the fold bends as that can fatigue the thin foil pathways of the conductors. Follow this IFIXIT guide: [https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook+Pro+15-Inch+Unibody+Early+2011+Hard+Drive-IR+Sensor+Cable+Replacement/5894]
 
Did you create a bootable OS installer? [https://www.macworld.com/article/3092900/macs/how-to-create-a-bootable-macos-sierra-installer-drive.html|How to create a bootable macOS Sierra installer drive] You'll need to boot up under it and then run Disk Utility to create a GUID Journaled partition. You'll note I gave you the Sierra instructions I don't recommend using High Sierra on SATA based SSD's! Apple still needs to makes fixes for SATA based SSD's If you install High Sierra you'll encounter queueing issues within the Finder.
 
At one point I maintained over 200 MacBook Pro's all of them had upgraded drives from SSHD's to SSD's (Samsung 840 EVO's) so I can tell you first hand this is a very workable config.

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Your 2011 system '''IS a SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) system!''' So I have no idea where you got that ideaidea it wasn't! For reference review your systems specs here: [https://everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook_pro/specs/macbook-pro-core-i7-2.0-15-early-2011-unibody-thunderbolt-specs.html|MacBook Pro 15" 2.0 GHz i7 (Early 2011)] I grabbed the lowest model in the series here as they are all the same. Jump down to 'Storage Interface' where it clearly states '''(6 Gb/s)''
Your 2011 system '''IS a SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) system!''' So I have no idea where you got that ideaidea it wasn't! For reference review your systems specs here: [https://everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook_pro/specs/macbook-pro-core-i7-2.0-15-early-2011-unibody-thunderbolt-specs.html|MacBook Pro 15" 2.0 GHz i7 (Early 2011)] I grabbed the lowest model in the series here as they are all the same. Jump down to 'Storage Interface' where it clearly states '''(6 Gb/s)''
 
So lets see if we can figure out why your system is having problems. First you really need the newer SATA cable (2012 model) [product|IF161-100-4] as its the better cable. Even still I place electricians tape on the uppercase when the cable rests as the rough aluminum surface of the uppercase wears the cable! I also take care not to over do the fold bends as that can fatigue the thin foil pathways of the conductors.
 
Did you create a bootable OS installer? [https://www.macworld.com/article/3092900/macs/how-to-create-a-bootable-macos-sierra-installer-drive.html|How to create a bootable macOS Sierra installer drive] You'll need to boot up under it and then run Disk Utility to create a GUID Journaled partition. You'll note I gave you the Sierra instructions I don't recommend using High Sierra on SATA based SSD's! Apple still needs to makes fixes for SATA based SSD's If you install High Sierra you'll encounter queueing issues within the Finder.
 
At one point I maintained over 200 MacBook Pro's all of them had upgraded drives from SSHD's to SSD's (Samsung 840 EVO's) so I can tell you first hand this is a very workable config.

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Your 2011 system '''IS a SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) system!''' So I have no idea where you got that idea! For reference review your systems specs here: [https://everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook_pro/specs/macbook-pro-core-i7-2.0-15-early-2011-unibody-thunderbolt-specs.html|MacBook Pro 15" 2.0 GHz i7 (Early 2011)] I grabbed the lowest model in the series here as they are all the same. Jump down to 'Storage Interface' where it clearly states '''(6 Gb/s)''

So lets see if we can figure out why your system is having problems. First you really need the newer SATA cable (2012 model) [product|IF161-100-4] as its the better cable. Even still I place electricians tape on the uppercase when the cable rests as the rough aluminum surface of the uppercase wears the cable! I also take care not to over do the fold bends as that can fatigue the thin foil pathways of the conductors.

Did you create a bootable OS installer? [https://www.macworld.com/article/3092900/macs/how-to-create-a-bootable-macos-sierra-installer-drive.html|How to create a bootable macOS Sierra installer drive] You'll need to boot up under it and then run Disk Utility to create a GUID Journaled partition. You'll note I gave you the Sierra instructions I don't recommend using High Sierra on SATA based SSD's! Apple still needs to makes fixes for SATA based SSD's If you install High Sierra you'll encounter queueing issues within the Finder.

At one point I maintained over 200 MacBook Pro's all of them had upgraded drives from SSHD's to SSD's (Samsung 840 EVO's) so I can tell you first hand this is a very workable config.

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