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Mid 2012 model, A1278 / 2.5 GHz i5 or 2.9 GHz i7 processor.

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Install an SDD in a MacBook Pro 13" / Mid 2012?

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can i install an SDD in a Macbook Pro 13" / Mid 2012, 2.5GHz model? I search the Guides Section and i haven't found any info on that.

Is it possible? If it is what kind of SDD brand and model would you advised me to buy?


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Thanks for the fast reply David. I would like to have a Dual Drive configuration. I will have to remove the Optical Drive then which i think is mostly usless for work.

A fast SDD for the Mac OS X, System and Apps and the original HDD that came with the MacBook Pro to storage music, videos and some files. Do you think that is possible?

Do you know a good brand of SDD? I heard


Macsales drive

Samsung (expensive than the rest but very good)


Do you know what Apple Fussion is? I heard having a dual drive configuration can be complicated and have some issues regarding software. I hope not.

Thanks again and best,



Yes it will take a 2TB. But remember to change out the hard drive/IR cable as it tends to be the first thing to failing on this model. Look at the corner of the cable that comes onto the optical drive and examine for any marks or indentations. I put pads on either side of the cable to prevent the lower case from coming into contact with it.


Wow, thanks for your swift response. So I´ll try with 2TB and keep fingers crossed for practice.


hi @paule2018 w e can move your comments to a new question, this will make your question get up to date attention such as the wonderful @mayer has provided. The original question here is from 2012 and may otherwise be overlooked. Jen


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You certainly can install an SSD in your machine, but where do you want it? You can either replace your existing hard disk with an SSD, in which case you'll want to use our hard drive guide. There is also the option of removing your optical drive, though, and replacing it with an SSD installed in an optical bay enclosure.

As for brands and models, we've been really impressed with the speed and reliability of Intel, Crucial, and OCZ solid state drives.

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I purchased a 500G Patriot Burst STAT III SSD, mostly because it was on sale for <$50. Followed the advice from this article: <> The only problem I encountered was the little screws holding the back cover were unreasonably tight. Had to drill two of them out. The old Mac now has new life. Also added some memory (now 16G), but it was the disk that really made the difference.


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I agree, I just switched the original 500GB HDD by Hitachi for a Crucial BX100 500GB and it runs buttery smooth, also what's important Crucial lets you download an image file to burn onto a CD and create a bootable CD to update the firmware of the SSD without having to plug the SSD to a PC computer (most SSD manufacturers would not allow Mac OS users to update firmware via Mac OS, they only give you a handful of software options for PCs running Windows). I am super happy with mine, shall my optical drive fail I'll simply get a data doubler and pop in the original 500GB HDD for additional storage (it'll stay in the box until then). Have fun fixing!

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How do you decide what size SSD to get ? Im thinking about doing this with my MacBook pro same model but have no idea what size SSD to get. Was thinking of doing a RAM upgrade too but which would be better to do first ?

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@maverick1377 - Its like buying a pair of shoes ;-} Are you a hiker, going to a dance or need something to wear when you get out of bed.

Your usage dictates what you need to address. How full is your drive is it a HDD or did you already get a SSD? What is the size it is now. As far as RAM what type of apps are you using are you constantly running out of RAM when working on larger documents or running lots of apps concurrently or have lots of web tabs open at once?

Most people today find 16GB is a good start (and is the limit of your system) a 500GB or 1 TB likewise are good choices for a drive (getting a SSD).

But that are broad stokes your needs maybe less!


Thanks @danj for the comment my HDD is pretty full at the moment. I’m mainly using now to take some online classes and some video editing with my GoPro and of course all my thousands of iTunes songs I have too. Just slow as molasses at the moment even when just one tab open on the web. Your answer is very helpful and I will probably try the biggest SSD I can get and the RAM just do it same time so I can use it again without problems.


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