Mid 2009 Model A1278 / 2.26 or 2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo processor EMC 2326

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How to choose a SSD drive?


I'm going to change my old and slow HDD drive to the new SSD.

I chose Kingston V300 SSD disc (due to it's cost, of course). Here is a description: http://www.kingston.com/us/ssd/v#sv300s3

Does anybody know, is this disk suitable to Macbook Pro 13" mid 2009 unibody?

If not, maybe there is other options in the similar price range?

Thank a lot in advance!

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Make sure the drive is backward compatible to 3 GB/s. That's an incredibly cheap price but a good brand. 60 GB is very small by todays standards, you might consider the 120GB.

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I took it from description:

Interface: SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) – with backwards compatibility to SATA Rev. 2.0

Is it what is needed? (Sorry for such questions, i just didn't found any mention about 3gb/s).

And I'm also dreading of its compatibility by proportions and connectors, because i don't know such specifications of my HDD.

SSDs dimensions are 69.8mm x 100.1mm x 7mm.


SATA II is 3 GB/s. SATA III is 6 GB/s.


In my system report i found that information:

Link speed - 3 gb

Negotiated Link Speed - 1.5 gb

Does it mean that mac supports SATA II? Or SATA I maybe?

Thank in advance.


You'll need to update the systems firmware to gain SATA II (3.0 Gb/s) if your logic board is able to support it.


I agree with Mayer here, try to get a larger unit. I wouldn't go with anything less than 256GB my self. That way you have room for apps and needed swap files and a few loose files. Remember you want to leave at least 1/4 of the drive free and smaller drives really need 1/3.


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Yes, the Kingston V300 works fine in this Macbook. I've used it several times. As mentioned, get a larger drive - you want about 50% free space on an SSD or you'll have performance issues. Also enable TRIM. If you're using Yosemite or El Capitan you can use the built-in command line Trimforce command to enable TRIM support. Otherwise for previous versions of OS X look for OSX Trim Enabler. Note that you will have to re-enable TRIM if you use Trim Enabler and later have any OS updates. Trimforce is persistent (it'll stay enabled)

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