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Mid 2010 Model A1278 / 2.4 or 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo processor

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Update of HDD to SSD

Apple MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.66 13" Mid-2010

I bought a Kingston SSD UV300 SSD and unfortunately it's incompatible with my MacBook Pro mid 2010. They told me that I better buy a SanDisk?

The SSD usually it works via USB but when put internally in my MacBook Pro it does not boot.

What do you think? Thank you

Update (06/18/2016)

Dan sorry for inconvenience.

I opted for the SanDisk SSD Plus 120gb - 520mb/s SATA 3. I will have problems with it?

In Technical Specifications of MBP MID 2010 I see:

250GB or 320GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive; optional 320GB or 500GB 5400-rpm hard drive, or 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB solid-state drive

The SSD I have chosen is the 120GB, the specification shows 128GB as the minimum

Will I have problems because of that?


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The SanDisk SSD specs: SanDisk Plus SSD


Sadly No, the SanDisk drive you've listed here won't work as its too fast! You require a SATA II (3.0 Gb/s) drive.

Look at the spec sheet "Interface: SATA Revision 3.0 (6 Gb/s)" Here they used the Arabic number 3.0 instead of the Roman III number which is how the SATA standards group calls it.

Review your systems specs I posted above. Jump down to the section Standard Hard Drive now look at the Int HD Interface Thats the important number your replacement drive (HD or SSD) needs to state in its specs sheet. Here the speed is listed 3.0 Gb/s instead of showing the full name as I post it as: SATA II (3.0 Gb/s)

Not all drives offer dual SATA speed support many are Fixed at one speed.


Think of it this way you're in your car driving down the highway as you do you see a sign at on the side of the road it tells you the speed limit is 55 MPH. Now you're in a car which can hold 4 people but just behind you is a bus that can hold 120 people is it going any faster than you? Of course not, its just a bigger vehicle.

While you pointed to what the MacBook was configured with by Apple, you got lost in the different types & sizes of drives instead of the speed limit of the road here: SATA II 3.0 Gb/s).

The size of the drive could be anything as long as its big enough to hold your stuff so a 120 GB maybe too small were a 256 GB will hold more (Car Vs Bus). I would recommend going with a 256 GB drive as you do need to leave at least 1/4 free (1/3 is better) so the drive wears and runs smoothly.


As an example here is two Samsung SSD drives. The older 840 and the newer 850:

- Samsung 840 EVO

- Samsung 850 EVO

Note the difference between these two drives! The newer drive is now Fixed SATA III unlike the older drive which had SATA I/O port speed sense technology so it was able to work across any system ( SATA I, II or III). So you do need to be careful! As you could get stung with a drive that won't work in your system! Many of the newer drives are now fixed as the drive makers are all moving this way. Which does make upgrading older systems harder


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In reviewing your systems specs and the SSD's there is no compatibility issues here. If you note the systems HD SATA port its SATA II (3.0 Gb/s) and the SSD is also able to run at that I/O speed.

What I suspect here is the SATA cable is on the edge (this is a known issue in this series). I would replace it with a newer rev cable. Here is the IFIXIT guide: MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010 Hard Drive Cable Replacement and this is the cable you want: MacBook Pro 13" Unibody (Mid 2012) Hard Drive Cable - Apple P/N 923-0104.

I would also make sure your systems firmware is up to date as well. Follow this Apple T/N: About EFI and SMC firmware updates for Intel-based Mac computers. Make sure yours is at this level or newer. I would also due the upgrade from a bootable external drive as you don't want to corrupt your systems firmware with a flaky SATA cable.

Update (06/13/2016)

Yes, your Kingston drive is compatible!

As to if SanDisk is being a good drive it's OK not great. But, that only becomes an issue if you running your system very heavily. Most people will be just fine with a SanDisk drive. You still need to make sure the drive is able to run in your system.

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody (Mid 2012) Hard Drive Cable Image


MacBook Pro 13" Unibody (Mid 2012) Hard Drive Cable


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I believe it be a solution , but I find it interesting that the Macbooks mid- 2007 from a friend installed and gave the boot normally.


Sandisk is good? compatible ?


Dan, is correct about that hard drive/IR cable. Go for that first!


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In all honesty, your best bet is not the SanDisk drive either.

I would get either a Crucial Drive or a Samsung. They are by far the best SSD for compatibility with a MacBook. You can get them on amazon with relative ease and the installation is pretty smooth!

Good Luck!

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Also if its not being recognized you may just need to go to disk utility on your mac and format the drive.


the first time I installed via USB , an external case , gave the boot and installed normally, but when I put inside the mac not the boot .


Some of the enclosures are Windows only. I ran into this with the Seagate Expansion cases. It sees the drive, looks like it formats GUID and you can install the system but when I went to install the drive it showed up as Master Boot Block not GUID, This happened on several drives and different machine before I realized it was the enclosure doing it.


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