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Replace HDD with SSD in MacBook Pro - late 2008 model?

Hello,

1. Is it possible to exchange the 320gb-HDD in my late 2008 MacBookPro 15" (MB471D/A) with a 256gb SSD (i would prefer Crucial RealSSD C300)?

2. Can I use this SSD with SATA2 or even SATA3?

3. Do I need some special screw-drivers to open the MacBook Pro?

4. If possible, will the MacBook really become faster?

Thanks in advance for helping me!

Best regards

HenryS

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Yes you can exchange the hard drive. Will need to identify which machine you have to know if you need special tools. Please list the last three figures of your serial number. It will be SATA 1.5. Of course it will be faster.

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Thanks for the fast answer! The last three figures are: 1GA and the last three figures of the Hardware-UUID are: 5BA

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Apple MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.53 15" (Unibody) Specs

Identifiers: Late 2008/Unibody - MB471LL/A - MacBookPro5,1 - A1286 - 2255

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Here's how to change it, you do not need special tools: MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Optical Drive Replacement

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Thanks Mayer. Only one question more: Is this the change of the original HDD or the DVD? Sorry, I'm not really sure...

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The first link is for replacing the optical drive, in case you want to use an adapter. Here's the plain hard drive replacement: MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Hard Drive Replacement

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Yes you can even use up to the latest SATA 6 gb/s SSDs but since your Macbook Pro supports only up to SATA 3 gb/s, the SSD will not be used at its full potential. However it will still be a vast upgrade in responsiveness of your machine.

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Ryan, Thanks for your answer!

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I'm using the SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series 256GB SATA III for my Macbook Pro late 2008, and the result is amazing.

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I have it to.. and makes it fly..

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What jind of OS X are you using?

I was bought Kingston UV300 for my Aluminium 2008 macbook. But i can't install mac os El Capitan. BUT! If i use it like outside disk by USB, it is works. Have anybody such problem?

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Yes, your ATA cable need to be replaced, i only don't know which one :-)

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My 2008 15" doesn't work either with a new SSD in the drive. It does work via USB though. I replaced the drive SATA cable and it still doesn't boot with the SSD. The original hard drive works fine. Any idea if there's different updated SATA I need to get instead of the original one? The late 2008-early 2009 use a unique cable that changed in mid-2009.

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@Ryan:

- are you sure about the SATA-2 support for the late 2008 unibody modells?

- will this also be true for the late 2008 unibody macbook? (it wasn't called 'pro' yet at that time)

reason for my question:

I upgraded my MacBook Unibody Late 2008 2.4GHz to a OCZ Vertex 3 (240GB) SSD ... and though in the system profiler the SATA link speed is stated 3 Gigabit (=SATA-2) it also 'only' states 'negotiated speed' as 1.5 Gigabit (=SATA-1).

am I doing something wrong or is it just that I waited a lot of money buying a SATA-3 SSD to put in a SATA-2 Macbook but which is not able to run at SATA-2 but only at SATA-1 'speed'(=slow motion) with this SSD???

Thx,

SpaceDoc

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you can try upgrading your MBP with Samsung SSD 850 EVO any size, it works on my MPB late 2008 Unibody Link speed 3 Gigabit and Negotiated link speed 3 Gigabit.

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Hello!

I am in need of replacing my APPLE SSD 128. Its too small.

1) Which SSD approx. 250GB would be recommendable?; (I like speed)

2) Is there a Ifixit manual that I could use?

MBP 5.1 late 2008

2.8Hz

10K549

W88446821GN

regards Joakim from Norway

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I specifically recommend against using OCZ Vertex3 in that model macbook pro. I believe it doesn't get along with the Nvidia chipset. I installed a drive and experienced such instability I had to pull it. I'm now running with a WinMate SSD drive in my express card slot which, on its own, is an amazing improvement.

I'm on the hunt for drives known to work with the Late 2008 MBP.

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I bought corsair force 180 gb sata 3 ssd becasue my Hytachi macbook HD chrushed. My macbook is a 13 inch black macbook .I purchased that macbook in 2007 in 2007. now that I changed inslatted the ssd , my macbook doesn't recognize that and when I turned on my macc book it was flashing the file-question mark sign . need help if anyone knows what to do ..

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I tried both full ssd and hybrid drives in my unibody late 2008 and neither worked in the drive bay; i bought an adapter and put in the optical bay and it works perfectly.

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I have installed a Kingston 120GB V+200 SSD into my late 2008 model and it works just fine (not at the sata3 speed but much faster than the stock hard drive).

I also bought a optical drive bracket for the old drive which I now use as a storage area.

Whilst I had the laptop open I also cleaned out the fans as it was getting hot during normal use.

All of this has made my mac like new again! Well worth the effort!!

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the issue with late 2008 is the MCP79 AHCI nvidia chip and some Sandforce firmwares. If you choose one with indilinx you should be fine. Just wanted to put something specific in this thread.

I have not specified which SandForce FW as I am not sure if it is all or just some of the 6Gbones.

The sata 3Gb will work fine

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