Model A1181: 1.83, 2, 2.1, 2.13, 2.16, 2.2, or 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo processor

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best way to upgrade to SSD MacBook 3,1 late 2007?

Hi all,

First want to say what an awesome site iFixit is. Been using it for years. So I have an older macbook 3,1 and I've been looking into replacing the HD with a SSD, but I seem to have found confusing posts. Some say I need to use an optical bay adapter and have 2 internal drives, others seem to swap out the original HD no problem, and yet others have problems in both areas. From my research I've understood that no matter what I do, there will be a data logjam as the Sata speed on the Macbook are limited to 1GB but the SSD drives can go up to 6GB - so theres that problem. Anyone able to offer me advice or am I better off selling my macbook and buying an air?

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The optical adapter is only necessary if you want to put an SSD in place of the optical drive, allowing you to have two hard drives. If your goal is to simply replace your existing drive with an SSD, all you need to do is replace your existing drive, and the procedure is no different than if it was a regular non-SSD hard drive.

Maybe things have changed as far as the data transfer speed since I've purchased an SSD drive, but all the ones I've ever bought have worked fine with no modification -- again, just like a regular hard drive. And even if the default speed is non-compatible, it's probably just a matter of moving a jumper. There are others on the site who can provide further clarification on that issue. But as far as I'm aware (please correct me if I'm wrong) there are no standards SSD drives that would not work in a 13" A1181 MacBook.

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