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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific with Macbook Pro 2011, June 3, 2011
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This review is from: Intel 320 Series 160 GB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid-State Drive (Personal Computers)
I put this drive into my new 15" Macbook Pro (early 2011 edition, i7 Sandy Bridge processor) to replace the stock 500GB drive. The user replacement, which does not void the Apple warranty, took all of about 15 minutes and that was mostly because of having to remove and then replace 10 screws on the back of the Macbook Pro to get access to the drive bay. Restored from Time Machine, and I was in business. I had read a lot about these Intel SSD drives, but I was still surprised by how huge the change is in boot times, application loads, etc. My OSX system boots in 13 seconds. My Windows 7 VM session running under Parallels boots in about 20 seconds. Large applications, even Photoshop CS5, open and load in a few seconds. The computer is wonderfully responsive and it even seems to run a little cooler as well. Bottom line, I love this drive. It changes the entire computing experience. Granted, I have had it in for only a day or so, but thus far I am extremely impressed.
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Initial post: Sep 12, 2011 9:11:06 PM PDT
D. Tran says:
Have you had any run ins with the rainbow wheel/ball at all? The main reason I want to upgrade my 2009 Macbook Pro is because of the dreaded rainbow ball... I mostly get it from Safari on flash related websites and opening iWork and Microsoft Office Apps. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2011 7:17:42 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 21, 2011 7:20:57 AM PDT
J. Michel says:
I put a 160g in my early 2009 17" and it screamed! I had to take it out due to issues with bootcamp not working.
I am pretty sure this was caused by not having enough room to do a full time machine re-install and also doing it with a USB drive instead of firewire.
If I had the FW connector (adapter) Moshi FireWire 800 to 400 Adapter (99MO023901)and was able to reduce my original HD to less than 160g, I think it would have gone just fine since I have an external FW drive.
I also upgraded to 8g ram. This is highly recommended. Just get the biggest drive you can afford and tote an external if you are creating larger files.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2011 1:43:33 PM PST
BackProblems says:
This will make your 2009 run faster than when it was new.
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