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This review is from: StarTech.com 3.5in Drive Bay IDE to Single CF SSD Adapter Card Reader
Pros: - Waaaaaaaaaaay cheaper than a SCSI card reader.
Cons: - Only reads CF cards up to 1GB.
- Not hot swappable but no big deal.
- The bottom plate of the card reader doesn't have mount holes that will fit the MPC2000XL. You will have to line up the bottom plate on the MPC's bottom cover, mark where the 2 mount holes should be, and drill carefully avoiding hitting the circuit board.
Other Thoughts: You need to have OS 1.2 installed on your MPC2000XL for it to work.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The Vertex 4 SSD made my 2007 3,1 C2D MacBook Pro (OS 10.6.8) a new notebook all over again! My boot ups went from 1 minute 27 seconds with the 320GB WD platter drive to a blazing 12 seconds with the SSD! Opening applications happen as soon as I double click an icon. No more long waiting for app execution and spinning pinwheels for me! Also, shutting down my MBP is now instantaneous... well ok... 2 seconds but it's better than 48 seconds with a platter HD. lol
I researched for months and visited just about every SSD and Mac forum/blogs to find a reliable SSD but there hardly any info out there for the older Mac notebooks. I found a bunch nay sayers and as well as praisers about the OCZ brand. I for one will be a long time consumer of OCZ products from my first and best experience.
At first I was hesitant about installing an SSD with SATA III 6Gbit/s speed in a SATA 1.5GBit/s connection to the motherboard (Logic board) but all is still working great and faster than the older WD 5400RPM HD.
Cons: Updating the firmware. Not so much a con, but make sure you update the firmware (1.5) for the Vertex 4 SSD before you start to format the drive. There is excellent step-by-step info on the OCZ forum about doing this.
Other Thoughts: If you are going to add your first SSD to your Mac, follow these steps by Googling for the correct procedures in Terminal:
- turn off time machine snap shots
- turn off hibernation
- turn off the sudden motion sensor
- turn off hard drive sleep
- deletedsleepimage file (I freed up 6GB)
- secure delete everything in the Trash (I've always done this even with the
I'm still on the fence about enabling TRIM for the SSD. On other forums/blogs, some people say to do it and others say not to do it. I tried with and without TRIM and haven't really noticed any differences.
There are donationware apps on the web to help you to enable TRIM on your Mac.
Pros: My MacBook Pro is now maxed out at 6GB with this 4GB RAM stick. It was easy to install.
I was going to purchase the "Patriot Signature 4GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Laptop Memory Model PSD24G8002S" but didn't know if this PC2 6400 RAM would be any better than the older suggested PC2 5300 RAM. I went ahead and bought the suggested PC2 5300 RAM and all is good. I don't really notice much of difference other than less pinwheels when working on Logic 9 projects.
Cons: None at all.
Other Thoughts: Prices are coming down on RAM but this was the cheapest I could find on the net for an older Mac.READ FULL REVIEW