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OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-256G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Turned my older MBP into a speed demon!!! 10/04/2012

This review is from: OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-256G 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

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
platter HD)

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.

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Patriot 4GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Laptop Memory Model PSD24G6672S
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Perfect for 2007 3,1 MBP! 10/04/2012

This review is from: Patriot 4GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Laptop Memory Model PSD24G6672S

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.

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Hitachi GST Travelstar 7K100 HTS721080G9AT00 (0A25023) 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 / ATA-6 2.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I bought 2 of these back in '07 for $80 a piece. I used one HD for my Older VAIO PCG-V505DC2 laptop and the other I modded and threw into my Roland MV-8000 sampler. Big difference from using 4200 RPM drives. Both HD's still work to this day (touch wood)!
Low Noise, low heat and fast due to 7200 RPM speeds.

Cons: None. No problems at all with Hitachi.

Other Thoughts: I should have gotten the 160GB HD's when I had the chance but these are great even after 5 yeasr of use.

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M. G.'s Profile

Display Name: M. G.

Date Joined: 05/23/07

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 09/04/12
  • Last Review: 10/04/12
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