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Rance C.

Rance C.

Joined on 11/19/04

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Most Favorable Review

Upgraded a Mid-2009 MacBook Pro Nicely

OCZ Agility 3 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) AGT3-25SAT3-120G
OCZ Agility 3 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) AGT3-25SAT3-120G

Pros: No moving parts = SILENT! Improves battery life because there's no platter to spin. Amazing application launch speeds in Lion. TRIM ENABLED in OSX with a couple of terminal commands. This is key to prolonging your drive's life!!!! On a Core 2 Duo 2.53GHZ MBP FROM MID 2009 I am able to launch all applications in the cs5 suite plus fcp x, motion and compressor simultaneously. every program is loaded in 25 seconds. Stupid test? Probably. A more normal statistic would be CS5 64 bit launches in 2 seconds in Lion thanks to this drive. Generally, the computing and browsing experience on this machine is amazing now. I didn't realize just how much performance Apple was willing to sacrifice in the same of power savings. That old Hitachi really was a low power consumer. I don't have to replace this lappy any time soon thanks to this drive plus additional RAM!

Cons: SSD drives in general have some issues that need to be addressed: Unlike HDDs you want to try to minimize the amount of writes to your SSD over time. For this and many reasons upgrading to an SSD should happen in parallel to a RAM upgrade to your system's maximum. Read up on how to maintain your SSD, because suffice it to say that an SSD is DEFIniTELY NOT THE SAME ThiNG as a HDD. Don't even think of them as being the same thing. My upgrade was a Crucial 1066 8GB RAM kit plus this drive to replace the tock 4GB of RAM and Hitachi 5400rpm slow slow slow stock parts.

Overall Review: While i waited for the items to be delivered I began to obsess about the differences in the drives and look into as many ways as I could find to optimize this MBP for the next year or two. Found some really good information that should be addressed, like the fact that TRIM need be enabled in the operating system as well as TRIM being supported by the drive. Wikipedia it if you've never heard about it. I believe reviewers in this very thread have not handled their TRIM settings properly and thus, the reviews about the drive(s) dying after just a few months. Use this drive to launch programs. Have your O/S as well as all programs installed on it. KEEP your other drives for storage of files and media. If you have 8GB or more and you aren't worried about maxing out this 8GB of RAM with some heavy computing, research disabling your swap file in your O/S. This will keep the write tally down on the drive for longer life. Many articles exist giving tips on optimization. Check t

Most Critical Review

10 months, no warning, died.

Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MKNSSDCR120GB
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MKNSSDCR120GB

Pros: cheap?

Cons: reliability issues

Overall Review: Windows 7 on a Dell XPS 630i. Bought two of these drives, put one in macbook pro 2011 15", it's still working in that laptop. After a power outage at my place the chronos inside the dell XPS stopped identifying to the motherboard and is completely bricked. This is the only SSD drive that has ever bricked on me. I own products from OCZ, Corsair and Mushkin and all other drives are going strong, including the 2nd mushkin chronos 120GB SSD in the laptop.

10/27/2012

Mid-2009 MacBook Pro Works fabulously!

Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Laptop Memory Model CT2KIT51264BC1067
Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Laptop Memory Model CT2KIT51264BC1067

Pros: Went straight in, no problems. OSX Lion reports 8GB RAM. Successfully disabled any virtual memory or swap files in the OS.

Cons: Everything about this kit was ok by me. I'll update with cons soon!

Overall Review: This RAM is of higher quality than the cheap parts they ship their laptops with. It's a great upgrade to make on a mid-2009 MacBook Pro 2.53Ghz Core 2 Duo! Maxes out this platform and will enable this laptop to last far longer than it otherwise would! This RAM kit with an SSD hard drive upgrade would turn any laptop into a complete beast machine! Double check compatibility though!

Excellent Drive, Excellent Site

NEC DVD Burner 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black IDE/ATAPI Model ND-3540A
NEC DVD Burner 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black IDE/ATAPI Model ND-3540A

Comments: Newegg managed to own me again with this purchase. The drive went in easily, is sleek (I have the anonymous black thing going on my case), so it fit right in in my flat black case. Popped it in, Windows saw it, no drivers needed. Burns CDs as well as DVDs, since I'm a newbie to the DVD thing I wan't expecting both.

10/28/2005