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Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E500B/AM) - I would recommend running a read/write speed test using an app like ...

Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E500B/AM)

Review Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E500B/AM) - I would recommend running a read/write speed test using an app like ...

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Dave the Painting Guy says:
Yes. Just make sure you connect it to your Mac with the enclosure and any cloning should handle the proper formatting for the clone. Or first use Disk Utility to

format i the exact same as your current start-up.

If you are replacing your HD because of problems, consider backing it up first (Time Machine) and restore from the back-up after installing a new OS. You can have it

import all your apps and settings afterward. That's what I did.

I am SO AMAZED at how fast my 2010 MacBookPro starts up and starts apps now. and it's quiet!

Again: When you take the HDD out of the Mac to swap in the SSD, be sure to keep the 4 screws on the original HDD for use on the SSD. They will require a Torx 6 driver

to get out, or a good grip with pliars ;-)

Bennie V. Crowell says:
I bought two of the 850 EVOs and configured them in a RAID 0 array. Boy was I blown away with the performance. Speed is unreal. Boot time is under 15 seconds. Program

load times are less than half a second and my data snaps to the screen instantly! A RAID 0 or RAID 0 plus 1 is definately the way to go in order to beef up

performance. I just cannot explain how amazingly fast my configuration is. I am blown away with everything I do, even with multiple operations running at once. You

have to buy another one and try this for yourself. I just cannot believe how fast everything is. That and 24 Gig of Physical RAM, 16 Gig of Virtual Memory for a total

of 40 Gig of system memory allow for fast multitasking with an Intel i7 processor. I'm in heaven!

Mike Tomas says:
I haven't even considered swapping out my MacBook HHD until I read this post. Now I'm very interested! My question would be if I'm running bootcamp with Windows 10

installed on a separate partition, will the Carbon Copy Cloner clone both partitions? Or would I need to reinstall Windows?

Dave the Painting Guy says:
That question is probably better posted to a CCC (Carbon Copy Cloner) user forum... but, my understanding is that CCC can copy the whole drive, making a digital copy

of a physical drive.

TypoPR says:
I have a mid-2012 MacBook Pro 15-inch with an internal 750 GB magnetic drive. It seems so slow now. Looks like this drive will work - I want to do a fresh install of

the O/S on a 1TB SSD and then load my files on the SSD independently, rather than duplicate current structure.

Will this cable work without an enclosure to format the drive first? USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable w/ UASP - SATA to USB 3.0 Converter for SSD/HDD - Hard Drive Adapter Cable

Do I need that cable if I intend to individually copy iTunes library, photos, etc., and reinstall software, rather than restore? I am guessing it needs formatting

before installing so that the machine can boot up. Can the O/S be installed without the original hard drive?

And do I need an inline thermal adapter or is that just for the iMacs? Sorry for all the Qs - but what about TRIM, as well? Software solution?

Thank you!

Limmie says:
I think CCC is not able to clone a Windows partition. You would have to use a Windows based tool.

Limmie says:
It looks like the adapter you linked would work well for this scenario.

As for TRIM, you can spend an afternoon reading the web as I did, and see no definitive answer. :) Some say modern SSDs take care of all the housekeeping with the

controller that is part of the SSD. Others say this may take care of garbage collection which affects performance but you still need TRIM for optimal SSD life. If you

do decide to run TRIM how will depend upon which OS version you are using on your Mac.

V. Ryan says:
This item is not in stock although amazon lists it as in stock. so expect huge delays in shipping as SAMSUNG is currently updating its software due to windows 10

incompatibility issues for dual booting. I will go for the crucial mx200 for macbook pro since its a listed supplier of apple and also better to order from crucial to

avoid factory seconds from amazon.

joMamma says:
Hello Nathan, it looks like we're neighbors in San Clemente! :)
Quick question for you--what USB 3.0 external enclosure would YOU pair with this drive for fastest speed on an Xbox One system?


Swetha says:
Hi Nathaniel,
Thank you so much for your detailed review on the process of getting through the replacement of the SSD on to Macbook Pro(2013).I have few questions.Please help me out

1) I have a Macbook Pro Retina(2013) 13'.Unfortunately I forgot to take Apple care protection after the 1 year warranty.Now I have issues with my internal Hard drive

2) It's costing me almost 1000$ ,if I tried to replace the existing one
3)Then I came across your post and thought it would be very much economic to get it replaced with Samsung MZ-75E250B - 250GB 850 EVO SSD 2.5" SATA 6Gbps 32 Layer 3D

V-NAND Solid State Drive (MZ-75E250B/EU)

Can I replace the failed drive of my 13" retina Macbook Pro with Samsung MZ-75E250B - 250GB 850 EVO SSD 2.5" SATA 6Gbps 32 Layer 3D V-NAND Solid State Drive (MZ-

75E250B/EU) without any issues?

Thanks in advance,

Master and Commander says:
No pliars needed! The tech repair team at Fry's Electronics had the "Torx 6" tiny screw driver w leverage required to remove the stabilizing "hex" headed screws from

the old mechanical Apple HD. After swapping screws and anchoring the new SSD drive properly (Note: The Samsung EVO SSD does not come with replacement "hex" screws) ...

secure the back-plate cover of your MacBookPro and power up. You'll get a blinking question mark over an empty file folder icon. Time to install a fresh copy of El

Capitan. Once the OS is loaded, hook up your Time Machine External Back-Up Device to your machine and engage the Migration Assistant from the Applications-Utilities

subfolder. You did have Time Machine take a full backup of your old Apple HD BEFORE the old legacy mechanical drive shot craps, didn't you? Or, maybe you upgraded to

the new El Capitan kernal sandbox and your old kernal invading software got bounced to the debugger (freeze!). Either way, with El Capitan business is not as usual as

before my fellow developers. Expect some of your old software to not play nice with the new Apple OS.

Master and Commander says:
Trim should now recognize the new "Non-Apple" Samsung SSD if you upgrade to El Capitan.

Master and Commander says:
I haven't bought the little adapter cable, either. I just yanked the old Apple 750 GB factory HD and swapped in the new 1TB Samsung SSD after pirating the star-like

"hex" stabilizing screws from the old HD. I assume all you have to do next is plug a cable in at the Apple Store and download a copy of the new El Capitan OS onto the

SSD. Then, engage Time Machine and the Migration Assistant with your back-up unit attached to your MacBookPro. No need to use the Samsung software disk that comes

packaged with the SSD.

Master and Commander says:
Windows 10 is better served virtually via Parallels on an Intel Mac. No partition necessary!

Master and Commander says:
RE: Torx 6 screwdriver

Yes. You have to pirate the old ""hex screws from the old Apple HD. The Apple Store cannot loan out tools, so if you are a just do-it type persona try the tech desk at

Fry's Electronics. They should have the Torx 6 screwdriver (and, a bench) for you to take out the "hex" screws from the old Apple HD and install the new Samsung SSD


The Samsung SSD does not come with extra "hex" screws ... so, don't drop them down a drain!

Master and Commander says:
There are a few simple steps you must take at the Apple Store to download a fresh copy of El Capitan onto your new Samsung SSD (make sure you connect your machine to

the Apple Store CAT-5 "pipe" ... it's a lot quicker than the Wi-fi at the store).

1.) After installing the new Samsung SSD securely (see Torq 6 "hex" screwdriver and screws) simply reboot the machine holding down the command key + R key, and the

power button (of course). This is called an "Internet Restore" in Apple parlance.

2.) This "reboot" will load an abbreviated diagnostic version of Mac OS into your machine's RAM (MacBookPro's max out at 16GB of RAM ... if you are going to run

Parallels to virtually host Windows 10 on your Intel Mac, as well, then you will need all 16GB).

For older Macs, simply swap the two 4GB Ram modules for two Crutial 8GB modules and presto! You've got 16GB of Ram.

Now, back to the SSD ...

Next step is to partition the new Samsung SSD.

Open up Disk Utility from the abbreviated OS menu and select the SSD drive, name the drive (MacBookProEL, or any other moniker you wish to give your new drive), and

select "1" partition leaving the default check box enabled under the "options" button.

You are now ready to partition your new Samsung SSD.

But, first tell the Disk Utility how you wish the Samsung SSD to be partitioned.

I always go the max by accepting: Max OS Extended, Journaled, Case Sensitive.

Hit "create partition" after all your selections have been made and ... zoom! Your new Samsung SSD is now partitioned for acceptance of the new El Capitan OS in about

3 seconds or less!

Sure beats the old standard, legacy, mechanical-magnetic type of hard-drive partitioning for speed, that's for sure!

Now that your SSD is partitioned and ready to go, Select "restart" from the abbreviated OS drop down menu.

(Don't worry about setting a "boot from" disk, you'll only get a "network" option at this stage).

Go a-head and restart your machine to solidify your work on partitioning the SSD.

Don't panic, but your machine will attempt to restart, and will be stopped by the lack of a full, permanent OS on the new SSD.

This is good. You'll get an error message, or the proverbial question mark over a file folder, but not to worry!

Assuming you have opted to connect to the Apple Store CAT-5 "pipe" (as mentioned above) to perform this upgrade, simply hold down the "option" key + Power Button to

reboot the machine a 2nd time to show the array of restore options at the Apple Store server.

Scroll all the way to the right and select "10.10.4 -restore" (or, whichever version is the most current at the time).

The Apple Store server then starts to download a clean, fresh copy of El Capitan onto your new SSD.

Follow the instructions, and restart your machine once again.

Now, you have the option of bringing in your past settings and files using Apple's Time Machine (and, your backup device) and the "Migration Assistant" located in the

Applications - Utilities subfolder.

As a caveat, the only sna-fu I got was AFTER I brought in some of the old "Yosemite" programs and tried to use those programs with El Capitan.

El Capitan has a strict sandbox policy enveloping the kernel now.

So, if your older "Yosemite", "Lion", "Tiger", Cheetah", "Snow Leopard", et al backwards not-compatible programs attempt to access the kernel as originally written by

the software developers, then you will get a "panic" when starting your machine after accessing those programs in El Capitan.

And, the "panic" redirects to the debugger, and freeze!

You will be back to square one, unless you know how to debug your vendor's past software projects!

Better to just start fresh with El Capitan, on a new SSD drive, store your old Apple HD for future access, and let Time Machine transfer over the "good" programs,

leaving the "bad" programs behind.

There is no guarantee when downloading from the Apple App Store that what you download will be the El Capitan "friendly" version of the software.

So, triple check that to avoid the dreaded debugger freeze!

Oh, one other thing for you Mac Book Pro mid 2012 owners and older.

Get a Kanex Thunderbolt to USB 3.0/Ethernet adapter to connect your legacy WD 5 TB back up device.

Your Mac Book Pro at the time came with two USB 2.0 ports.

You will not get Thunderbolt speeds with a USB 3.0 compatible WD external hard-drive, but you will get 3.0 speeds through the Thunderbolt-to-USB 3.0 adapter leaving

open your two standard USB 2.0 ports.

A fair compromise given a 5TB WD back-up device runs closer to $100 and a 4TB Thunderbolt back-up device runs around $400.

One final note ... keep-a your Time Machine backups segregated by installing a new user that logs in with your Apple ID password, and then open up the "Migration

Assistant" to select your past user names to transfer over as separate users.

If you backed up to Time Machine before you yanked out the old legacy Apple HD, then you will be able to access the old legacy Apple HD files using a SATA-to-USB

adapter, if necessary.

Happy sail'n and surf'n!

AvgOrdinaryGuy says:
Hi everyone, I bought this several weeks ago ($100) and was amazed by how SLOW it is on my mac running Yosemite. I'm wondering why I bothered.. I was running a 120 g

Crucial SSD which was lightening fast.. with Samsung, now when I start my mac, I just get a grey screen for like 30-40 seconds.. no wheel, no nothing.. just a grey

screen. Anyway.. total pain to switch but I'm getting a Sandisk SSD during the turkey sale days and sending this one back to the retirement home from which it came,

walker and all. Be prepared to limp if you buy this SSD drive for your main mac OS drive?
I returned this Samsung drive and replaced it with a Crucial drive.. same size.. The samsung would hang while booting for 20-30 seconds.. no apple.. no progress bar..

nothing.. then it would kick in and startup in 55 seconds. The crucial boots normally in about 15 seconds. I have no idea what the difference is.. the clone should be

the same from drive to drive. I haven't enabled Trim on either drive that I know of.

Master and Commander says:
Upgrade to El Capitan ...

Mark says:
This product works just like the recommendation by Nathaniel stated. The only thing that bugs me is the time it takes to go from pushing the on button to the time you

see the Apple Logo has increased. It used to take under 5 seconds to see the Logo now it takes up to 30 seconds. After you see the Logo to logging in has been greatly

reduced though. I am so pleased I read this recommendation. The drive operates perfectly and I can't believe the difference in time it takes to start any application.

It's only the lag time time when starting that feels like it takes for ever. I formatted the drive OS X Extended (Journaled).

Alfredo O. says:
hi, i really want to buy this ssd drive, but i see it only says it's for PC. i never saw anything stating it will work with OS? but seems like several people have been

installing it in their macpros. i have a mid 2010 macpro 13"". do you think it will work for my macpro?

Serge says:
It's in my mid-2011 MacBook Pro running flawless. If your laptop (Mac or PC) has a 2.5" HDD it will work.

Alfredo O. says:
Ok thanks it should work for mine then

Dave the Painting Guy says:
It's a drive. It comes formatted for PC, but can be reformatted for Mac OS. I am using mine right now in my 2010 MacBook Pro. I had NO issues installing it or

establishing an operating system on it, then restored from my Time Machine back-up to get i going again. It;s FANTASTIC fast! You will not regret it.

Alfredo O. says:
Ok, I did a back up like a year ago but it took forever. I think I'm going to do the clone method with carbon copy, seems much more time efficient :)

Amazon Customer says:
Ssds don't slow down like traditional hard drives, they generally can last upwards of 5 years. (Far above most hard drives)

Amazon Customer says:
It will work fine, its just marketed toward pc users as pcs are generally easier to work on. You will need to clone all of your data over to the new drive before


jami says:
I bought this and can't figure out how to get it to respond to my MacBook

Linda H. says:
I think It will work with your laptop. Don't worry

Next.. Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E500B/AM)

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