MacBook Pro has many features that are suited to be an excellent computer for engineering students. Besides being aesthetically pleasing, it is also highly customizable with the right set of tweaks and hacks you can make your MacBook perform even better after buying it.
The MacBook pro comes in two variants – 13 inch and 15 inch screen sizes. The major difference between them is obviously the size but they both have similar hardware specifications except for their processors.
This guide will focus only on the SSD for mid-2012 version which came out with a slightly different design compared to earlier ones which was lighter, thinner and had high-resolution screens.
This particular model usually has 500 GB hard disk drive by default but you can always upgrade it up to 1 or more using a home pc or by using one of the online services.
I will focus only on the SSD problem because if you follow this guide, you can get nearly twice or even more than that in terms of pure GBs for your money which is a huge benefit.
There are plenty of options available from third party companies so it makes sense to do some research and find out what works best for your specific model. I have tested many different brands so I know what works and what doesn’t.
Keep in mind that most SSDs come with a custom laptop kit which includes sata cables, screws etc.
If you already have extra screws and SATA cables then it might be a good idea to just go ahead and buy a low profile drive caddy instead but if not then they are relatively cheap to buy.
There are many companies around who sell custom SSDs for macbooks but these five stood out because of their amazing price to performance ratio.
Top 5 Solid State Drives For MacBook Pro (Mid 2012)
- Crucial M500 480 GB
- OWC Aura Pro 6G 480GB
- Samsung 840 EVO 500GB
- Intel 330 Series 120GB (Used/Tested)
- Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB
Crucial M500 / OWC Aura / Samsung 840 EVO 500 GB:
These drives are pretty much the same internally with similar components, build quality and design.
The only difference is that the OWC version comes with an additional mATA adaptor which you can use to turn your 2.5 inch SSD into a regular drive like any other laptop HDD by just connecting it to the SATA port inside.
I do not recommend this though because these drives are already very slim and regular laptops usually come with 7mm z-height which is way too high for modern SSDs designed for desktops or ultrabooks.
This adds about 1 extra mm which you might not even notice but it’s extremely annoying if you ever want to put your laptop next to another one because most regular hard disks these days are 9.5mm tall at max.
Crucial M500 480 GB / OWC Aura Pro 6G 480GB:
To find out if you need a laptop kit or not, check the dimensions of your SSD. If it is exactly 9.5mm in height then you will most likely need a caddy because there are very few laptops that support drives with that thickness without using caddies.
You can also measure the length of your existing hard disk drive and compare it to the SSD model you are buying- if they are exactly the same in size then you don’t need any extra screws etc but I generally recommend getting an entire kit just for convenience with everything you might need included in one package.
Some companies sell faster versions with different controllers that provide higher performance levels but these are usually only useful if your laptop is very old because they have limited backward compatibility.
I recommend getting the cheapest model that is exactly 9.5mm in height just because these are usually faster on new Macbook Pro models with USB 3 ports.
If you are looking for even more space on your Macbook then it might be worth considering adding an SSD to your existing hard disk drive using a caddy or buying two smaller drives instead of one big one – this can give you more flexibility but make sure you do some research first because not all SSD models work well together and some don’t even require additional drivers while others do, so make sure you check before making any purchases.
After replacing the existing hard disk drive or after installing two used SSDs into my laptop, I was able too get over double the storage space without compromising on speed.
Despite having less than half of the original space, I feel like my laptop is running faster than ever before because it boots up so quickly after waking up from sleep mode and also wakes-up almost instantly.