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Macbook Pro SSD Upgrade (2011/2012/2013)

May 21, 2018 Jon 30 Comments

Switching to a SSD is one of the biggest performance boosters you can do.
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Install SSD in MacBook Pro The Fast Way: Upgrade your Macbook – Follow these steps and get a serious speed upgrade.

If you are looking for a way to get more out of your MacBook or MacBook Pro one of the first things you’ll hear is get a solid-state drive (SSD). SSDs offer faster data read and write speeds, fast file transfers, speedier boot times and will save you some battery life. In the past SSDs were considered somewhat pricey upgrades and out of reach for many users. Recently the prices have dropped significantly and quality drives can be had for a song through retailers like Amazon and OWC.

Macbook Pro SSD upgrade shown in this video applies to Macbook Pro Unibodys (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013). Macbook Pro SSD installation is pretty easy on older models too and If need be let me know in the comments and I’ll find an old mac to install one in. (note speeds will be slower on machines that don’t have sata3.

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  1. Matt Gonzalez
    May 21, 2018 - 2:08 am

    Here is everything I currently use to make videos http://geni.us/mygear

  2. Nicholas Fioriello
    May 21, 2018 - 2:24 am

    Had a question about the video. I want to replace my 2012 MacBook Pro hard drive to a Samsung Evo SSD. I already have an external hard drive that I use for weekly backups just in case of a malfunction. Instead of using the disk utility to transfer information from the old hard drive to the new, can I use the external hard drive to do a backup restart after installing the Samsung SSD? I think it would, just wanted to check because every video I see someone uses some sort of cloning application within the process.

  3. Josh Richards
    May 21, 2018 - 2:36 am

    Is there an adapter kit that lets you move that hard drive over to the CD drive bay?

  4. Alexander Michel
    May 21, 2018 - 3:19 am

    My standard HD is broken in my Macbook Pro mid 2010. I cannot enter my MacBook anymore. Now i want to change it with and SSD.
    But can i just change i like that? And What about osx? How do i get that on my new SSD?

  5. Dmitry
    May 21, 2018 - 3:59 am

    Оригинальные SSD для Macbook и iMac. Какие бывают проблемы с переходниками и конвертерами. https://mdex-nn.ru/page/ssd-dlja-macbook.html

  6. sagiepuff
    May 21, 2018 - 4:02 am

    Does Mac OS come with the disk utility assistant or whatever? It’s 2018 now, but I might try to do this, and if the Mac was running a different version, is it somewhat the same?

  7. Dj Absolute
    May 21, 2018 - 4:04 am

    im far from technical but i want to upgrade the orginal hard drive in my late 2011 13 inch macbook pro with a 2tb ssd and also replace the optical drive with a sshd. question is how big a TB sshd can i put in there? if anyone can help that would be great. thanks

  8. kahama42
    May 21, 2018 - 4:23 am

    what is the latest model with CD drive that i can upgrade please ?

  9. Kenny
    May 21, 2018 - 4:29 am

    What happens to the data on the original hard drive? Is it erased during this process or is it still available to keep after you install the ssd?

  10. RogueStatusWolf
    May 21, 2018 - 4:34 am

    If you set the speed to 0.75, it feels less like your getting directions from an auctioneer.

  11. J One
    May 21, 2018 - 5:27 am

    Should of worn gloves

  12. julien reveillet
    May 21, 2018 - 6:22 am

    That’s clearly a 2013 Macbook here…
    2013 already have flash drives

  13. Omkar Bhosale
    May 21, 2018 - 6:40 am

    Use DiskMakerX software to create backup os on Pendrive for High Sierra or later Versions as well.
    The software the youtuber mentioned in the video is not applicable for high Sierra version. I used the DMX and it worked.

    Then I followed the instructions as per the video and everything worked. Thanks for the video.
    I installed the 250GB Samsung 850EVO

  14. Gunner Tierno
    May 21, 2018 - 6:42 am

    great  how to video for installing macOS High Sierra onto mabook pro here

  15. Erron White
    May 21, 2018 - 7:19 am

    Question: do I have to use disk recovery.  Will time machine also work or is disk recovery the best route to go?

  16. Meme Lord
    May 21, 2018 - 7:39 am

    What would happen if you didnt do the step with the usb in the beginning?

  17. Peter Asaro
    May 21, 2018 - 8:13 am

    Great video, worked perfectly!

  18. SALD
    May 21, 2018 - 8:17 am

    How about the fcpx project? Will it replace like before?? Or will gone?

  19. Future Clout kid
    May 21, 2018 - 8:51 am

    Kodak black liked this video. I’m serious

  20. Reiss capone
    May 21, 2018 - 9:28 am

    lol kodack black liked this video lol

  21. TinnitusTheNight
    May 21, 2018 - 9:59 am

    This vid got liked by Kodak Black

  22. Peter Cho
    May 21, 2018 - 10:25 am

    How do you boot the OS from the external drive?

    I just got an SSD for my mac mini and plan on doing the cloning process from the HDD that's already in there. But since there's a second slot for a hard drive I want to keep the HDD just as a storage drive. How do I make the tell the mac so the SSD will be the boot and HDD will be not?

    Great video though!

  23. Kevin Scott
    May 21, 2018 - 11:09 am

    Thanks Doc, this just helped me update my MacBook Pro and my iMac! They are like brand new machines! So grateful!

  24. Himawan Ryandi
    May 21, 2018 - 11:55 am

    H**lo there,can i ask?if i use cheap sata to usb,is possible to back up the whole data to my new ssd?sorry if my english bad. Thank you.

  25. UKVATO
    May 21, 2018 - 12:19 pm

    Will a 1TB hard drive work with a MacBook Pro 2009?

  26. Mitch Dresen
    May 21, 2018 - 1:02 pm

    Shaun, I'm trying to clone my early 2011 Macbook Pro's HD to the Samsung SSD 850 Evo. So far I have hooked it up to a dock, connected the dock to the MBP via USB and launched Disk Utility. Right now I am lost.. I have selected the device (Samsung SSD) in Disk Utility, but when I click partition, the icon for it is greyed out. Do you know why this might be happening? Any advice? Thanks, Mitch.

  27. Juan Lombardo
    May 21, 2018 - 1:19 pm

    Is it possible to Recover from Time Machine as well? Command+R @ boot.
    I have HD 250Gb and want to replace it for SSD 500GB

  28. Diego Fuentes
    May 21, 2018 - 1:40 pm

    Great video man!
    Do you know if it work for MacBook Pro mid 2014? Or which one work for it?
    Mega like subscribed!

  29. Ashley Martinez
    May 21, 2018 - 2:17 pm


  30. Nathan Hopkins
    May 21, 2018 - 2:41 pm

    great info I'm learning affliliate marketing this would be very helpful thanks

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