960GB Mercury Electra MAX 3G SSD 2.5" Serial-ATA 9.5mm 3Gb/s Solid State Drive. Tier 1 NAND Flash storage with 7% Over Provisioned Redundancy. Mac and PC compatible. Built in the USA. 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty.
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95 out of 95(100%)reviewers would recommend this product.
Works perfectly in Late 2008 13" MacBook (Aluminum Unibody)
PostedNovember 17, 2014
I bought the 480GB Mercury Electra 3G to replace the stock 5,400 RPM 160GB Fujitsu hard drive. Installation was easy – I used an online guide for reference. The newer OWC drives are 7mm thick (height), which is not an issue in the compatible MacBooks. The only tricky thing is to make sure you've screwed the T6 Torx side screws from the original hard drive all the way into the new drive's holes, otherwise it won't sit flush under the retaining bracket. Also, try not to put any force on the thin SATA connector in the MacBook... there is enough slack in the cable to disconnect and connect the drives without a problem.
I installed a fresh copy of OS X 10.9.5 on the new drive and I used Migration Assistant to import data from the old hard drive, installed fresh copies of all the applications, and everything is running perfectly. I haven't run any benchmarks, but the performance improvement is obvious – I strongly recommend upgrading your MacBook's memory to 8 GB (supported by OS X 10.6 and later) along with your storage. I plan to upgrade to OS X 10.10 soon and I'll let the drive manage its own garbage collection, as OWC recommends.
Pros: Quality, Durability, performance, power savings, lightweight
I can't believe how easy it was to install the new hard drive. I was worried I might damage something, but the videos on the site helped me walk through the process. The laptop has new life now, and it very fast, compared to having the old HDD.
I use this drive as my scratch disk for rendering Poser stuff and it has stepped up this process tremendously. The same with Photoshop saves, etc. If I have a complaint it is something is causing an occasional computer hang requiring a complete restart. Something that would really, really irritate me except the restart is so fast with this drive I hardly have time to complain.
Response from Other World ComputingTechnical Support, Technical SupportNovember 10, 2014
9 times out of 10, occasional system hangs are actually software-based. Try repairing permissions on the drive.
Installed the 120 GB SSD in my MacBook Pro 2009 model and the difference is almost scary. I literally have a new MacBook. Startup is in 15 seconds or so compared to several minutes with the original HD. All Apps run faster as does the internet connection. Was easy to install. Didn't really need instructional video but it was great also. Thank you
Arrived OK, well packaged. The online installation video made it super easy and it only took 15 minutes. My Mac Mini boots in 20 sec and apps load almost instantly. A new lease on life for my 2010 mini and OSX 10.6.8 allows me to run in 32 bit mode so my fax modem still works! YAY
I purchased two of these SSDs for a 5,1 Macbook Pro. The optical drive has been removed, and the second SSD put in its place via a converter bracket. The two drives are in RAID 0 configuration. I have used this same configuration with Kingston SSDs, and I have to say that the battery life on the Macbook Pro has been better. With the Kingstons, a full charge would have yielded a reading of 3 hours or so. The OWC drives give an reading of over 4 hrs. The Kingstons lasted 2 years and 3 months before giving trouble. Time will tell how the OWCs do. As for speed: In Yosemite, Photoshop CS3 launches in 5 seconds. Approximately the same for iPhoto. Yes, I will be recommending these little gems to other users. Definitely.
Pros: power efficiency
Cons: bit more expensive that other ssds but worth it.
I chose to upgrade my late 2009 Mac Mini rather than purchasing new, and have found an instant 'new feeling' with the new SSD drive and RAM from OWC. I really appreciated the step by step DIY videos on here as well as it made the transition simple. Highly recommend this route if you wish to see your Mini last a few more years.
I replaced the old Samsung 470 SSD 256 GB with the new OWC Mercury 3G SSD 240 GB on my old MacBook Pro late 2008. The migration of data was easy thanks to Carbon Copy Cloner and the physical installation was done in less than 2 minutes. After the replacement I noticed a speed improvement. However, what really impressed me was the low fan noise. The fans didn’t kick in, as it was the case for the Samsung SSD. After the OWC SSD installation, my mac runs faster than before and very very very quiet. Even working with resource demanding applications, such as Photoshop, Aperture or AutoCAD, the fan noise is acceptable. With the OWC I do not need to hack the operating system to enable the trim support. Whereas in my Samsung I had to hack the operating System to enable the Trim support, in the OWC this is not necessary due their internal technology that manages the SSDs garbage collection in a proper way. This means that you don’t need to hack the system after every update.
Pros: Quality, Durability, faster computer, no need to hack the operating system for trim supp, quiet operations, finally something assembled in the usa
Cons: in switzerland you are going to pay import taxes, i should have used owc parts before
Converting any hard drive isn't as easy at is looks however OWC makes it very easy with their installation videos. The delivery was quick and I would highly recommend converting any hard drive to a OWC Solid State Drive as soon as possible for speed and durability. Don't wait until your mechanical hard drive fails.
Loaded my MacBook Pro 2008 with this SSD made a great improvement to my computer speed. Photoshop CS5 loaded in three seconds compared to an eternity previously. This 240GB drive also gave me some needed headroom from my 160GB traditional drive.The 3G gave my ailing computer new life!
Mounted the disc, transferred the data with Time Machine and everything works just fine. The disc is now installed for a little longer than three months and up to now no problems whatsoever have occurred. The Mac really works about twice as fast as before. I am very pleased ! Three months is not very long, so I can't say anything about long time durability, but I have high hopes... :-) Greetings, T.
Bought for my late 2009 mac mini when the old HHD died. It's back and better than ever maxed out with 8 GB of ram too. I love the speed improvements. Installation was insanely easy. They make 2009 mac mini upgrades seem like you need a degree in computer repair, but I think a monkey with youtube could probably get it done.
While I can't say anything about durability yet, this is definitely a trouble-free upgrade, and the 3-years warranty helps to relieve the fear of the unknown. Just have your clone ready, pop the SSD in, then clone back. The SSD is almost uncomfortably light and silent, which can be weird for persons used to the slight buzzing of a rotating HDD, but rest assured, what it gives back to an older machine such as the MacBook 5,2 is astonishing, especially paired with 4GB RAM.
Why this one and not the 6Gbps, at least to be able to use it in a newer computer? Well first, while they are about the same price, the SSD's firmware has a slight incompatibility with nVidia's chipset, clocking the 6Gbps down to 1.5Gbps even on 3Gbps capability. Then the performance gain is so large that you're unlikely to want it out of the MacBook ever again, unless capacity becomes a problem. It has a beautiful finish, honestly that's useless from its completely hidden location, but surely helps with the branding as I always remember OWC as the "dark blue website".
I chose the 120GB because the MacBook 5,2 was a secondary machine and that it didn't need to hold so much data. But it's now so comfortable to use again that I do routinely take this one instead of the more recent MacBook Pro whenever I feel too lazy to eject all drives, and even installed one small virtual machine since there's no slowdown. The only catch is that it's easy to get hooked to that kind of performance and try what was never thought possible on an old machine, and end up filling the drive completely.
Speed regularly breaks the 250MBps barrier, and it especially shines on full Gbps LAN, meaning I also use it as a download point before transferring to other supports.
Bottom line being, it's easier than you expect to give a useful life back to an old machine, even for power users.
I had to replace my 13" Macbook Pro because it had just gotten so slow... and then I bought this drive and it's almost as fast the 15" Retina Display that replaced it! Still glad to have the new one by my wife is going to enjoy the hot new Macbook that will be replacing her Dell very soon.