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I have the late 2008 edition of the unibody MacBook. It has a built-in HDD which became unbelievably slow. The other tech-specs are:

my tech-specs

Now, since its not too bad regarding the processor and the memory is ok too, I thought about speeding it up a bit by giving it an SSD.

[#1] Do you think this SSD will work for the MacBook? Or do you have another recommendation?

EDIT

[#2] I found an even quicker one for just 10$ more, might that one work as well?

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Yes, that drive will work for your Macbook. However, keep in mind that your machine uses a SATA II interface. This means that the maximum throughout is 300 MB/s. Though SATA III drives, such as the one you link to, are backwards compatible, there’s no benefit to spending the extra money. You are better off finding a SATA II SSD. Either way, you will notice a drastic improvement in speed and performance.

  • Thank you, is it 300MB/s in- or output? – LinusGeffarth Mar 18 '15 at 15:54
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    @LinusG You’re welcome. Both. You will not exceed 300 MB/S reading from it or writing to it. – njboot Mar 18 '15 at 15:55
  • How do you actually know what SATA I have? In the system info it just says "SATA", same on the official Apple Website. – LinusGeffarth Mar 18 '15 at 16:23
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    @LinusG., the specs of that laptop are available in several places such as everymac.com. SATA III didn't appear in the Mac laptop line until the 2011 MacBook Pro (8,1). – bjb Mar 18 '15 at 16:43
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Yep it'll be compatible, your HDD is a SATA II.

But because of the SATA2 limitation (~300MB/s) you won't be able to use your SSD at full speed.

  • Oh really? So is it 300MB/s in- or output? – LinusGeffarth Mar 18 '15 at 15:53
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    Both, it's the same thing for the controller. – Matthieu Riegler Mar 18 '15 at 15:57
  • How do you actually know what SATA I have? In the system info it just says "SATA", same on the official Apple Website. – LinusGeffarth Mar 18 '15 at 16:37
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    SATA III is a standard released in 2009. SATA II is much older as it was released in 2004. – Matthieu Riegler Mar 18 '15 at 16:40
  • Also EveryMac is a good reference : everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook/specs/… (3Gbps = SATA II) – Matthieu Riegler Mar 18 '15 at 16:46
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I have that same model and have a 240GB SSD from OWC in it. Have had for probably two years. It works very well and since you just need a 3G model you can get one for like $125.00 or so.

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