Best SSD for MacBook Pro

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Editors note: this post was originally published in January 2014 and was updated in August 2017 to reflect new reviews and experiences.

No matter how much of an Apple fan or fanatic you are, you just have to accept that their products are quite pricey, with even nominal upgrades costing annoyingly high sums of money.

The costs of new Apple products or upgrade options are especially high if if you compare it to the PC upgrade alternatives.

However, if you want to stick to Apple but want to enjoy a faster mac, particularly a faster MacBook Pro, upgrading to a new SSD (Solid State Drive) hard disk might be a great way to speed up your MacBook Pro, without having to shell out for an expensive new Mac computer purchase. When upgrading to an SSD, you must ensure that your operating system (macOS) loads out of your newly installed SSD, as this is what will boost your Mac’s existing performance. Use your existing conventional hard disk to store user-generated files and use your SSD partition to run macOS and other applications that are power hungry. You you will then see the value of owning a SSD for your Mac.

Below, we will quickly take you through the 5 best SSD for MacBook Pro

1. Samsung Electronics 850 Pro-Series 128 GB Sata III

The 850 series SSD uses 3D V-NAND architecture, where 32 cell layers are stacked on top of one anther. As a result of this breakthrough technology, more storage space is packed into a smaller footprint.

The 850 Series is supposed to be the most durable SSD in the world today, with even Samsung claiming that it will last twice as long as the 840 Series SSD. It is no wonder that it comes with an impressive 10 year warranty! It makes it an ideal choice as SSD of choice for your MacBook pro or any Mac or ultrabook for that matter!

This is a particularly good buy if you are looking to buy an SSD with just 128 GB capacity as the 128 GB 850 Series model specifically offers write speeds that are at least 20% faster than the 128 GB 840 Series SSD or any other brand SSD out there.

  • Sequential read speed = 550 MBPS
  • Sequential write speed = 520 MBPS
  • Random read speed = 100k
  • Random write speed = 90k

Click to buy from – Samsung Electronics 850 Pro-Series 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Single Unit Version Internal Solid State Drive MZ-7KE128BW

2. Samsung Electronics 840 Evo-Series 250 GB 2.5 Inch Sata III

Macbook Pro SSD Samsung 840 Evo SeriesBefore the 850 series came along, the 840 was by far the most popular, fastest and reliable SSD out there. With thousands of fantastic reviews at Amazon and a ton of other technology sites, purchasing this Samsung product should be a very easy decision to make, if you can afford it. It only costs a small premium more than other models mentioned here and is worth every penny.

It is also one of the lighter SSD options out there, with the weight coming in at just 4.8 ounces. This SSD is also available in 120 GB, 500 GB, 750 GB and 1TB capacities.

  • Sequential read speed = 540 MBPS
  • Sequential write speed = 520 MBPS
  • Random read speed = 97k
  • Random write speed = 66k

Click to buy from – Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Single Unit Version Internal Solid State Drive MZ-7TE250BW

3. Crucial M500 240 GB SATA 2.5 inch SSD

Crucial M500 SSD for MacBook ProAvailable at a price that is cheaper than the popular Samsung model listed above, this very popular SSD from Crucial does a fantastic job if you are looking for a high performance SSD with a rather affordable price tag.

  • Sequential read speed = 500 MB
  • Sequential write speed = 250 MB
  • Random read speed = 72k
  • Random write speed = 60k

Click to buy from – Crucial M500 240GB SATA 2.5-Inch 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal Solid State Drive CT240M500SSD1

4. Kingston Digital 120 GB SSDNow V300 SATA 3

Kingston Digital V 300This Kingston SSD is a great choice if you want an SSD that comes with the assurance of a three year warranty. Besides the warranty, you also receive free technical support should you need help to install this SSD into your Mac or MacBook.

  • Sequential read speed = 450 MBPS
  • Sequential write speed = 450 MBPS
  • Random read speed = 85k
  • Random write speed = 60k

Click to buy from – Kingston Digital 120GB SSDNow V300 SATA 3 2.5 (7mm height) with Adapter Solid State Drive 2.5-Inch SV300S37A/120G

5. Kingston HyperX 3K 120 GB SATA III

Kingston HyperX 120 GB SSD for MacBook ProThis is a high performance SSD from Kingston that comes with added goodies like a finely tuned controller that ensures that you get the most out of this SSD. If you are an avid gamer, playing high resolution games or indulging in heavy video or image editing work on your Mac, this might be an excellent choice.

  • Sequential read speed = 540 MBPS
  • Sequential write speed = 450 MBPS
  • Random read speed = 20k
  • Random write speed = 60k

Click to buy from – Kingston HyperX 3K 120 GB SATA III 2.5-Inch 6.0 Gb/s Solid State Drive SH103S3/120G

6. Intel 530 Series 240 GB Internal Solid State Drive

Best SSD for MacBook Pro - Intel 530 Series SSDsComing from the Intel stables, you can quite easily trust this 240 GB SSD meant for internal use, especially as your best MacBook Pro SSD option. With fantastic all round performance and the solid reliability that Intel has offered over the years, this Intel SSD is as good if not better than the other models mentioned here.

  • Sequential read speed = 540 MBPS
  • Sequential write speed = 490 MBPS
  • Random read speed = 41k
  • Random write speed = 80k

Click to buy from – Intel 530 Series 240GB 2.5-Inch Internal Solid State Drive (Reseller Kit) SSDSC2BW240A4K5

Please note that the sequential and random read write speeds mentioned above are relevant only to the hard disk capacity mentioned in the post. The speeds can increase/decrease if you choose a higher or lower storage capacity SSD hard disk model.

When you buy a SSD for your MacBook Pro, whether you are choosing one of the models mentioned above or another model note mentioned here, make sure that you buy the new generation 6 gbps models over the older generation models that only offer speeds of up to 3 GBPS speeds.

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  3. sararith Reply

    is it the same if i apply to macbook air 2011?

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  5. Jordan Reply

    I recently purchase the Samsung 850 Pro for my Macbook pro late 2011. This is a very impressive drive, there is no denying that, however it will work with Mac products it is not given any updates or support. Until this changes as impressive as this drive is, for this user it makes the drive useless.

  6. Christine Reply

    So what if I have an older model, macbook pro mid 2010? I have been reading and reading and it doesn’t really seem to be a problem, but I’m having a hard time finding the information I’m looking for. I have mostly been looking at the Samsung SSD PRO 840 and maybe even 850 since someone pointed out that maybe the current computer you have may not be able to use the full capacity of the SSD, but a computer in your future might. So anyway, another concern I have is that I’ve have come to learn that you cant upgrade the Samsung SSD on a mac, they only made that possible on a Windows, is this true? How would that work? Could you work around that in any way? I don’t have Windows on my mac, but I also know that you can, yet i haven’t gone that deep into it.

    Would really appreciate a reply, thank you!


  7. Rajini11 Reply

    I have the Samsung EVO SSD and it was fantastic to see the performance improvement in my MacBook after I reconfigured OS X to load from the SSD.

    One of the easiest ways to upgrade without spending way too much on a new Mac purchase!

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