Replacing HDD with SSD on MBP mid 2012

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Posted 19th Jun 2020
Could someone recommend the best 500gb SSD to replace my old HDD in my MBP.
Is it relatively easy/ a straight swap to do? I have seen some tutorials on YouTube so guessing I could easily follow those steps.

Thanks in advance
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It's very easy to do. You just follow the steps in the tutorials you've seen. As for which SSD to use you can't go wrong with a Crucial MX500, though I've used Integral P series and SanDisk in Macbooks before. I'd just say to stick with one of the well known brands, it's a very simple process.
I used Acronis True Image on my 2009 Macbook Pro to image my HDD onto a new SSD. I had an external 2.5" drive reader which it wrote that image onto and then expanded the partition so it used all the space on the larger SSD (you can skip that step if the SSD is the same size as your existing HDD).
I did need specialised tools to open the Macbook up. I used this which is highly regarded: iFixit Mako Precision Bit Set 64 Bit Driver Kit Precision Aluminum bit Driver Screwdriver
Once the hard drives were swapped it just booted as per normal except it was lightning fast. A lot of YouTube tutorials helped m along the way. Good luck!
Haircut_10019/06/2020 15:34

It's very easy to do. You just follow the steps in the tutorials you've …It's very easy to do. You just follow the steps in the tutorials you've seen. As for which SSD to use you can't go wrong with a Crucial MX500, though I've used Integral P series and SanDisk in Macbooks before. I'd just say to stick with one of the well known brands, it's a very simple process.


So would purchasing this one be fine in your opinion? Thanks again for your help
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dheaddy19/06/2020 15:35

I used Acronis True Image on my 2009 Macbook Pro to image my HDD onto a …I used Acronis True Image on my 2009 Macbook Pro to image my HDD onto a new SSD. I had an external 2.5" drive reader which it wrote that image onto and then expanded the partition so it used all the space on the larger SSD (you can skip that step if the SSD is the same size as your existing HDD).I did need specialised tools to open the Macbook up. I used this which is highly regarded: iFixit Mako Precision Bit Set 64 Bit Driver Kit Precision Aluminum bit Driver ScrewdriverOnce the hard drives were swapped it just booted as per normal except it was lightning fast. A lot of YouTube tutorials helped m along the way. Good luck!


Thank you
justonemore19/06/2020 16:17

So would purchasing this one be fine in your opinion? Thanks again for …So would purchasing this one be fine in your opinion? Thanks again for your help[Image]


That's a M.2 drive which isn't what you want. You need a 2.5" SSD, something like this would be perfect.
hotukdeals.com/dea…304
Use the Crucial upgrade checker to figure out what drive works for your machine; the MX500 is an excellent choice for laptops. It will also tell you which RAM you need to buy if you want to upgrade that as well. Acronis True Image is a free license when bought to use on a Crucial drive. You will also need a an external SATA cable (under £10 on Amazon and eBay) and a Phillips screwdriver kit (I got one in Poundland).

Having done this upgrade last month, here is what I remember doing -

# backup your data fully to another external drive, ensure you buy a SSD that can accommodate all the data, applications and has space left over (my hard drive was quite empty, could replace a 750GB HDD with a 240GB SSD as I was looking to upgrade the drive and RAM for under £100)
# install the cloning software like Acronis or Macrium Reflect to the HDD (I have found these easier to use than others)
# connect the SSD through the SATA cable to a USB 3 port
# clone the hard drive to the SSD using the software - if your SSD is smaller than the HDD, you will have to manually choose the various partitions on the HDD for cloning saving the biggest one for last (necessary if using Macrium Reflect)
# depending on how much your HDD has, cloning can be quick or take a few hours
# once cloning is completed, shut down your laptop immediately
# pop open the back with the screwdrive, carefully remove the HDD (remember which way the holding rails are attached, or take a photo)
# insert the SSD into the SATA slot, screw the rails back
# replace the back but only temporarily
# try booting the machine, should work straight away

In my case however, despite multiple attempts, the cloning failed. So, here are the additional things I had to do -

# did a full backup to a portable HDD, and made a list of all the applications installed on the machine
# created a Windows recovery image on an external USB flash drive (min 8GB space required) and chose to transfer the license from the existing machine
# rebooted the laptop (still on the old HDD, but the RAM was upgraded by now), hit F2 to get into the BIOS, then changed the boot order to USB first
# shut down the machine, ignored the cloning, put the SSD into the laptop as is
# connected the USB drive
# started my laptop, it booted into the Windows recovery flash drive and installed Windows afresh to the SSD
# everything went well and I had a fresh installation
# went to ninite.com to install all the usual freeware / shareware stuff I need on the machine
# installed the remaining apps like Office 365
# transferred the data
# rebooted, got into the BIOS, changed the boot order back to internal drive first

There are many guides available online, including on Crucial's website. Please use them. The above steps are not exhausting and I am sure I have missed a few (depending on HUKD for quality check ).
Haircut_10019/06/2020 17:35

That's a M.2 drive which isn't what you want. You need a 2.5" SSD, …That's a M.2 drive which isn't what you want. You need a 2.5" SSD, something like this would be perfect.https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/crucial-mx500-ct500mx500ssd1-500-gb-3d-nand-sata-25-inch-internal-ssd-3488304


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Why would you use cloning software ?

Take the old HDD out of the MacBook - put in the SSD. Buy a USB caddy for the HDD. Install a fresh copy of MacOS on the SSD and then use Migration Assistant to copy everything over from the HDD plugged into a USB port. Brings over user accounts, passwords, recent items.

Used this half a dozen times over the last 6 months on various MacBooks - with no issues.

Anything goes wrong - you just put the original HDD back in. When you are happy everything is as it should be then you have an external HDD to use with Time Machine or whatever.

If it is a 13 inch MacBook Pro mid 2012 then I would change the HDD cable while you are inside - about £5 odd on eBay. The cables go "off" and become a bottleneck when you use a faster SSD...........

The WD SSD that you linked to is fine - it is a 2.5" SATA SSD. There is a photo of an M.2 disc in front of it but the item description is for a 2.5" SATA SSD.
bozo00719/06/2020 17:57

Use the Crucial upgrade checker to figure out what drive works for your …Use the Crucial upgrade checker to figure out what drive works for your machine; the MX500 is an excellent choice for laptops. It will also tell you which RAM you need to buy if you want to upgrade that as well. Acronis True Image is a free license when bought to use on a Crucial drive. You will also need a an external SATA cable (under £10 on Amazon and eBay) and a Phillips screwdriver kit (I got one in Poundland).Having done this upgrade last month, here is what I remember doing -# backup your data fully to another external drive, ensure you buy a SSD that can accommodate all the data, applications and has space left over (my hard drive was quite empty, could replace a 750GB HDD with a 240GB SSD as I was looking to upgrade the drive and RAM for under £100)# install the cloning software like Acronis or Macrium Reflect to the HDD (I have found these easier to use than others)# connect the SSD through the SATA cable to a USB 3 port# clone the hard drive to the SSD using the software - if your SSD is smaller than the HDD, you will have to manually choose the various partitions on the HDD for cloning saving the biggest one for last (necessary if using Macrium Reflect)# depending on how much your HDD has, cloning can be quick or take a few hours# once cloning is completed, shut down your laptop immediately# pop open the back with the screwdrive, carefully remove the HDD (remember which way the holding rails are attached, or take a photo)# insert the SSD into the SATA slot, screw the rails back# replace the back but only temporarily# try booting the machine, should work straight awayIn my case however, despite multiple attempts, the cloning failed. So, here are the additional things I had to do -# did a full backup to a portable HDD, and made a list of all the applications installed on the machine# created a Windows recovery image on an external USB flash drive (min 8GB space required) and chose to transfer the license from the existing machine# rebooted the laptop (still on the old HDD, but the RAM was upgraded by now), hit F2 to get into the BIOS, then changed the boot order to USB first# shut down the machine, ignored the cloning, put the SSD into the laptop as is# connected the USB drive# started my laptop, it booted into the Windows recovery flash drive and installed Windows afresh to the SSD# everything went well and I had a fresh installation# went to ninite.com to install all the usual freeware / shareware stuff I need on the machine# installed the remaining apps like Office 365# transferred the data# rebooted, got into the BIOS, changed the boot order back to internal drive firstThere are many guides available online, including on Crucial's website. Please use them. The above steps are not exhausting and I am sure I have missed a few (depending on HUKD for quality check ).


Thank you so much for your help
tintin719/06/2020 19:00

Why would you use cloning software ?Take the old HDD out of the MacBook - …Why would you use cloning software ?Take the old HDD out of the MacBook - put in the SSD. Buy a USB caddy for the HDD. Install a fresh copy of MacOS on the SSD and then use Migration Assistant to copy everything over from the HDD plugged into a USB port. Brings over user accounts, passwords, recent items.Used this half a dozen times over the last 6 months on various MacBooks - with no issues.Anything goes wrong - you just put the original HDD back in. When you are happy everything is as it should be then you have an external HDD to use with Time Machine or whatever.If it is a 13 inch MacBook Pro mid 2012 then I would change the HDD cable while you are inside - about £5 odd on eBay. The cables go "off" and become a bottleneck when you use a faster SSD...........The WD SSD that you linked to is fine - it is a 2.5" SATA SSD. There is a photo of an M.2 disc in front of it but the item description is for a 2.5" SATA SSD.


Thank you very much for yours and everyone’s help. My MBP is backed up using time machine to an external HDD. I wasn’t sure if it would be “plug and play” type scenario once the new SSD was inside my Mac.
Is it just a HDD cable I search for on eBay/amazon? I apologise for not being very tech minded
justonemore19/06/2020 19:25

Thank you very much for yours and everyone’s help. My MBP is backed up u …Thank you very much for yours and everyone’s help. My MBP is backed up using time machine to an external HDD. I wasn’t sure if it would be “plug and play” type scenario once the new SSD was inside my Mac. Is it just a HDD cable I search for on eBay/amazon? I apologise for not being very tech minded

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That's the cable - if you have a mid-2012 13" model.

I have changed a few - bit fiddly at the IR sensor/sleep light end of the cable but follow the instructions on ifixit.com and go to the repair guides for your model.

If you have backed up to Time Machine then just swap the drives - format the drive and install a fresh copy of MacOS either through Internet recovery or make a USB bootable copy of whatever version of MacOS you want to use. Restore the Time Machine backup and off you go.

The new cable and an SSD will transform the MacBook !
Just upgraded my windows 10 Pc this morning.
Took out old hdd and replaced with and old 240gb crucial ssd.
I backed up data to flash drives.
shut down and swapped drives.
booted up With win 10 usb plugged in while pushing F12, then boot from usb in menu.
Took under an hour including updates and the programs I wanted, plus 2 printers.
It helps having a tablet or phone at haNd to look up help if needed
I upgraded the SSD in my partners Macbook Air mid 2012 model and although it was very easy I would be very cautious about buying any old SSD. It's like one type on SSD works with one model, then they changed the interface and SSD pins, then a few years later changed it again, then again.
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