SSD Upgrade for the Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch and 15-inch, Mid 2012) Laptop/Notebook

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Your MacBook Pro (13-inch and 15-inch, Mid 2012) System Specs

System specs as shipped by the manufacturer.
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DDR3 PC3-12800

Memory Type: DDR3 PC3-12800, DDR3 (non-ECC)
Maximum Memory: 16GB
Slots: 2

13" system processors: 2.5GHz Dual Core Intel Core i5 or 2.9GHz Dual Core Intel Core i7 processor. 15" system processors: 2.3GHz Quad Core Intel Core i7, 2.6GHz Quad Core Intel Core i7, or 2.7GHz Intel Core i7 processor.

Memory or DRAM is the "working" memory of the computer. It's used to store data for programs (sequences of instructions) on a temporary basis.

video - installing memory



Storage Drives -- hard drives and solid state drives -- are the permanent memory for the programs and documents on your computer.

Data Transfer Rate is the rate at which data can be sent or received. This is determined by your motherboard. A drive with a higher transfer rate will only run at the rate of the motherboard's transfer rate.

Cache is a type of working memory that allows the drive to perform faster.

RPM is the rotations per minute of a hard drive which effects the speed of data transfer.

Solid State Drives are non-moving memory, so access speed is instant.

Crucial M500 960GB 2.5-inch Internal SSD

Crucial M500 960GB 2.5-inch Internal SSD
Part Number: CT3901067
  • Transformative performance: dramatically faster than a hard drive
  • 7mm drive; includes 9.5mm adapter bracket
  • Three-year limited warranty
Guaranteed-compatible with the Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch and 15-inch, Mid 2012)

Transform your system's performance.
Dramatically faster than a hard drive, the Crucial M500 SSD isn't just a storage upgrade - it's a complete system transformation. Designed to keep your system up to speed with today's multitasking demands that often require instant and simultaneous use of apps, websites, downloads, work files and more, the Crucial M500 delivers nearly instant boot times, powerful data transfer speeds, increased multitasking capability, and rock-solid reliability - all at an affordable price. The Crucial M500 also includes top-level encryption technology to keep your data safe and is available in capacities up to terabyte-class. Built on proven quality, the Crucial M500 SSD has passed hundreds of SSD quality tests and over a thousand hours of prerelease validation testing. Don't settle for anything less.

Product Highlights

  • Ample storage: available in capacities of 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB†
  • Includes top-level hardware encryption technology
  • Advanced controller technology and Micron custom firmware
  • Extensive quality and reliability testing built into every drive
  • Compatible with PC and Mac® systems

†1 GB = 1 billion bytes. Actual usable capacity may vary.

Micron® Quality - As a brand of Micron, one of the largest NAND manufacturers in the world, Crucial SSDs are designed and developed in-house with the latest technology. This means four things: hundreds of SSD qualification tests, over a thousand hours of prerelease validation testing, 1.5 billion dollars invested in R&D, and more than 30 years of industry expertise.

Adaptive Thermal Protection - Greater thermal management enables the Crucial M500 to work with the host computer to dynamically adjust power consumption based on usage demands, which helps address the cooling challenges of ultra-small, thermally constrained systems.

Hardware Data Encryption - The Crucial M500 SSD offers top-level hardware-based encryption, enabling enhanced data security. Our AES 256-bit hardware encryption engine and TCG Opal 2.0 compliant firmware allow the drive to operate at full speed without the performance loss that's typically found in drives that use software-based encryption technology.

Three Year Limited Warranty - From prerelease validation testing to ensure that our SSDs work with the broadest range of chipsets, motherboards, and operating systems to more than a thousand hours of endurance testing, our drives are tested for reliability from start to finish. We proudly offer a three-year limited warranty and award-winning tech support.

Capacity (Unformatted): 960GB
Interface: SATA 6Gb/s (SATA 3GB/s compatible)
Sustained Sequential Read up to (128k transfer): 500MB/s
Sustained Sequential Write up to (128k transfer): 400MB/s
Random Read up to (4k transfer): 80,000 IOPS
Random Write up to (4k transfer): 80,000 IOPS
Form Factor: 2.5-inch
NAND: 20nm Micron MLC NND
Life Expectancy: 1.2 million hours mean time to failure (MTTF)
Endurance: 72TB total bytes written (TBW), equal to 40GB per day for 5 years
Operating Temperature: 0°C to 70°C
Firmware: Field upgradable firmware
Product Health Monitoring: Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) commands


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Worked perfectly w/my 2012 Mac PowerBook

By Jack Spann

from New York New York

Verified Buyer



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        I ordered this SSD with some trepidations. I use my Mac Powerbook for music purposes. Software- Pro Tools 10, Logic Audio 9.1.7, Waves Platinum Plug Ins, Celemony, Komplete 9, Vienna Soundworks, lots of plug ins that are password, code, or USB dongle-protected. I had a friend actually help me with cloning my old 750 gig drive to the new SSD 960 drive, and everything worked like a charm! I had to point Komplete to the new drive location for files, otherwise, no problem, computer works just like before, BUT with a lot more speed, quieter, not as hot, and absolutely no stuttering audio, no latency problems, no drop outs like I would sometimes experience while running a lot of apps at once. Couldn't be happier!

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        By M2

        from Seattle, WA

        Verified Buyer


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          Best Uses

          • MacBook pro upgrade
          • Music Production

          I was hearing pops and crackles in Ableton when track counts got too high. I replaced the stock drive in my mid-2012 Macbook Pro with the 960g Crucial SSD and Ableton is much better behaved now. I also got USB3 drive holder and plopped the original drive in it.

          I had the Mac Store folks in Seattle install it for me and they did a good job. Haven't had the drive long, but so far so good.

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