SSD Upgrade for the Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011) Laptop/Notebook

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device type: notebook

Your MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011) System Specs

System specs as shipped by the manufacturer.
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DDR3 PC3-10600

Memory Type: DDR3 PC3-10600, DDR3 (non-ECC)
Maximum Memory: 16GB
Slots: 2

This 13" system may utilize one of the following processors: 2.3GHz Dual Core Intel Core i5 or 2.7GHz Dual Core 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 240GB 2.5-inch Internal SSD

Crucial M500 240GB 2.5-inch Internal SSD
Part Number: CT3806861
  • 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, Early 2011)

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): 240GB
Interface: SATA 6Gb/s (SATA 3GB/s compatible)
Sustained Sequential Read up to (128k transfer): 500MB/s
Sustained Sequential Write up to (128k transfer): 250MB/s
Random Read up to (4k transfer): 72,000 IOPS
Random Write up to (4k transfer): 60,000 IOPS
Form Factor: 2.5-inch, m-SATA, and M.2
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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        Best Upgrade Ever

        By Dr. Lowbrow

        from Long Beach, CA

        Verified Buyer


        • Easy To Install
        • Fast


        • none

        Best Uses

          Makes my laptop feel like the Concord flying over the pond!

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          • No

          Easy Upgrade and Install

          By DIY-er

          from Durango, CO

          Verified Reviewer


          • Quiet
          • Reliable
          • Solid


          • none

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          • Macbook Pro

          I purchased this to replace my 500GB HDD. The install was quick and easy, under 10 minutes. The only part that took awhile was cloning the HDD to my SSD. Performance has improved and boot up time is reduced. I have 8GB of RAM that I ordered over a year ago from Crucial. Couldn't be happier with their products.
          Now I have to wait and see if my battery life increases.

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          Very good, high quality product

          By Jim

          from New Canaan, Connecticut

          Verified Buyer



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                I bought this product because my old hard drive on my computer (Mac) was too slow and noisy. So I installed this SSD. After a few minor problems that I easily corrected, it worked perfectly. I am not a computer expert, and installing it was so easy. My computer would take around 30 seconds to boot up, and now with the SSD it takes about 10. It greatly increased the performance of my computer. Also, I used to hear that whirring noise, which was the hard drive disc spinning, but now my computer is silent (except for the fan, which you can hardly hear anyways). I am very satisfied with my purchase.

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