Huge Discounts on SSD Upgrades: 120GB for $80, 240GB for $155, 480GB for $350 – Today Only from Amazon!
If you’ve been holding out for SSD prices to drop into a reasonable range before upgrading a Mac to the fastest type of hard drive around, wait no longer. Today only, Amazon’s Gold Box Deals offer some of the best prices on SSD’s we’ve ever seen for their size with prices up to 65% off, and as usual with Amazon they all include free shipping:
- SanDisk Extreme SSD 120 GB SATA 2.5″ Solid State Drive – $79.99
- SanDisk Extreme SSD 240 GB SATA 2.5″ Solid State Drive – $154.99
- SanDisk Extreme SSD 480 GB SATA 2.5″ Solid State Drive – $349.99
If you’re not in the market for an SSD drive, Amazon also offers some high capacity USB flash drives at huge discounts today.
These USB keys are perfect for moving huge files around, creating Mountain Lion boot install drives, or for providing auxiliary storage capacity to smaller drived Macs like a 64GB MacBook Air.
Amazon is also blowing out high capacity SD cards for digital cameras, check the daily Gold Box Deals to see everything available.
It is possible to buy this from the UK. Just click the link and change com to co.uk and refresh. Unfortunately it isn’t quite a cheap as it is in the US :(
From product details: Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. :-(
Looks like people are having problems with this in their 2007-2011 Macbook/Pro with the Nvidia Sata Controller.
The ‘negotiated link speed’ will be 1.5 Gbps (SATA I) instead of 3 Gbps (SATA II). SanDisk hasn’t released a firmware fix yet, after knowing about it for months.
…Knowing that, I still ordered the 240gb version. I’m willing to give it a go, but I doubt a quick fix will be coming.
Do you guys think that it’ll work on a macbook pro 13″ from the end of 2010?
Yes it will definitely fit the 2.5″ drive bay. Check the comments from Amazon reviewers, they say it does work on the MacBook Pro from that year and other years too.
Only for US :(
Don’t be fooled by the transfer speeds; they are using compressed data to get those speeds, because the SandForce controller handles compressed data much more efficiently than uncompressed.
OS X does not have a habit of compressing data like Windows, so you will not see these speeds unless you go with a Marvell or Samsung controller under OS X
Very good comment indeed. Is there any document or web page on that to indicate which SSDs are compatible with macs including those controllers you mentioned ? Thanks.
Here is a wonderful article explaining how SandForce attains it’s speeds.
Here is another that demonstrates controllers that do not rely on compression technology to attain speed.
If you are putting out money to purchase something in a higher price range in an SSD; it’s prudent to understand how the controller will work effectively with OS X.
As for a list of the best SSD’s for OS X, I do not know of one personally that is kept up to date.
Thanks a lot !