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Model A1181: 1.83, 2, 2.1, 2.13, 2.16, 2.2, or 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo processor

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What SSD is suitable for early 2008 MacBook white?

Hi, I would like to replace my early 2008 macbook white HDD with an SSD, or replace my optical drive with an SSD. What would be the best road to take and what type of SSD is rceommended? I know that the early 2008 MB white has a SATA I connection, but I have already replaced the original HDD with a SATA II Scorpio Blue 500 GB HDD and it works like a charm. I therefore assume that I could also go with a SATA II SSD, but I have difficulty finding info on what SSD types/brands to use as most info is on the newer unibody models and MBPs. What is your take ion this and is there already an ifixit installation manual? Cheers

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I'm guessing this is your machine, please give the last the figures of your serial number for exact identification.:

Apple MacBook "Core 2 Duo" 2.1 13" (White-08) Specs

Identifiers: Early 2008 - MB402LL/A* - MacBook4,1 - A1181 - 2242

If this is your machine, you will need an optical bay adapter: [связанный продукт отсутствует или отключен: IF107-078]

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Thank you mayer, that's right, it's a Core 2 Duo 2.1 13" A1181 Macbook. It seems that I could use the optical bay SATA HD enclosure. Do you also recommend a specific brand or type of SSD for the Macbook? The optical bay is called "SATA" enclosure, but does it also fit SATA 2 type SSDs?


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Sorry for the confusion, never replaced the hdd on my own before.

While obleijerveld asked for a certain model, I now can recommend the Samsung 470 Series SSD (model MZ-5PA128A), which I am using since yesterday (replaced it with my old HD with the help the ifixit hd replacement guide). I bought the 128 GB model, it has SATA II (3Gbps) but runs fine on the SATA controller in my MacBook (SATA I), just a little slower. Read Speed feels superb, while write speed for large files seems to be slow. So if you're looking for a certain model that works, that it is. Restarts Mac OS X in 15 seconds.

Sorry again for the confusion.


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Hello Todde, is this the correct HD that you are suggesting? i am a little bit confused. Thanks https://www.amazon.es/dp/B00LF10L02?tag=...


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Have Corsair FORCE3 240Gb SSD in Macbook White early 2008 (2.4GHz). It is SATA3 but it is working great as SATA1. Before had OCZ Agile3 128GB and all was OK.

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For your information, I have used the SanDisk Extreme 240G for Black Macbook 2008.

It runs nicely, boot up & shut down are very fast. I also installed Windows using bootcamp (divided 120G for each OS). I recommend clean installations for both OS.

Tips: if you use SanDisk Extreme 240G, I recommend updating the latest firmware prior to installing any OS.

Sandisk website:


I have used iFixit instructions to replace the inverter cable successfully.

Love the instructions

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