Solid-state drives have no moving parts and are capable of accessing data at speeds up to 215MB per second, which is up to twice the speed of hard drives. In addition, four solid-state drives working together combine to access data at up to 750MB per second. The result? Incredible performance at a range of data-intensive tasks, including up to 2x faster ProRes video encoding using solid-state drives compared with hard drives.*
Mac Pro includes four drive bays, allowing you to configure it with up to 8 terabytes of storage using 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s drives, up to 2 terabytes of storage using high-performance solid-state drives, or any combination of each type of drive. The cable-free, direct-attach drive solution lets you install and remove drives in a snap. To install a drive, you connect a simple drive carrier to the hard drive, then just slide it into place - no cables or connectors to cause you hassle. Removing the drive is just as easy. Every Mac Pro ships with four hard drive carriers. This solution is perfect if you ever share drives among different workstations at home or the studio.
- Requires Mac Pro (Mid 2010) and Mac OS X v10.6.4 or later.
- *Testing conducted by Apple in July 2010 using preproduction Mac Pro 12-core 2.93GHz units configured with 6GB of RAM, 1TB 7200-rpm hard disk drive and 512GB solid-state drive. Content was encoded using the Compressor 3.5.2 H.264 for iPod Video 640x480 preset and Qmaster with the maximum number of instances available on each system. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of Mac Pro.
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i want to swapout my HD for a SSD. Can i install lion on a blank empty SSD? Or must i clone my old drive?
- Asked by Optimus P from Salt Lake City
I'm assuming you have a Mac Pro desktop? If so, you can follow my instructions here:
If you don't have Lion on a USB drive to install from, read this. The simple answer is yes but you have to partition the SSD drive to be a boot drive via disk utility. See below for details.
Turn off computer. Open up the side panel on computer and remove the drive sled from one of the empty bays, and slide in the new SSD Drive. After starting your computer back up, the Mac immediately recognizes it as a solid state drive and promptly asks to initialize it via disk utility. I selected one partition and named it Mac HD, and under options selected GUID partition table. Using Carbon Copy Cloner, I cloned my startup drive to the SSD Drive (Mac HD). That took about 2.5 hours. After it was done, I opened up System Preferences > Startup Disk, and selected Mac HD, then hit the Restart button in the Startup Disk preferences.
After restart, the SSD was the primary drive and I was able to repartition the old drive (or erase it) and use it for storage or Time Machine backups. …
- Answered by Thomas N from Dorchester
Will the 512GB Solid State Drive Kit originally meant for Macpro with part no. MC731ZM/A, work also with Macbook Pro 2010 and 2011 models?
- Asked by Sheeba N from Bangalore
Yes it will, it can fit your computer, if you either take out your HDD and replace it with a SSD or Replace your Optical drive with a SSD to MacBook pro converter and SSD.
ifixit.com is a awesome site, which can help you do this with guides.
I highly prefer another SSD, then this. This one is very expensive. If you do not want your warranty to get avoided, then you should take it to Apple. If you do not have any warranty, then you should do this by yourself or take it to apple or anyway or another shop. …
- Answered by Samad G
If you look at Build your own Mac Pro it says that you cannot use a SSD with the RAID card.
- Answered by Iain P from Leesburg
You can definitely feel the difference in speed. Like other people who have changed from a HDD to a SSD say: it feels like you've bought a newer macbook. Another point to consider is your SATA speed. Personally, my Macbook had SATA II with a SATA 1 HDD. Now, with this SSD, I have SATA II on both the MacBook and the SSD. So there definitely is better bandwidth and better access speed. …
- Answered by Helton G from Miami
- Asked by Mark B from Hillvue
Yep, it will work with ANY Mac Pro. TRIM Supported by default for Apple SSDs, for third-party drives , you need to edit OIAHCIBlockStorage.kext binary. Search the google. …
- Answered by Viktor D from St-petersburg