Awesomly cheap SSDs for older Macs

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Michael Anthony, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. Michael Anthony macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2012
    Specs: SATA II, 2.5″ form factor, MLC technology. (PATA also available)
    32GB: $39.00 (prices in Australian dollars)
    64GB: $58.00
    128GB: $115.00


    I wanted to stick a cheap SSD in an old 2005 iMac I had lying around, since I was so impressed with the improvement in performance in everything else I’d stuck an SSD in. I didn’t need very much storage capacity at all, I really only needed enough for the operating system, a few programs, a few 64kbit/sec MP3s, a movie or two… I figured 32GB was all I needed. This iMac is not a main computer of mine, it sits out in the home gym for a bit of music, web browsing, movies, etc. I wanted speed and didn't need capacity.

    I hopped on eBay, eventually settled on one that seemed quite common. Brand name is “KingSpec”, never heard of them before, but at $39, I figured it was a worthwhile gamble. Turns out I was correct; I installed it in the iMac, taped it in place (I’m apparently too cool for things like mounting brackets), cloned the system back over, and it all worked perfectly. Despite the SATA I limitation of the old iMac, sustained read speeds were hitting a consistent 130MB/second. That matches the high end SSDs I’ve got in other computers that are also bottlenecked by SATA I.

    Anyway, that KingSpec drive has performed flawlessly for the six or so weeks I’ve had it. Performance is still just as good, and 75% of the drive has been used.

    How to find them:

    Search on eBay for “KingSpec SATA SSD 64GB”, without the quotation marks, and substituting the 64 for however many GB of storage you want. If I remember correctly, there were also 16GB drives going for about $29, and 256GB ones, but the 256GB drives were actually slightly more expensive than the same capacity OWC Mercury SSD I have.
  2. rjcalifornia macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2012
    El Salvador
    Interesting, I want to change my ibook G4 hard drive. I am looking for the SSD for security and speed.

    I mean HDD fail and SSD seems to be more resistant to accidents...
  3. SuperJudge macrumors 6502


    Apr 2, 2008
    The Triangle, NC
    That's sort of true, but also bear in mind that all SSD failures are catastrophic with a chance of recovery approaching zero. Of course, a good back up is always absolutely, 100% essential.

    However, when talking about damage from shock? Forget about it. I've been exceedingly happy moving to laptops equipped with SSDs.

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