MacBook 5,1 - RAID risks?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by henchr, May 4, 2016.

  1. henchr macrumors newbie


    Mar 20, 2015
    Hi there!

    I've got a late 2008 Macbook, my old trusty workhorse, with two internal SSD's (Samsung and SanDisk). I usually don't run it through any hard usage anymore, except for light Photoshop work and web-browsing, but looking into ways to upgrade it even further. I've been tinkering with the thought of setting up a striped RAID solution to boost performance. Although, I have a few qualms on whether or not I should do it. It being two quite safe SSD's in terms of performance; I'm not really too worried about drive failure - though should I? Does the fact that I'm still using the old model 5,1 in any way affect the likelihood of a failure? And definitely, is it worth the risk? As of now, it's running faster than with the old 7800rpm stock harddrive, but not as fast as I'd like it to be. Any tips and tricks will be greatly appreciated.

    Before RAM gets mentioned, it's maxed out at 8GB.
  2. DaKKs, May 4, 2016
    Last edited: May 4, 2016

    DaKKs macrumors 6502

    Aug 15, 2012
    Stockholm, Sweden
    I ran raid for about a year before i needed one of the ssds and ripped it out. It was in a mb7,1 btw.

    One of the drives is now in my desktop and its still rock solid even though i probably tortured the hell out of it. I dont think drive lifespan is an issue, and i honestly dont remember if the this applies to the 5,1, but i know some Macbooks have slower speeds on the ODD (dvd drive) sata port. Cant recall if this was a software issue or a hardware issue but i remember reading about it when i had a 5.2. Keep in mind this was years ago and i have mostly abandoned macs nowadays so my memory is kinda foggy.

    I recently ordered two cheap 120gb ssd and i'm gonna raid my MB7,1 again as that is my last mac ever andni need apple ecosystem compatibility for as long as possible. We'll se how well it does with two 25 quid ssds compared to two 150 quid ones...

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