Recommendation for ssd for mid-2010 MacPro

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  1. bravocharlie macrumors newbie

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    i want to get my bf a ssd for his mid-2010 Mac Pro, but I have No idea what to go by. Also, do I need to get a mount for it?

    Thx in advance!
     
  2. VCMSound macrumors newbie

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    I've had good luck with both Crucial and Samsung models–you can find good deals on them on Amazon. Get him at least a 500Gb, which should be enough to accommodate the OS and applications on his boot drive; if he has data on the same drive, he should move it to a second drive–the Mac Pro has four drive bays, so shouldn't be a problem. As for a mount, yes, you will need one–here is a link for what you'll need to get.
    https://eshop.macsales.com/item/NewerTech/ADPTADRV/

    and here's a link for the Crucial drive–this is what I use in my Mac Pro–has been a good drive!
    https://www.amazon.com/Crucial-MX30...TF8&qid=1480760438&sr=1-2&keywords=500+gb+ssd

    Hope this helps!
     
  3. h9826790 macrumors G4

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    A good balanced option (by considering price, size, speed for general use, easy to install, trouble free…) is the Samsung 850 Evo. Just buy the normal 2.5" SATA model in whatever size you need, plug that into the lower optical bay's SATA port, no mount, nothing, just leave it there. And then the Mac is good to go.
     
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  6. kschendel macrumors 6502a

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    The Mushkin Reactor is a good drive as well, and tends to be value priced. I installed mine directly into an unused drive port using one of the Icy Dock adaptors. As stated above, you don't absolutely need the drive mount but it makes the installation a bit more stable.

    There seem to be a lot of reports of early failure with the Mushkins, but I've had no trouble with my sample of two, and at least some of the online review sites continue to recommend the brand. So I don't know if there was really a problem or if it's just trolling.
     
  7. costabunny macrumors 68020

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    Personally I went with an inexpensive x4 PCIe card and a Samsung 951 M.2 512Gb - Blisteringly fast performance (2200MB/s read & 1200MB/s write) compared to a SATA one that will only run at SATA2 speeds in a Mac Pro (266MB/s read/write max)

    Depends what he does with it - if he uses a lot of large files (Music production, video editing etc then the x4 PCIe is the best; otherwise in real world you wont notice a lot just using the cheaper SATA2 option).
     
  8. steveOooo macrumors 6502a

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    I got one from owc and it sits in my spare 2.5" super drive slot - bought it in 2011 and still works fine!

    I have a 128Gb ssd linked up to a 2tb wd green 3.5" spinning disc - basically a fusion drive set up. Superb quickness, even file transfers seem quick despite I think the greens 5400 rpm
     

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