Recommended portable SSD drive to boot from

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  1. mangucha macrumors newbie

    mangucha

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    Hello, could anybody recommend me which brand/model would be ideal to run latest mac os? I'm not looking for anything more than 500GB max... Thank you!
     
  2. afallnstar macrumors member

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    I second the Samsung T3 drive, alternatively, I've also had good luck with the G-Technology G-Drive slim SSD
     
  3. ZapNZs macrumors 68020

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    I like the Samsung 850 PRO in its own enclosure, as I personally prefer MLC NAND over TLC. I also really like the Transcend 370, as it's an MLC drive priced competitively with some TLC drives.
     
  4. mangucha, Feb 27, 2017
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    mangucha thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So just to understand, you're recommending the T3 and the 850pro to *use them as startup disk* running mac OS 10.10+ right? I'm assuming you have experience using them like so...
    Since I read the driver from Samsung and it's login with password are a nuisance that's why I need to make sure... ^_^

    Thank you very much!
     
  5. ZapNZs macrumors 68020

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    Yes, I keep bootable versions of OS X, as well as Windows, Mac, and Linux virtual machines on my 850 Pros. I like the 850 Pro because it is arguably a golden standard of the consumer SATA SSD on the market, between performance, reliability, longevity (at least several petabytes of writes), user reviews, and a 10 year warranty. If you are using a Mac that has USB 3.0 (instead of USB 3.1 gen2), it is worth noting that the drive will usually saturate the available bandwidth, especially if you are using other USB 3 devices, and you may need to use ThunderBolt to fully capitalize on the max read/write speeds.

    I do not have first hand experience with the T3.
     
  6. mangucha thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok great. thanks a lot and i'll check it out.

    i still wonder about the T3...

    cheers!
     
  7. mangucha thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your answer. Just to clarify, you've had experience using the Samsung T3 as a startup disk running Mac OS 10.10+ right? I read that there were issues with the driver/password software from Samsung on the T1 but I haven't found anything regarding the T3, that's why I need to make sure :)

    Cheers!
     
  8. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    Yes, it works fine.
    See this thread were other forum members were able to boot their Mac using the T3:
    https://forums.macrumors.com/thread...allation-on-samsung-t3.2034550/#post-24352192
     
  9. mangucha thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Great, so you didn't have problems with Samsung's driver or login password when installing and running Mac OS on it?
    Thanks! :)
    --- Post Merged, Feb 28, 2017 ---
    Excellent, that was exactly what I was looking for! I had made a search on the forums before posting but didn't find it... Thanks a lot again ^_^
     
  10. estabya macrumors 6502

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  11. afallnstar macrumors member

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    That's correct, no issues!
     
  12. mangucha thread starter macrumors newbie

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  13. afallnstar macrumors member

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    The size is well worth the premium -- let me know if you have any other questions!
     

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