Upgrade Mac Pro Mid 2010 SSD

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  1. mimalot macrumors newbie

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    Hey I have a few questions about an SSD upgrade for my Mid-2010 Mac Pro. I mainly use it for Video Editing, Rendering and Music Production. So far it runs the programms and the Data Storage on HDD Drives but it is getting a bit slow.
    I have been researching a lot and many people advise to the Samsung 850pro. But I often buy on Alibaba Express and there it isn't always clear what brand the SSD's were originally made for.

    Can I use any SSD 2.5 Sata III for a Mac Pro update? Or if not - what specific qualifications have to be met in order for it to work? How can I see what SSD's work and which not? It is really a mystery to me!
    And it would still be interesting to know what SSD's (brand names) are good for Data Storage and for the System load!

    Also I am also wondering if SSD's for mac are really mac specific or if they later could be taken out and inserted into a Windows computer?

    Thank you very much in advance!
     
  2. MarkC426 macrumors 6502a

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    Samsung evo’s and pros are all good.
    You can either put them in a sata bay with a drive sled (seperate purchase)
    Or for more speed (depending on your os version) m2 ssd on a pcie card.
    There is a huge thread on this, which tells you which blades/adapters to use.
    A 2.5 ssd is not mac specific, it goes in and you format it to suit.
     
  3. solaris8x86, May 8, 2019
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    solaris8x86 macrumors member

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    Take a look. Specifically for multimedia home Mac.

    https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/PCIe/OWC/Mercury-Accelsior/S-Carrier
    +
    https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/OWC/Mercury_6G/

    or (if you can afford (better))
    https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/PCIe/OWC/Mercury_Accelsior/RAID
    https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/ssd/owc-mercury-accelsior-pro-q


    For enterprise multimedia Mac. These are not ok. You need a dedicated I/O controller or a newer Mac model comes with thunderbolt interface and its storage system.
     
  4. flowrider macrumors 603

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    For a primary SSD I would not use a 2.5" SSD. I would use an NVMe blade. Every thing you would want to know is here:

    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/blade-ssds-nvme-ahci.2146725/

    With that being said, my cMP has 7 internal SSDs, 3 Samsung blades and 4 2.5" Samsung SSDs for storage.

    BTW, the Samsung 850 Pro has been replaced by the 860 Pro.

    Lou
     
  5. crjackson2134 macrumors 601

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    Also, many here will advise you steer clear of OWC brand SSD’s due to many bad experiences. They have a spotty reputation with many users.
     
  6. solaris8x86 macrumors member

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    Oh I see. I don't even use any of them. Their location is too far from me... I bought a mouse from them 10 years ago btw.
     

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