Upgrade Mac Pro Mid 2010 SSD

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by mimalot, May 8, 2019.

  1. mimalot macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2019
    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 But I often buy on Alibaba Express and there it isn't always clear what brand the SSD's were originally made for.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

    May 14, 2008
    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
    Last edited: May 8, 2019

    solaris8x86 macrumors member


    Nov 24, 2007
    Take a look. Specifically for multimedia home Mac.


    or (if you can afford (better))

    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


    Nov 23, 2012
    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:


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    BTW, the Samsung 850 Pro has been replaced by the 860 Pro.

  5. crjackson2134 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2013
    Charlotte, NC
    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


    Nov 24, 2007
    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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