Upgrading 2009 Mac Pro Hardware

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by rodedwards, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. rodedwards macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2010
    Hi !

    I have a 2009 Dual Quad Core Mac Pro with 32Gb Ram running Mountain Lion 10.8.

    I'd like to upgrade my main internal hard drive (bay 1) with a fast SSD but I need 1 Tb capacity. I use the other three drive bays with 7200rpm hard drives.

    A 1Tb SSD is really expensive and i wonder if it's likely that anyone (inc Apple) will make a compatible 1Tb hybrid / fusion drive sometime soon ? Would it be likely to work with my 2009 Mac Pro ?

    Also ... I'd love to have Thunderbolt or USB 3. Does anyone know of a PCI card that works with my Mac Pro ?

    I think there's life in the old Mac yet if i can spend a bit of cash on upgrades.

  2. TonyK macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2009
    Can we ask why 1TB is needed? You could install a smaller SSD and have it host the OS and application folders and put the User folders on a different drive.
  3. rodedwards, Jan 24, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2013

    rodedwards thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2010
    Upgrading 2009 Mac Pro Hardware

    Hi TonyK !

    Sure ... the reason i want to have a 1Tb drive in bay 1 (Macintosh HD) is because i use about 250Gb on apps and library and i also shoot video, photos and raw hdr timelapse.

    This sometimes takes up a huuuuuuuge chunk of space on my desktop !

    I have an extra 1Tb external drive that i use for Time Machine back up for my main bay one disk.

    I hold lots of data on the other three disks and back all of it up to a 12Gb Drobo as and when i need to.

    A 1Tb fusion drive in bay one seems like an ideal solution !

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  4. rodedwards thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2010
    SSHD / Hybrid Drives

    Ahhh .... after a bit of research, it seems that several Hard Drive manufacturers are soon to be making SSHD - a combo of SSD and large capacity HD.

    Western Digital have announced a 24Gb SSD and 1Tb HD in one drive - expected to not be much more expensive than a a standard 1Tb 7200 rpm HD. Seems like this is the answer ...


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