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mac and ssd drives

Post by buzby » Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:18 pm

i should be getting a new mac pro soon - im considering getting one with an ssd

so i know nothing about these and wondering about 2 things

- im reading a bit about the way ssd's write over files and how if not managed properly can lead to degradation of the ssd unless a TRIM function is enabled - can anyone expand on this ?

- would a 128gb ssd be big enough ? im planning on storing projects and files on an external drive - so im guessing this might be big enough

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Re: mac and ssd drives

Post by ekwipt » Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:29 pm

Newer drives have features built in similar to TRIM (I think trim is in the OS for garbage collection) newer drives now have allocations of part of the drive for this feature but perform it differently. (something along those lines).

It depends on how much you want to put on the drive, so your question is a bit relative, I have a 128gb drive n their at the moment but have had to move things around, create symbolic links for large folders (for logic as an example).

I'd recommend 256gb as its a good price/drive ratio, but 512gb if you can afford it.

Crucial M4 has good sales on at the moment, the newer Intels, Samsung are good with mac.

OCZ 4 are supposedly really fast but are pretty new

OWC has some great mac specific stuff as well.

Good luck

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Re: mac and ssd drives

Post by buzby » Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:35 pm

thanks for the quick reply ekwpit

i was just going to get an ssd from the mac store - im looking at the online order page which deals with customizing your mac
ekwipt wrote:It depends on how much you want to put on the drive, so your question is a bit relative, I have a 128gb drive n their at the moment but have had to move things around, create symbolic links for large folders (for logic as an example).
could you explain why you be had to move things around - what a symbolic link it and also the large logic folders - are they project folders or things like the sample library folders

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Re: mac and ssd drives

Post by lapieuvre » Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:04 am

Don't lose money with a Sata III (6Gb/s) SSD, because Mac Pro's Sata ports are only Sata II (3Gb/s). Remember those Mac Pro's are outdated.

Get a Sata II SSD, it will be cheaper.
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Re: mac and ssd drives

Post by fishmonkey » Sat Jul 14, 2012 6:16 am

lapieuvre wrote:Don't lose money with a Sata III (6Gb/s) SSD, because Mac Pro's Sata ports are only Sata II (3Gb/s). Remember those Mac Pro's are outdated.

Get a Sata II SSD, it will be cheaper.
or you can get an aftermarket PCIe SATA 6gb/s SSD instead...

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Re: mac and ssd drives

Post by LeoPanda » Sat Jul 14, 2012 1:38 pm

Recently upgraded my previous gen MacBook pro hard drive to an ssd. 128gb will be fine if you going to keep applications and OSX on it only. If you are going to get one of the new MacBook pros with the retina display, they come with a 256gb ssd built in.

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Re: mac and ssd drives

Post by lapieuvre » Sat Jul 14, 2012 1:58 pm

fishmonkey wrote:
lapieuvre wrote:Don't lose money with a Sata III (6Gb/s) SSD, because Mac Pro's Sata ports are only Sata II (3Gb/s). Remember those Mac Pro's are outdated.

Get a Sata II SSD, it will be cheaper.
or you can get an aftermarket PCIe SATA 6gb/s SSD instead...
Can you explain? Went this way before and found no solution: hoped for PCIe w/ eSata, but no enclosure support 6Gb/s. All the SSD drives that are PCIe don't have drivers for Mac (Fusion IO, OCZ)

Can you sugest a product?

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Re: mac and ssd drives

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Re: mac and ssd drives

Post by xzusa8ky » Sat Jul 14, 2012 7:41 pm

128 should be enough, got that myself. Will be updating all my disc in the future. 8)
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Re: mac and ssd drives

Post by lapieuvre » Sun Jul 15, 2012 2:39 am

This is nice!
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Re: mac and ssd drives

Post by buzby » Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:47 am

thanks for the help

i think i will be just running apps and osx on it - the retina come with a 256 flash card as far as i can see ...

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Re: mac and ssd drives

Post by fishmonkey » Sun Jul 15, 2012 10:27 am

errr, you know a Mac Pro is the tower right?

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Re: mac and ssd drives

Post by buzby » Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:51 am

so sorry - i ve just read my opening thread - mac book pro :oops:
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Re: mac and ssd drives

Post by lapieuvre » Sun Jul 15, 2012 1:38 pm

buzby wrote:so sorry - i ve just read my opening thread - mac book pro :oops:
Ah! Well it made me discover the PCIe SSD drive, thanks!
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Re: mac and ssd drives

Post by buzby » Sun Jul 15, 2012 2:51 pm

haha - glad something good came from the thread :)
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