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Which SSD for my MacPro 1,1 Dual core 2.66Ghz?

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Am looking to buy a SSD and need just a bit of help selecting one that is the right size and speed.

Am not a power user, and do not do any music, graphic, or video editing, but I'm just wanting to get best (better?)general speed-up for my computer.

All my of system, apps, libraries, and documents (everything) are on my boot drive.


I'm looking at a OWC Mercury Electra 6G 120GB SSD for $200.


Compared to my existing system is it:

  1. Fast enough?
  2. Overkill?
  3. Can I do this cheaper?

Am figuring on putting EVERYTHING on the new SSD for maximum speed, and cloning it to my two bootable internal drives for back up.

Any problem with that logic?


Looking for best bang for the buck, for a limited budget.


Thanks for any advice!





This is my current setup:

  Mac pro with the following specs:

  Model Identifier:    MacPro1,1

  Processor Name:    Dual-Core Intel Xeon

  Processor Speed:    2.66 GHz

  Number Of Processors:    2

  Total Number Of Cores:    4

  L2 Cache (per processor):    4 MB

  Memory:    8 GB

  Bus Speed:    1.33 GHz

  Boot ROM Version:    MP11.005C.B08


My boot drive is:

500 GB Hitachi

  Capacity:    500.11 GB (500,107,862,016 bytes)

  Model:    Hitachi HDS725XXXXLA360                

  Revision:    K2ABCP0A

  Serial Number:          KRVN2XXXXE8HUH

  Native Command Queuing:    Yes

  Queue Depth:    32

  Removable Media:    No

  Detachable Drive:    No

  BSD Name:    disk1

  Medium Type:    Rotational

  Bay Name:    Bay 2

  Partition Map Type:    GPT (GUID Partition Table)

  S.M.A.R.T. status:    Verified


I have another IDENTICAL  drive that is updated nightly as a CLONE of my boot , via Carbon Copy,

I also have an external FW 250 GB that is also nightly updated as a clone of my boot drive.


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Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.7), 8 meg ram- two 500 Gig drives
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (220,950 points)

    Using that model in my 2006 MP. Works quite well and is sufficiently fast.

  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)

    I have the older OWC 3G 120GB in my mac pro.  I keep only the system and my key apps on it with my home dir on one of my 2TB hdd's.  I also use another 120GB partition on another internal hdd to backup my boot drive and yet another partition on that same backup drive for the drive containing my home dir.  I also have a similar backup drive on external firewire kept offline except when needed for backups. 


    So the only comments I have on what you are proposing is to only allocate 120GB of that 500GB to back up your boot drive.  Why waste the rest?  Use it for something else.   As for that other drive I would recommend you use it for external backup.  Stick it in an enclosure (can also get them from OWC) and you're good to go.  Of course these days you can also get 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB drives to stick in enclosures or internals too.



    Just reread you post and see you already have an external 250 for boot drive backups so your scement resembles what I do.  Good.  But of course you only would need 120GB of it for a boot backup with the 120GB ssd.

    2010 3.33GHz 6-core Mac Pro (5,1), 5870, 24GB, 27" ACD, OS X 10.6.5
  • Christophe Smith Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Is it worthwhile to use a OWC 6G SSD drive when the controller on your MacPro is 3G ?


    I  novice in computors.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,535 points)

    yes and no.


    size of SSD matters: more channels

    improved design and firmware

    if you do buy CallDigit 6G or a system with SATA3

  • Christophe Smith Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Dear Hatter,

    Thanks for your response.

    I was thinking of upgrading  my mac pro Serial Nr. CK******UPZ  like "palm harbor" above . Not using the SSD as an external drive but as an internal drive with OSX 10.6.8 sytem on it and my user accounts on an other regular HD in the second bay.


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  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,535 points)

    pls never post ser no


    So just get a top tier 240GB if you can afford it.


    You can leave your home folder but relocate your data and media files - the "home folder library" gets a lot of I/O and therefore benefiits from being on SSD. Think of all the junk files web browsers deposit or that the system is reading from there constantly, literally.


    I don't see a real price difference. I do see larger models with 16 channels vs 8.

    And who is manufacturing 18 month old technology still? really?

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (220,950 points)

    Not really because the Mac Pro only supports 3.0 Gb/s drives. Although 6G drives will probably work they will only work at 3G speed, so why spend the extra money?

  • Christophe Smith Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Apr 22, 2012 12:19 PM (in response to Kappy)

    Thank you for the information that is what I thought a 6G SSD would run as a 3G on my model.

    Sorry I did not know that about the S # .

    I have the two 3.0GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors version of this mac pro:

    It has four accounts on it, mine and 3 children's.

    So if I understand correctly I would leave my home folder and theirs on the SSD drive and relocate everyone's

    media and data files on a normal HD in bay 2 ?


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