8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 22, 2012 12:19 PM by Christophe Smith
john from palm harbor Level 1 (30 points)

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