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Goodredroad Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Nov 6, 2012 12:14 AM

Im looking to buy a Solid State Drive and it will only be used to boot and run my programs and applications. I want to get a very fast one and i only have 24gb worth of applications so im thinking about 60GB when it comes to size, I dont think i will need more than that would it be better to get a larger one? But im looking for something very quick, i read online that OCZ vertex is the best solid state drive when it comes to using them as boot drives since it has a high read rate which is all that you really need when it comes to Boot drives. i was also looking at that OWC mercury electra 6g and extreme pro 6g

Thanks for all your help,


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  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,110 points)
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    Nov 6, 2012 5:54 AM (in response to Goodredroad)

    The boot drive also hold paging/swap files, so a slightly bigger one, about 100GB or so would be better.


    I have been using a 30GB, with 6.0.8, tried adding Developer Tools, and Operating got really goofy. I had to back them out because there was not enough free space on the drive.

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  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,560 points)
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    Nov 6, 2012 6:12 AM (in response to Goodredroad)

    You can read a lot of conflicting things. But I would avoid OCZ.


    Even Crucial while good you HAVE to first update the firmware. Goes for any SSD.


    Samsung (Apple uses theirs) and Intel will have high marks.


    You are not going to see 500MB/sec - your SATA2 but still good.


    128GB are $100 and sweet size and price, and even 180GB are $160 or less (and more) from Intel and Corsair (I have 2 x Intel and 7 Corsair myself, on 3-4 systems).


    SSD have a lot to know if you want but never cut it short on size. Room for BCG and TRIM, overhead, and helps to have 50% free or more. 60GB will format to 54GB probably at best. How much I/O writes in a month? plan to have that much free cell space.


    Larger means more SSD channels and performance too so there are other advantages and most reviews are done with a 240GB model. Which sell for around $200-240.


    OWC is just SandForce controller and that is all though they tend to be behind on testing or updatiing firmware they also now have Mac utility to do so probably, which can be a plus. But then Corsair I really do trust and their firmware is current.


    Even as of June this year all the SSD vendors had to work through firmware bugs and issues, incl. Intel so SSDs are not your plug and play piece of cake like mechanical drive. And speaking of which a WD 10K 250GB $100 also is a nice solid boot drive, 180MB/sec read and writes. Or 1TB WD Black is $89.


    Moving your media library and such off the boot drive is going to help no matter what you do.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,560 points)
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    Nov 6, 2012 12:49 PM (in response to Goodredroad)

    There was a simple question in there? or a story?


    There are plenty of threads and FAQs on cloning.


    MBPR have SATA3. And higher IOPS helps.


    Would you buy older technology? It doesn't support the latest standards.

  • Steven Moore Calculating status...
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    Nov 11, 2012 10:39 AM (in response to Goodredroad)

    I just installed a 128gb ssd £71 new of ebay, extra £11 for an icy dock, holds all my system, documents and applications with plenty to spare. Works great. It's a crucial m4 128gb ssd in a mac pro.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,560 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 11:02 AM (in response to Steven Moore)

    That is great, the m4, but many people didn't know or see that without the latest firmware from Crucial they would fail on their Mac Pros.

  • Steven Moore Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 11:20 AM (in response to The hatter)

    Didn't know this but I checked and it has the latest firmware whew.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,560 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 11:52 AM (in response to Steven Moore)

    I was surprised at how long it takes them to get the models out in the marketplace and refresh their line.


    Every SSD maker had trouble back in May era (Intel, Corsair, both use SF but their own firmware) as well as Crucial, and others (think Samgsung too, and OCZ).


    So even as recently as say up to first half of October they did not have current latest version.


    Data loss, unmounting all of a sudden (or ejecting) and directory of course, plagued.


    I have one SSD that I thought was safe but apparently not and needs to be updated. Very strange. Very odd to me, but with each new generation of models in SSD we go through this, and early 2011, after solving all the SSD using SATA2, started over for half the year only to be repeated in 2012?!!

  • MacPro&iPhone Calculating status...
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    Nov 14, 2012 3:12 PM (in response to Goodredroad)

    The best boot SSD for my 2009 Mac Pro is Plextor M2P 256Gb drive.  My system boots into MT Lion in 8sec. The applications launch in no time.  I am very pleased with the SSD.  I found this SSD to outperform Samsung830, Crucial M4 and Intel.  I wish the Mac Pro would finally gain the SATA3/6GBs interface. 

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,110 points)
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    Nov 20, 2012 12:49 PM (in response to Goodredroad)

    In my opinion, when you use an SSD you need to do extra steps to make sure it does not fill up with the remnants of deleted files.


    Disks of all types have always gotten in trouble when you get them nearly full. SSDs running as if they were magnetic drives do not understand when files have been deleted, and still have all that deleted data hanging around to cause congestions, slow response, and crashes.


    What I have done for a while is to consolidate free space (which has NO speedup value on its own) and then immediately ERASE free space to Zeroes, giving the drive controller back all the blocks that had been tied up with old stale deleted data.


    The other alternative available now is to use a popular third-party Utility to enable TRIM, so that the drive can be notified when blocks are freed. This has been well received, but Apple has not tested it, and if you have a problem, you are on your own for support.

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  • adrianlenghel Calculating status...
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    Dec 11, 2012 5:56 AM (in response to Goodredroad)

    Hello did some of you upgrade a mid 2012 macbook pro i5 ivy bridge with a Samsung ssd 840 ? i want to know if it's possible and if i do this upgrade it will be ok or i will have some unexpected problems with my mac

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