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What's the preferred SSD for upgrading a 2009 Mac Pro?
Posted by: timg
Date: April 02, 2019 03:08PM
Is there one? or just go cheap?



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Re: What's the preferred SSD for upgrading a 2009 Mac Pro?
Posted by: JoeH
Date: April 02, 2019 03:26PM
NVM - why did I read that as iMac?



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Re: What's the preferred SSD for upgrading a 2009 Mac Pro?
Posted by: jdc
Date: April 02, 2019 03:26PM
assuming you mean 2.5" SSD and arent looking for bleeding edge... then cheap is OK in my book.

That said, another $10-20 can move you from "cheap" to "nice" easily.

If you want more, then there other options.. SATA III PCIe cards, or PCIe NVME drives -- either in single or RAID configs...



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Re: What's the preferred SSD for upgrading a 2009 Mac Pro?
Posted by: hal
Date: April 02, 2019 03:28PM
some have 5 year warranties - I'd certainly be looking at that
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Re: What's the preferred SSD for upgrading a 2009 Mac Pro?
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: April 02, 2019 03:35PM
I like the offerings from OWC, along with the aforementioned sensor kit.



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Re: What's the preferred SSD for upgrading a 2009 Mac Pro?
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: April 02, 2019 03:36PM
My MP has an OWC SSD. It is the only brand SSD I buy.



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Re: What's the preferred SSD for upgrading a 2009 Mac Pro?
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: April 02, 2019 05:03PM
Just remember the '09 MP only has a SATA-II bus.
Only 'brand name' SSD model I've read bad reviews on is the SanDisk PLUS series.
Either go with a SATA III PCIe card or spend more and go to PCIe NVME.
I used the now discontinued APRICORN VEL-SOLO-X2 PCIe SSD card which
holds 1 SSD & has a second SATA-III port to which I connected a 4TB 7200 HDD.

If I were to go with a PCIe card now, it would be the Sonnet Tempo TSATA6-SSD-E2
which holds two SATAIII SSDs. $90 shipped @ BH Photo.

OWC has a card but it's only for one SSD. $48+shipping



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Re: What's the preferred SSD for upgrading a 2009 Mac Pro?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: April 02, 2019 07:03PM
First of all, I'd upgrade to the latest firmware, which I think requires installing Mojave, or maybe only High Sierra. Google around to get the info. You need to be at BootROM 140.0.0.0.0

Then I'd buy a PCI-E carrier board for an NVME SSD.

Cheapest usable carrier:
[www.amazon.com]

There are others that are a bait better at heat dispersion for maybe $50.

Take a look at the first post here for SSDs:
[forums.macrumors.com]

I think the Intel and the HP are best value for money, especially the 2TB Intel when it's on sale.

Any of the NVME's are maybe 3X faster than a SATA SSD, generally.

It would be a waste, IMHO, to get a SATA SSD instead of an NVME.
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Re: What's the preferred SSD for upgrading a 2009 Mac Pro?
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: April 02, 2019 07:28PM
If you need to run anything other than High Sierra or Mojave, NVME may not be the best bet.



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Re: What's the preferred SSD for upgrading a 2009 Mac Pro?
Posted by: Gareth
Date: April 02, 2019 07:33PM
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ka jowct
If you need to run anything other than High Sierra or Mojave, NVME may not be the best bet.

To clarify, an NVME SSD will ONLY run in High Sierra and above. If you're running something older, you'll need something else. You can still run a PCIe based SSD on an older OS, but it'll have to be NGFF.
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Re: What's the preferred SSD for upgrading a 2009 Mac Pro?
Posted by: AllGold
Date: April 02, 2019 08:20PM
If you're going to install it in an existing SATA drive bay, just go cheap. If you're going to get a PCIe card for it then spend an extra $25.

I'm not really on the NVME bandwagon for a machine that old.



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Re: What's the preferred SSD for upgrading a 2009 Mac Pro?
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: April 02, 2019 08:36PM
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Gareth
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ka jowct
If you need to run anything other than High Sierra or Mojave, NVME may not be the best bet.

To clarify, an NVME SSD will ONLY run in High Sierra and above. If you're running something older, you'll need something else. You can still run a PCIe based SSD on an older OS, but it'll have to be NGFF.

To clarify, a 2009 Mac Pro tops off at El Capitan.

Cheap is fine for that Mac. Not worth the extra money for a fast high-end SSD if you won't get the full speed out of it and not worth putting a lot of dough into a 2009.

...But I'd splurge on a Newer AdaptaDrive to get it on a drive-sled. I just LIKE those things.



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Re: What's the preferred SSD for upgrading a 2009 Mac Pro?
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: April 02, 2019 09:05PM
To clarify, a 2009 Mac Pro tops off at El Capitan.
Unless you update the firmware to 5,1.





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Re: What's the preferred SSD for upgrading a 2009 Mac Pro?
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: April 02, 2019 09:25PM
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MrNoBody
To clarify, a 2009 Mac Pro tops off at El Capitan.
Unless you update the firmware to 5,1.[/img]

...Which is a hack.



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Re: What's the preferred SSD for upgrading a 2009 Mac Pro?
Posted by: timg
Date: April 02, 2019 09:27PM
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Sarcany
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MrNoBody
To clarify, a 2009 Mac Pro tops off at El Capitan.
Unless you update the firmware to 5,1.[/img]

...Which is a hack.

Then call me a hack. Ultimately, I want to upgrade this to Mojave.



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Re: What's the preferred SSD for upgrading a 2009 Mac Pro?
Posted by: AllGold
Date: April 02, 2019 09:33PM
Hack. spinning smiley sticking its tongue out



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Re: What's the preferred SSD for upgrading a 2009 Mac Pro?
Posted by: sekker
Date: April 02, 2019 10:23PM
You know, when Apple actually releases a new Mac Pro, I’ll be shopping for these older models. Seem like fun!
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Re: What's the preferred SSD for upgrading a 2009 Mac Pro?
Posted by: Mike Johnson
Date: April 05, 2019 07:10PM
If you're putting it in a bay, you'll need a sled for it. I bought mine at [eshop.macsales.com]
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