Solid-state drives have no moving parts and are capable of accessing data at speeds up to 215MB per second, which is up to twice the speed of hard drives. In addition, four solid-state drives working together combine to access data at up to 750MB per second. The result? Incredible performance at a range of data-intensive tasks, including up to 2x faster ProRes video encoding using solid-state drives compared with hard drives.*
Mac Pro includes four drive bays, allowing you to configure it with up to 8 terabytes of storage using 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s drives, up to 2 terabytes of storage using high-performance solid-state drives, or any combination of each type of drive. The cable-free, direct-attach drive solution lets you install and remove drives in a snap. To install a drive, you connect a simple drive carrier to the hard drive, then just slide it into place - no cables or connectors to cause you hassle. Removing the drive is just as easy. Every Mac Pro ships with four hard drive carriers. This solution is perfect if you ever share drives among different workstations at home or the studio.
Requires Mac Pro (Mid 2010) and Mac OS X v10.6.4 or later.
Solid-state drives, generally? Yes, they work in a Mac Pro 1,1 if you can get them to fit physicall
Solid-state drives, generally? Yes, they work in a Mac Pro 1,1 if you can get them to fit physically -- nearly all SSDs are 2.5" or 1.8", and the Mac Pro drive caddies are built for 3.5" drives.
This Apple "512GB Solid-State Drive Kit for Mac Pro" includes a specialized adapter bracket that connects the 2.5" SSD to a late-model Mac Pro drive caddy. This specialized Apple bracket does NOT fit a Mac Pro 1,1 drive caddy but you can easily find generic "hot-swap ready" brackets elsewhere which do fit. (You won't actually be "hot swapping" but you do need the spatial orientation of the two connectors vis-a-vis the backplane to be right.)
Apple OS X 10.7 (& later) enables industry-standard TRIM support on Apple SSDs, only. Thus, this Apple 500GB drive in an after-market bracket in a Mac Pro 1,1 caddy will work just fine -- I am writing this response using exactly that configuration.
No, the 13" and 15" Macbook Pro with Retina Display use a custom SSD designed by Apple to support th
No, the 13" and 15" Macbook Pro with Retina Display use a custom SSD designed by Apple to support the thinner profile and the non-upgradeable design. This 512 GB SSD uses the standard 2.5" hard drive design, making it compatible with most laptops and desktops, but not the 13" or 15" Macbook Pro with Retina Display.
*Testing conducted by Apple in July 2010 using preproduction Mac Pro 12-core 2.93GHz units configured with 6GB of RAM, 1TB 7200-rpm hard disk drive and 512GB solid-state drive. Content was encoded using the Compressor 3.5.2 H.264 for iPod Video 640x480 preset and Qmaster with the maximum number of instances available on each system. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of Mac Pro.
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