512GB Solid-State Drive Kit for Mac Pro
512GB Solid-State Drive Kit for Mac Pro
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.
Answers from the community
Is this an MLC (Multi Level Cell) or SLC (Single Level Cell) type of SSD?
- Asked by Sheppard P from Austin
- on 12-Aug-2010
All SSD you see on the market are MLC, SLC would cost 4 times the amount... and SLC's don't go as hi All SSD you see on the market are MLC, SLC would cost 4 times the amount... and SLC's don't go as high has 512 GB yet. The only negative about MLC is that they only last 10 years.
- Answered by Arian F from Merced
- on 13-Aug-2010
i want to swapout my HD for a SSD. Can i install lion on a blank empty SSD? Or must i clone my old drive?
- Asked by Optimus P from SALT LAKE CITY
- on 07-Nov-2012
I'm assuming you have a Mac Pro desktop? If so, you can follow my instructions here: If you don't I'm assuming you have a Mac Pro desktop? If so, you can follow my instructions here: If you don't have Lion on a USB drive to install from, read this. The simple answer is yes but you have to partition the SSD drive to be a boot drive via disk utility. See below for details. Turn off computer. Open up the side panel on computer and remove the drive sled from one of the empty bays, and slide in the new SSD Drive. After starting your computer back up, the Mac immediately recognizes it as a solid state drive and promptly asks to initialize it via disk utility. I selected one partition and named it Mac HD, and under options selected GUID partition table. Using Carbon Copy Cloner, I cloned my startup drive to the SSD Drive (Mac HD). That took about 2.5 hours. After it was done, I opened up System Preferences > Startup Disk, and selected Mac HD, then hit the Restart button in the Startup Disk preferences. After restart, the SSD was the primary drive and I was able to repartition the old drive (or erase it) and use it for storage or Time Machine backups.
- Answered by Thomas N from Dorchester
- on 05-Mar-2013
Hi, I have an 8-core Mac pro (early 2009) with the RAID card. Obviously I would have to buy two of these, and create a new set, but would that work?
1 Answer(Hi, I have an 8-core Mac pro (early 2009) with the RAID card. Obviously I would have to buy two of these, and create a new set, but would that work?)
- Asked by Thierry L from Brossard
- on 21-Nov-2011
Will a solid state drive work in a MacPro1,1 ?
- Asked by Gerald S from Toronto
- on 27-Oct-2010
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.
- Answered by John G from The Villages
- on 29-Jun-2013
macbook 13,3 retina compatibility
- Asked by Apostolis P from Athens
- on 12-Mar-2013
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.
- Answered by Swayam S from Pleasanton
- on 12-May-2013