Apple Compatible SSD Drives For MacOS

SSD Drives Compatible With Apple Computers

Last Updated: April 7th, 2018
Shopping for the best internal or external Mac SSD drive option? 2018 is proving to be the best year ever for the PC and Mac DIY SSD drive upgrade market. The latest generation of PCIe and SATA III interface Solid-State drives are delivering fantastic Read AND Write performance on MacOS thanks to the latest generation of SSD controller chipsets.


Apple now offers either bundled SSD drives in the MacBook Air and Retina Display models - or as Build-To-Order options for other Mac desktop models, as well as Fusion SSD options in the Mac mini, iMac desktop line. For those with a dying Mac hard drive or looking for the single best performance upgrade: SSD capacities are up and prices have collapsed to well below $0.25 cents per Gigabye. It's a great opportunity to upgrade to ultra-fast SSD performance in your aging Mac computer.

Best SSD's For Mac

As solid-state performance rapidly evolves, flash memory disks easily outpace even the highest performing mechanical spinning platter drives. Recent SSD costs per gigabyte has fallen rapidly towards $0.20 cents per Gigabyte. For many, a 256GB SSD drive is a very affordable upgrade or replacement for a dead Apple hard drive. The transition to 6GBps SATA III allowed Read & Write speeds to make a huge leap. Even if you have an older Mac, backwards compatibility with legacy SATA II and I controllers assures the SSD will perform the best it can, no matter what speed of SATA controller your Mac has.

Apple is currently using PCIe SSD modules on their logic boards, making it the best near and long-term choice for maximum performance

MacBook, iMac, Mac Mini SSD

Mac models in the late 2000's on consumer systems like the Mini and White MacBooks had a slower SATA I or II speed interface. More recentl or Pro models ship with SATA III speed interfaces. Although older SATA I & II interface Apple computer models can't really take full advantage of a truly modern high-speed SATA III spec, backward compatibility assures any current SATA III SSD in 2018 will perform the best it can.

So, while you may not need a bleeding-edge drive, it's still best to think LONG TERM about getting the best performance possible while keeping an eye towards the prospect of repurposing your solid-state drive for a faster Mac a year or three down the road. Extremely high performing solid-state drives with a SandForce or Indilinx controllers and large on-disk cache can meet your needs for years to come. SSD's just don't have the mechanical failure rates many of us has experienced with conventional spinning-platter hard drives.

Macintosh OSX Compatible Flash Hard Drives

OSX runs quite well on current SSDs. Apples file system's block size matches well with solid-state technology. As OSX advances - and flash memory SSD drives become standard and optional equipment on many more Apple computer models - further refinements to optimize OSX for flash memory storage are present in OSX Lion, Yosemite, Mavericks, Sierra and beyond.

Solid-State Drive Replacement Services For Apple Computers

Some Apple computers - particularly recent Aluminum iMacs, older G4 iBooks, and early MacBook Pro laptops are VERY-VERY difficult to open and need specific tools to take apart. So, certain models are best left to professional computer bench techs. Some older iBook and the first Intel MacBook Pro laptops have to literally be COMPLETELY GUTTED to get to the hard drive and swap a flash drive into. It may involve removing dozens of screws and a painstaking sequence of dissassembly. It's too easy to KILL your computer with a slip of the screwdriver: Leave it to qualified Mac service folk who know what they're doing. Special tools and adhesives are needed for removing and reattaching the front display glass on recent, slim aluminum iMac upgrades.

Easier DIY Mac SSD Upgrades

More recent models like the Macintosh Pro towers and Unibody MacBook Pro's however, make an SSD drive swap something anyone with a steady hand and the right tools can do within minutes. Recent changes to the low-profile Mac mini design make a Mac mini SSD upgrade far easier than in years past. Slim Aluminum iMacs can be challenging and require special tools and kits to remove the front glass and perform correctly.