SSD Drives For Apple ComputersShopping for the best Mac SSD drive option? 2016 is proving to be the best year ever for the PC and Mac DIY SSD drive upgrade market. The latest generation of SATA III interface Solid-State drives are delivering fantastic Read AND Write performance on OSX 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 MacBook Pro laptops, as well as Fusion SSD options in the Mac mini, iMac and Macintosh Pro desktop line. For those with a dying Mac hard drive or looking for the single best performance upgrade: SSD capacities are up and prices are down to well below $0.30 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
|OCZ's Latest SSD Drive||Cutting-Edge SanDisk SSD||Newest Crucial SSD|
|OCZ Vertex 460 SSD
7mm w/Spacer & Bracket
|SanDisk Extreme Pro
7mm SSD with 2mm Spacer
|Crucial M550 SSD
Formatted Capacity to 960GB
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 $0.30 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 has allowed Read & Write speeds to make another huge leap. Apple is currently using SATA III controllers on their logic boards, making 6GBps drvies the best near and long-term choice for maximum performance. 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.
MacBook, iMac, SSD For Mac MiniMac models 3-4 years old - consumer systems like the Mini and White MacBooks had a slower SATA I speed interface. More recently or Pro models now ship with SATA II speed interfaces. Older SATA I & II interface Apple computer models can't really take full advantage of a truly modern high-speed SSD of 2016. 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 DrivesOSX 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 OS X Lion and beyond.
Solid-State Drive Replacement Services For Apple ComputersSome 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 GUTTED to get to the hard drive and swap a flash drive into, and may involve removing dozens screws or more. 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. 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 tight 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.
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