Full-Size 3.5" SSD Drives for Apple ComputersAs the SSD drive market has matured, most SATA SSD drives are being manufactured in the smaller laptop 2.5" standard form-factor. Upgrading an older Apple iMac or Macintosh Pro tower to an SSD can be done with either a 3.5" drive adapter case or bracket to hold the smaller laptop size mechanism. Few vendors offered full-size 3.5 inch SSD mechanisms, so adapting 2.5" drives with an appropriate drive sled or bracket is the way to go.
For top performance in a full-size drive form factor for iMac and Mac Pro Tower owners shop for any of the latest generation SATA III SSD's for your Mac - even if your desktop Macintosh has a slower SATA II or I controller. Simply buy a current, fully backward compatible SATA III drive and your Mac will operate at it's maximum potental speed. 'Future-Proof' your Solid-State drive purchase with a 6GBps SATA III interface SSD. If you migrate the drive to your NEXT Mac, you'll unleash even more speed benefits when it's connected to a faster 6GBps controller.
Convert To 3.5in SSD For iMac or Mac Pro TowersSince manufacturers simply are staying focused primarly on the laptop size SATA 2.5" market - For Apple iMac and Pro tower users wanting to upgrade to an SSD, the most affordable and practical option has long been to use a drive adapter bracket, sled, or case to make a 2.5" SSD fit a standard full-size 3.5 inch hard drive bay.
Mac Pro: EASY DIY - Put Little SSDs In BIG Drive Bays
Wit the IcyDock Pro Drive Converter - You can convert a 2.5" SATA SSD to a more standard 3.5" form factor in seconds. This SATA III Laptop Drive Enclosure is simply the best and only product most will need. Simply slide any laptop SSD in. Merely closing the enclousure securely holds the 2.5" drive in place then simply slide the IcyDock into your Mac drive bay and you're ready to go.
PCI-e Slot RAID Card SSD's For Mac Pro?Multi-drive RAID cards have been introduced since the original line from OCZ's Z-Drive PCI-e Slot SSD series. But, OCZ has NOT qualified these drives for OSX, so they're NOT supporting them in Mac Pro towers at this point. Sadly for Macintosh Pro users - OCZ has yet to qualify ANY of thier RAID 0 PCI slot SSD's for Mac OSX. The first models: the Z-DRIVE series could theoretically blow the roof off of SSD performance possible on a Mac, it's successor is the BOOTABLE (..at least on Windows..) REVODRIVE using dual Sandforce Controllers to deliver 540 MB/s Reads 480 MB/s Writes - Literally double that of any single 2.5" SSD currently out there. But without OCZ's blessing on Mac OS, a working PCI-e solid-state drive solution for Mac is still a pipe-dream.
However - Super-Talent's RAIDDrive series offering up to 2TB - Terabytes of storage exceeding 500Mpbs transfer rates. These Pro-grade PCI slot drives from SuperTalent ARE qualified to run on OSX per the spec sheets at SuperTalent SSD website.
G3-G4 iMacs, iBooks Need ATA SSDsNow in the pretty much obsolete category, older Macs with Parallel ATA -- IDE/PATA drive interfaces make an upgrade to solid-state only a hobbyist or collector kind of pasttime. 2.5" ATA SSD's do exist, and they're often less than $200. But it turns out that even flash-memory performance can be dissapointing on such a slow disk interface bus compared to just putting a really, really fast MODERN 7200 RPM spinning platter drive in one anyways. Tough love says your time and money is best spent on a MODERN Mac and not beating a dying horse. The reality is modern SSD's can far outperform any AT-133 interface several times over. It just can't keep up with flash memory speeds.
SSD For G5 iMacsThese 1.6Ghz to 2Ghz G5 early White iMacs are rather easy to open - and do benefit noticeably from an SSD upgrade. 3 Screws to pop the back cover, a handful more to remove the readily accessible SATA I hard drive takes only minutes. Mount the SSD in an Icy-Dock 3.5" adapter and you'll be pleasantly suprised at both the performance boost - and how much cooler your iMacs internal temps are. Because these early models are SATA I - high end drives aren't essential.
White Intel iMac SSD Upgrade MiseryApple made it a pain to replace a hard drive in the slightly later revisions of white iSight-enabled 17" and 20" iMacs. Removing the back cover reveals a ton of shielding with adhesive foil needing to be peeled up to even begin acessessing the iMac's guts. But again, a SATA Icy-Dock will give you a drop-in SSD option
Aluminum iMac SSD Pain In the ButtDrive upgrades get worse with Aluminum iMacs: Here, drive repacement is in the lower-FRONT of the computer. And that means getting past the front bezel, removing the LCD's front glass with special suction-cup tool to avoid stress cracking it. All Aluminum iMacs have SATA II controllers, so mid to high end drives are the right choice.
Want to learn more about OS X compatible solid-state flash drive options for Macintosh? Visit the Main Page of Solid-State Drive Upgrades For Apple Macs