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    DustinB22's Avatar
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    Which SSD upgrade for Mac Pro 2009? 6.0/gbps possible?
    I am looking to upgrade my HDD to a SSD in my 2009 Mac Pro. I know OWC's stuff is highly recommended but with that comes a premium. And is it possible to upgrade to a 6.0 gbps setup vs the standard 3.0? I have seen that OWC also makes a PCIe setup that is blazing fast but I did know if there was more options out there. Thanks guys

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    This is a Mac Pro we are discussing I take it and not a MacBook Pro as appears in your avatar?

    If so the Mac Pro comes with 3GB/s SATA II. You will be able to install a 6GB/s SSD like an OWC Mercury Electra but you will only get the 3GB;s speed.
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    Yes this is for a Mac Pro (2009). I just haven't updated my avatar or sig. The computer has just been sitting my my office since I haven't had time to set it up. But before I do I wanted to upgrade the boot drive with an SSD and then throw ML on there so I don't have to do it again later.

    So basically it is pointless to spend the extra money on the OWC Mercury Electra drive since I can't take advantage of the 6.0gb speed? Is there no way to upgrade it from 3.0 to 6.0 or is my only other option the PCIe SSD?

    thank you for you help

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    No what you got is what you got. Some have tried using a PCI-E card with 6GBand an external drive but I don't think that is what you want at all.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    You could get one of these: http://www.sonnettech.com/product/tempossd.html

    Install an SSD drive into it and put it in your PCI-Express slot and get 6Gb/s with i
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    Ok I just did a search for the Mac Pro 2009 since I am looking at getting one and didn't notice this post was from 2012, sorry. My advice is solid but probably already known since it was 3 years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GameGuru View Post
    ...didn't notice this post was from 2012, sorry. My advice is solid but probably already known since it was 3 years ago.
    Yes...3.5 year old thread.

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