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Re: Will an SSD work okay in Mavericks?

Postby Kwackman » Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:44 pm

Sorry to bump an old thread- just wondering if this worked out ok for you in the end?

I'm thinking of changing my spinning HD for an SSD.
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Re: Will an SSD work okay in Mavericks?

Postby MarkOne » Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:07 am

Kwackman wrote:Sorry to bump an old thread- just wondering if this worked out ok for you in the end?

I'm thinking of changing my spinning HD for an SSD.
MacPro (Cheese grater) mid 2010 model, running High Sierra (10.13.6)

There are a bunch of tutorials around showing how to install an NVME SSD onto a PCIe adapter, which gives you a significantly faster boot drive than one sitting on the SATA bus and installed in the hard disk bays.
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Re: Will an SSD work okay in Mavericks?

Postby Sam Spoons » Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:26 am

I have fitted SSDs in three Macs and in all cases the performance increase was significant. The 2011 MBP and 2008 cheese grater Mac Pro are running El Cap and the 2012 MBP (my day to day machine) High Sierra.
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Re: Will an SSD work okay in Mavericks?

Postby Kwackman » Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:14 pm

MarkOne wrote:There are a bunch of tutorials around showing how to install an NVME SSD onto a PCIe adapter, which gives you a significantly faster boot drive than one sitting on the SATA bus and installed in the hard disk bays.
I've no PCI slots free, but thanks for the info Mark, didn't know that trick.



Sam Spoons wrote:I have fitted SSDs in three Macs and in all cases the performance increase was significant. The 2011 MBP and 2008 cheese grater Mac Pro are running El Cap and the 2012 MBP (my day to day machine) High Sierra.
Thanks for the reply, Sam. I think I'll add this to my "To Do soonish" list.
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Re: Will an SSD work okay in Mavericks?

Postby ConcertinaChap » Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:11 pm

Incidentally my old Mac Mini had a Fusion drive and its performance came remarkably close to that of a pure SSD. There are instructions on the web on how to set one up for yourself if that appeals to you.

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Re: Will an SSD work okay in Mavericks?

Postby Kwackman » Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:59 pm

1TB SSD drive now installed.
Using High Sierra- no extra software needed, it just worked using Disc Utility.

It took quite a while to re-install from Time Machine, and now boot up time won't give me enough time to make coffee!

Worthwhile update, and not horrendously expensive either.
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Re: Will an SSD work okay in Mavericks?

Postby Dave B » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:17 pm

Just updated my 2010 MacBook Pro to an SSD and High Sierra (last update it will take). All very smooth now, despite on 8Gb ram (max on that model). Quite a happy bunny.
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Re: Will an SSD work okay in Mavericks?

Postby desmond » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:19 pm

Dave B wrote:Just updated my 2010 MacBook Pro to an SSD and High Sierra (last update it will take). All very smooth now, despite on 8Gb ram (max on that model). Quite a happy bunny.

I'm considering doing this (going to HS), but it's tricky in my situation, giving me pause... I might see if I can rig up some kind of test rig and see how I get on...
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Re: Will an SSD work okay in Mavericks?

Postby Sam Spoons » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:24 pm

Spare HDD/SSD and a clone of the original then run the upgrade on the spare?
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Re: Will an SSD work okay in Mavericks?

Postby Dave B » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:27 pm

Just noticed the comments about Trim support above and have done some digging. It looks like my Crucial drives don't support it properly so it seems like a good idea not to have it enabled. It's worth a quick google at least..
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Re: Will an SSD work okay in Mavericks?

Postby desmond » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:38 pm

Sam Spoons wrote:Spare HDD/SSD and a clone of the original then run the upgrade on the spare?

It's unfortunately not that simple in my case...
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Re: Will an SSD work okay in Mavericks?

Postby desmond » Fri Jun 21, 2019 5:56 pm

desmond wrote:It's unfortunately not that simple in my case...

I just created a test partition and installed High Sierra to see how it behaved in conjunction with my hardware (my MBP is the notoriously overheating 2011 model, and the graphics chip has died (twice).)

You have to do some deep hacks to make things work because of the malfunctioning hardware, but happily the test HS system installed ok, and the two main problems (lack of brightness controls, and kernel panics on coming back from sleep) seemed ok and working in my quick initial test - which is encouraging.

I'll do some more tests (mostly stability and temperature control) before I'm happy enough to make HS my main system, but it's a good first step... :thumbup:
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