How to Add a 2.5″ SSD in a Mac Pro
I know many of you out there want to install a SSD into your Mac Pro. There is no option from Apple to install one prior to the 2010 August Mac Pro models. Also a 2.5″ SSD won’t mount or securely fit into a Mac Pro. Here’s what you need and how to do it.
The first thing you need is a fast 2.5″ SSD. Slower SSDs don’t match well with your shiny, high performance Mac Pro. Make sure you get a good one. I would recommend a SATA III (6Gbps) SSD even though Mac Pros only support SATA II. SATA III drives are backwards compatible with SATA II and show excellent performance. My recommendation is OCZ’s Vertex 3 or soon to come Corsair’s Force Series 3 SSDs. [Note: This recommendation is outdated.]
Second, if your SSD does not come with an adapter, you will need a 2.5″ SSD to 3.5″ adapter. You probably don’t want to tape your SSD inside your Mac Pro to keep it in place. You’ll need a 2.5″ to 3.5″ drive adapter to mount your SSD securely in a Mac Pro. There is a low cost solution to this:
[Note: The best place to purchase this adapter is actually B&H, not Newegg, at $14.96]
If you are using the SSD for the system drive (the most recommended use), you need to reinstall Mac OS X as follows:
- 5.1 Select Utilities ->Disk Utility in top menu
- 5.2 Choose SSD and Click Partition
- 5.3 Select 1 Partition in Volume Scheme
- 5.4 Set Volume Name as necessary
- 5.5 Click Apply for format then close window
This is a quick and easy, yet highly effective way to boost your Mac Pro’s performance.