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12 November, 2010

SSD is simply amazing! Really makes a whole difference.

Simply amazing. Just replacing the regular HDD (hard drive) in your computer with the SSD (solid state drive), the computer becomes super-responsive (for the applications launching and contents stored on SSD).

So I followed Mandrake's recommendation and got myself an SSD. I received the SSD just a few days after receiving my lower end Mac Pro (again to Don: my Mac Pro is the lowest model offered by Apple in 12-Core options). However, I was unable to install it as I only ordered the 2.5-inch version. And the included 3.5-inch adapter does not fit the Mac Pro (the Mac Pro screws the hard drive on top, not from the sides as most PC do).

So, I ordered an Icy Dock 2.5" to 3.5" SATA / SSD HDD Converter Tray from Don's United States. And that was the problem.

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(please see the screenshot below)

Of course, I am not going to use Don's beloved duct-tape to hole the 2.5-inch SSD drive inside the Mac Pro. So I have been patiently wait for the arrival of the adapter before I transfer and install more applications into the Mac Pro.

As you can read from screenshot of the USPS tracking website, the item arrived in Chicago IL for dispatching on 2nd November, and it took entire week to ship to Australia (arrived on 9th November). Does it really take that long to ship an item from the States to Australia? It shouldn't. There must be something wrong.

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What could the possible reason that made USPS to take one entire week to ship a small parcel from the States to Australia? Fact: Antony is not white Caucasian. Therefore, USPS and/or US Customs does not give priority service to Antony.

As usual, photos:
OCZ Vertex 2 SATA II 2.5-inch Solid State Drive

And I quite like this sticker.
OCZ Vertex 2 SATA II 2.5-inch Solid State Drive

For my upgrading to a SSD, I simply followed this guide (from Mac Performance Guide). They did not list the 2010 Mac Pro model, but it is pretty similar. Just get an adapter (unless you buy the 3.5-inch SSD), and put the new SSD into Bay 1, and put the original boot drive (from Apple) to Bay 2 (or any empty), and use the Carbon Copy Cloner (free) to duplicate everything from the original boot drive (from Apple) to the new SSD, then change the Startup Disk. Shut down the Mac Pro, remove the old boot drive, and you are done. Of course, when you first insert the SSD into the Mac Pro, you will need to partition it (i.e. format it). The Mac will ask you what you would like to do automatically, format it with "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" is recommended.

Like many people said, an SSD does make the Mac feel lighting-fast, and I agree with that.

I guess I will pump up some more RAM for my low end Mac Pro next, and get more SSDs when they are cheaper. I will put the standard 2.0TB SATA II 7200rpm HDDs into other Bays for the time being.

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related blog entry:
presenting a poor man's Mac Pro and LED Cinema Display (30 October 2010)

Posted by Antony on 12 November 2010 9:54 AM | Mac hardware, all things Mac, gadget
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I have no idea what all this is about!
Posted by Rev.Dr.Wu Yi on 12 November 2010 11:22 AM.
Well, the two key points are:
1. The small parcel took ONE Week after USPS has dispatched to reach Australia, there must be something to do with USPS or US Government give priority to white Caucasians.
2. Antony is poor.
Posted by Antony on 12 November 2010 1:17 PM.
Neither of those points do I see in this post!!
Posted by Rev.Dr.Wu Yi on 12 November 2010 2:07 PM.
Let's face it, no poor guy can afford a 12-core Mac Pro or a solid-state drive.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 13 November 2010 4:35 AM.
Let's face it, it was the lower end of the Mac Pro, and I cannot afford the 512GB SSD option offered by Apple.
Posted by Antony on 13 November 2010 9:04 AM.
You (as usual) missed my point. No poor guy can afford a Mac Pro at all, let alone a 12-core computer at all, and no poor guy can afford an SSD at all.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 17 November 2010 2:31 AM.
Mac Pros aren't that expensive, and SSDs aren't that expensive.
Posted by Antony on 17 November 2010 11:36 AM.
I don't know what planet you are living on; Mac Pros and SSDs are expensive gadgets to buy.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 18 November 2010 3:57 AM.
Remember, getting the slightly more expensive Mac Pro is following your longitivtiy principle. Still not that expensive after all.
Posted by Antony on 18 November 2010 9:12 AM.
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