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Yes, there's a way to install OS X on the SSD. It's called "install OS X on the Fusion Drive." The Fusion Drive automatically puts the most frequently-used files on the SSD. When there are vital system files that your hard drive needs to access in its every waking moment, there's really no reason why the Fusion Drive would ever demote it to the HDD.


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As johnfinn68 answered in this Apple Discussions post: To determine [the bus speed of HDD and SuperDrive slots], go to the apple icon, about this mac, more info,select Serial ATA, then look at the (on mine) Nvidia AHCI and see the Link Speed and Negotiated Link speed. The default one shown is the HDD, you need to click on the other AHCI channel to see ...


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SSD's have been found to be quite durable. That article goes into depth with respect to SSD issues, and they performed hardware tests upon several manufacture of SSD.


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You are the best person to answer that. Use the Activity monitor and take a look at RAM and HD current usage. That will tell you what you need most. Usually the more RAM the better, that in turn also removes some load from the HD, but a fasted SSD could help in the initial step of loading the app in to the RAM. So if you open and close lost of apps and ...


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Boot holding the option key and select the SSD to boot. You can also use system preferences to set it as the default boot drive. Once the machine will restart (or power on from off) and boot to the SSD, use Disk Utility to erase the HDD and enjoy your new Mac.


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I would go with MacBook Pro for the better CPU, GPU (iris vs HD), and screen resolution since you are going to work with photo and video editing.


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A traditional USB flash stick will not cut it for your purposes. This is not a question of R/W speed. Regardless of the R/W speeds (I own an excellent 128GB PNY Turbo stick), the on-board controller (the microchip that serves as the brains behind the drive’s operation) is built for low-cycle I/O operations. If you plan to run virtualization software from an ...


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I've had a 960GB JetDrive 720 since September 2014 and have been running Yosemite since release. I found that enabling trim on Yosemite caused instabilities, and the system would lock up very regularly. I was in regular contact with Transcend about this for a while. I like to think that the removal of trim from the JetDrive toolbox on Yosemite was down to my ...


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Installing Yosemite converted your hard drive to a Core Storage logical volume, and CS was only introduced in Lion (Wikipedia), so it makes sense that Snow Leopard would have no idea what to do with it. Here's how you undo CoreStorage (source - this method worked for me). It should be non-destructive, but as always, take a backup first! Also, note that any ...


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Based on personal experience, the 08 Mac Pro is well worth squeezing that last bit of life out of. It will take 64GB RAM, as 8 x 16 - even though Apple say it will only take 8GB sticks. Best source, other than OWC [which I think is US only] is eBay. There are specialists who sell old Mac parts & RAM; & mostly list with specific models items will run ...


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Yes, it is possible to replace the optical drive with hard drive / SSD. You can follow this guide.


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Short answer is no. Fusion drive has its own algorithm to determine which individual file goes to which drive, based on frequency of access. It doesn't offer any interface to configure the location of files. Moreover, it doesn't even list out which file belongs to which drive. In fact, the only way to know where a file is, is to read the file while the user ...



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