August 21st, 2011, 08:13 PM
Hi, I'm new here and have a question: I have a 2010 2.4 dual core 13" macpro and have installed a kingston 96gb ssd and will be replacing the optical drive with a 64gb crucial ssd. My question is how I should setup the system for optimal performance. Which one should boot the system up and how I should save stuff on them so that it will work best. Thanks for any input
August 22nd, 2011, 06:35 AM
To create a raid the disks must be the SAME SIZE! If you are looking for the optimal speed for SSD then Raid 0 will do this for you.
August 22nd, 2011, 09:29 AM
I wouldn't recommend putting the SSDs in a RAID configuration -- for one, as Satcomer said, they're different sizes, and for two, they're from different manufacturers.
You typically want all your drives in a RAID configuration (other than a JBOD RAID) to be identical in size, from the same manufacturer, same drive model, and from the same manufacturing lot (at least all of these are true for spinning-platter drives).
The SSDs on their own are going to be mucho fast -- I don't see any reason to put them in a RAID.
I would recommend putting your OS X installation on the 96GB drive, since it's using a native SATA port. The 64GB drive in the optical bay may be on a slower SATA bus -- I'm not too familiar with the newest Mac Pros, so I don't know this for sure, but historically, optical drives were placed on a slower bus because their transfer speeds were much slower than hard drives. This may or may not still be true of the Mac Pros, especially the one you're using.
August 22nd, 2011, 10:39 AM
Thank you both for the info/input. I am going to install osx on the 96gb like eldiablo said and no raid setup. I had read that the mid 2010 13" 's optical can support newer sata but it was hit and miss on whether you'll get it. Thanks again!