SSD Drives

Mac SSD Upgrades : Insanely Cheap Solid-State Drives

A lot has evolved in both the PC and Macintosh compatible SSD market during the past year. Lower flash memory material costs, vastly improved new generation SSD interface controller chips and firmware, faster data clock speeds, and increased data channels have permitted Mac SSD drives to deliver significant performance gains in Read/Write data rate at ever lower price points.

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For those who believed that Solid-State drive upgrades are way too costly - or too small to store your Mac's data, you may want to check again - SSD hard drive prices have come down significantly while performance has improved dramatically. Affordable SSD's in the 256GB, 400GB and 512GB range have plummeted recently. As such, the former high cost of SSD flash drive technology has gotten more affordable than ever, with many peak performing Flash drives now costing significantly under a dollar per Gig. Large volume of SSD drive demand by both computer manufacturing companies, external drive makers and consumers has caused a great degree of competition between all of the big name SSD manufacturers as of late. My top recommended SATA III SSD's for a Mac mini or MacBook Pro would be an OCZ Vertex4, Crucial M4, or SanDisk Extreme.

If huge storage capacity at more affordable pricing is important to you; check out the latest SSD Hybrid disk drive offerings from Seagate Technologies at www.ssd-for-mac.com. Solid-State Hybrids combine both SSD flash memory technology with 500GB to 750GB conventional spinning platters to give your Mac desktop or laptop computer the advantages of both worlds. These models in the Momentus XT drive series are the 1st of many that will likely evolve to dominate the data storage market by merging the qualities of both technologies.

Depending on whether you're hoping to replace a slow and dying hard drive in a desktop Macintosh, or perhaps pondering an upgrade for an older Apple MacBook Pro, Air or Classic - your best investment for the long term is an SSD based on the newest SandForce or Marvell controller chips. With both Read and Write speeds near or exceeding 500Mbps, these leading-edge SSD models make the most of the available bandwidth of the SATA III connection used in recent PC and Mac computers within the the past several quarters.