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From SATA to SSD Hard Drives on Hackintosh

SSD Hard Drives

A couple months ago I wrote about building my own inexpensive Intel-based Mac OS X Hackintosh computer. One of the major updates I mentioned was upgrading my older SATA drive to one of those faster SSD hard drives. I’m happy to announce that I’ve upgraded my primary OS X drive to an SSD and the performance is greatly noticed in typical usage. I surf the web, run Adobe’s Creative Cloud, and even a little gaming over virtualization. In case you’re wondering, I ordered a 120GB Kingston Digital SSDNow V300 SATA 3 2.5-Inch SV300S37A/120G on Amazon for $64.99 with free shipping. It hasn’t increased the speed on everything, however; it was well worth the money spent! Now that I’ve been spoiled by SSD speed, I feel the need to slowly replace every drive I own with an SSD. I’ll still keep a few of my newest SATA drives handy for Time Machine backups or projects.


Don’t forget the TRIM!

When your SSD hard drive arrives, don’t forget to enable TRIM. It’s important, unless you plan on barely using any space on your new SSD. I recommend Cindori’s Trim Enabler. Billed as “The ultimate SSD utility for Mac OSX.” Just enable it and reboot – it’s really simple and well worth purchasing if they ever decide to not offer a free mode in the future. I’ve had no issues with my new drive so far, and while I didn’t opt to Fusion Drive my SATA and SSD together, that option may definitely be something you want to look into. Just be sure your SATA drive and your SSD drive are both fairly new when making a Fusion Drive if you want it to last a long time.

I think I’ll put together my next cheap hackintosh with a Fusion Drive and a much beefier graphics card, faster CPU, and more RAM.

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4 Responses to From SATA to SSD Hard Drives on Hackintosh

  1. April 19, 2015 at 9:44 AM #

    Hi, thank you for this article !
    Are you going to update your “super budget” list soon ? :)
    I’m going to build an hackintosh during the holidays…
    (Some part aren’t in stock anymore, like the GIGABYTE H61M-S2-B3 …)

    • Richard Ward April 19, 2015 at 2:52 PM #

      Eventually, yes. I’m waiting on the next major OS X release (11?) before updating with a new guide. You can still find all my original parts on sites like Amazon and eBay. If you have a build you’re thinking about, I can make recommendations and help you make it run smoothly. I have a newer board and i3 I’m using right now but I have not written anything about it yet.

      • Mexson April 25, 2015 at 7:49 AM #

        Thank you very much!
        For now, I’m looking for something really cheap (it will be for a friend who only uses Facebook and Word). If I can open four tabs on safari + 2 word docs simultaneously without lags, I’m happy! (On Yosemite)
        So I think graphic card and motherboard is not so much important: I just need a sufficient processor and probably 8Gb of ram.
        I’m going to do some further research later (in 2 months, summer holidays…) and will post here my project so you can check if it looks good :) and all suggestions are welcome

        Thanks and sorry for my English…

  2. ipyx November 9, 2014 at 5:12 AM #

    what about Hyper Solid State Drive ..? how to use it on a hackintosh machine

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