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Adding an SSD to a hackintosh HD installation

November 3, 2012 4 comments

There is much interest in Apple’s new Fusion Drive for Macs, where an SSD and conventional Hard Drive are paired into one drive. Files are automatically moved between the SSD and HD depending on usage, so the most frequently accessed files reside on the faster SSD and the HD provides greater capacity for infrequently used files. The feature sounds like a step forward for users with more files than a reasonably priced SSD can store, but there are still many answers and reliability tests needed before it’s something to recommend for use on a hackintosh.

After recently buying a 128Gb OCZ Vertex Plus SSD from Aria, for the bargain price of £40, I have been looking at ways to use this with my 2Gb hard drive. I recently added a Seagate 2Gb 7200.14 drive, using my previous 2Gb drive as a backup. The new Seagate gave a big boost to read/write performance, going from around 50Mb/s read/write on the old HD to 140Mb/s read/write on the Seagate 7200.14. This testing was done using the free Blackmagic Disk Speed Test app for the Mac appstore, so while in no way comprehensive does show a big speed increase for sequential access.

The OCZ Vertex Plus SSD is an older generation device that gives around 160Mb/s write and 200Mb/s read speeds. This is way below the 500MB/s+ speeds that newer SSD’s can offer, but this was intended as a cheap test before committing to a more expensive SSD. The next decision is how to use the two drives, with three main options available: Read more…

10.5.7 on Hackintosh

May 16, 2009 3 comments

10.5.7

My main hackintosh is now updated to 10.5.7, using the 10.5.7 update dmg downloaded from the Apple web site. I could have used the Software Update install method which has worked just as well for the past couple of updates, but I have three machines to install on so it makes sense to download once. There appear to be no issues following the update, just the usual replacement of files that the update overwrites. Read more…

Hackintosh Part 2

February 7, 2008 3 comments

Yet another seed of 10.5.2 was released to developers yesterday, this time a one step increment to 9C31. Since I’m not ordering any hardware until 10.5.2 is proven stable and installable on a hackintosh the planning continues, this time looking at storage and optical drives.

Hard DriveModern Mac’s use Sata hard drives (or SAS for the high end) so it makes sense to try to use as much Sata kit as possible. There are very mixed reports of IDE working in the insanelymac forums. The Gigabyte motherboard I have chosen has one IDE connector supporting two devices, and from the hardware compatibility reports this appears to work. I recently switched from a windows based PC acting as a file server to a Synology DS-106e. The Windows server had all my old hard drives in it, a combination of 3x120Mb, a 200Mb and a 300Mb for backups. The synology has an internal 500Mb and another 500Mb connected by USB for a weekly backup, so I didn’t use any of the old drives. This means I have several redundant IDE drives that could be used in the hackintosh. 300Mb’s would be useful, so it’s really going to be down to available funds when I come to order the kit. A 320Gb Sata Samsung drive is £48.12 at the moment, and though this would be nice it may have to wait for upgrade round 2. Read more…

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