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.