The PowerMac G5 is a desktop computer first produced in 2003 by the Apple Corporation. This guide will review the repair process of an Apple PowerMac G5 model number A1047 EMC 2061 from 2004. It was discontinued in 2006 as part of the Intel switch first to developers then consumers.

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Is it possible to install an SSD and if so what type?

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I'd like to install a ssd into my powermac g5 1.8 dp, I've been told its a waste of time and money! Should I put in a large one or a small one, My question gos around the ssd maxes out the speed possible... So a small one for just the OS or a large one for the OS and select Apps?

Next queston is to the idea of a hi-bred drive/ssd/hd as one, are these just for a certain newer model of Mac?



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SSD are not permanent storage devices… they are temporary working drives designed primarily for Tablets/Pads and laptops. How do you envision this will work - what's the reason, the payoff? Faster boot time (it will be so small as to be insignificant).


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There are limits here on what is practical and workable.

In this case you have a PowerPC based system so your OS can't be upgraded past a set point which gets into how the OS works with SSD drives. In your case TRIM services are not available so your new SSD will not wear well.

Your systems HD interface is quite old SATA I (1.5 Gb/s) so anything you get will need to function at this I/O speed. So a lot of the improvement you are expecting won't be there as most SSD's run at SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) note the difference in data rate.

To be blunt here I don't think spending your money on a SSD is worth it.

I think you will gain more upping the RAM as well as setting up RAID across a second PCI interface if you plan to hold on to this system. Yes, a SSHD hi-bred drive can give you better performance if you don't want to get into RAID 5. Here's a good writeup on RAID and here's one on your Mac OS-X options Using OS-X Disk Utility. Some options may not be possible with your OS.

Otherwise I would bank my money to buy a newer Intel based system (if you want a screamer the new Mac Pro's will blow you away). A iMac or Mac mini will also go far.

Sorry for the let down.

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