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Why does my SSD crash my computer

Hi there fellow humans,

I recently installed a SSD (internally) as a startup disk in my Mac Pro (Early 2009). Unfortunately it often crashes - at random times - and the only way to get my computer functioning again is to hold down the power button. This problem even happens when I go back to using my old hard drive as the Startup Disk.

The SSD is a Mercury Electra 3G 480GB drive from OWC.

I'm rather perplexed...

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Ta,

Seb

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Well it shouldn't. I'm running a 512 SSD in mine with no issues. How was it formatted? Do you have a secondary standard boot drive installed and does it crash when using that one? What operating system are you running? Was there an update or upgrade you've done recently?

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Hi Mayer,

Thanks for your response.

My SSD is formatted as Journaled, with a GUID Partition Map.

I recently upgraded my operating system from 10.8 to El Capitan (10.11.4), but I was having problems with the old OS X too.

I have a secondary startup disk (on my Mac's original hard drive) and the SSD crashes that too when it suddenly seems to eject itself.

I thought I may have had a faulty drive, but I tried another one (the same kind - Mercury Electra) and that one also disappears from view and crashes my system.

Any thoughts...?

Cheers,

Seb

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Since it does it with the old drive, I don't think the issue is the drive. Are you getting a Kernel panic on your crash? Have you changed the RAM configuration?

FYI - if your get the problem solved and want to go to Sierra, here's how I did it: EFI and Firmware update from 4,1 to 5,1 for Sierra Upgrade Solved

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