We’ve had this “Early 2008” Mac Pro since, well, early 2008. It’d been showing its age but I fixed that.
It’s the family mainframe, does homework and Plexus and BitTorrent (legal stuff only, you betcha) and drives the big high-end audio system through a Benchmark Media DAC1 USB, also it’s my 15-year-old’s gamebox, which means there’s a BootCamp Win7 partition in there.
How to · I was encouraged by Bob Lee’s Six ways to breathe new life into an old Mac Pro, and Bob’s was even older than mine.
So I got a new SSD; Crucial might not be the cheapest but they make it ridiculously easy to pick the right part for your box. I bought the SSD and the required Icy Dock container through Newegg.Then I bought Carbon Copy Cloner, which is just a nice rsync GUI, but I’ll pay $45 any time to not worry about picking the wrong command-line switches.
Then it took about 15 minutes to open up the Mac Pro and slide in the SSD, a minute to format it, three hours to clone the old system disk onto the SSD, and 30 seconds to tell the Mac to boot the SSD. And having now just spent 45 minutes or so installing Yosemite, I’m listening to Shonen Knife on the “new” six-year-old system while I type this (the music’s using 2.35% of a single CPU on what is after all a dual quad-core 2.8GHz Xeon).
The inside of the Mac Pro is pure industrial-design poetry. I needed a little jewelers’ Phillips-head to screw the drive to its tray, that was it.
The computer’s now unsubtly faster. It’s a system that’s fun to use again. My children will love me more.