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    another question

    Rick,
    Thanks for advice. The Akitio NT2 you sent me works like a charm. Today it has one bootable SSD (sierra10.12) and an old 1TB spinning drive (storage of stuff). The set up is the same as you...
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    Encluser

    Ok Rick,
    After posting the above, I watched your little video about NT2 drive USB3.1 enclosure.
    Do you still sell it? Will it work with an old 1TB Barracuda 7200.12?
    From your video it seems it...
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    Enclosure for External Drives

    Rick,
    Are you still in the advice business?
    If so, please help me with this problem.
    Years ago, I bought two Burly Enclosures from you (2006-2007), each two bays; one firewiere, the other eSata....
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    After my battles with USB ports on my MacPro5,1,...

    After my battles with USB ports on my MacPro5,1, I learned some stuff which was new to me. Perhaps new to Macgurus too; so let me share it.

    The built-in USB ports are 2.0. They never failed to...
  5. Ok Rick....so it's a hopeless case for me? With...

    Ok Rick....so it's a hopeless case for me? With my MacPro 5,1? The best I can do is use USB3 for moving stuff, but never for booting?
    At least, not OS with APSF?
  6. As I wrote before, I am not in a rush. But it has...

    As I wrote before, I am not in a rush. But it has been over a month since you posted the above.
    Any news on this item?

    I really would like to have a bootable USB3 connection on my MacPro5,1.
  7. Rick, no need for apologies. I am not in a rush...

    Rick, no need for apologies. I am not in a rush for this and can wait whatever time you need.
    Yes, OS on the external 1TB SSD is High Sierra. The OS on the internal boot is Sierra.
    In the Sierra...
  8. I bought the Lycom card from you, the one you...

    I bought the Lycom card from you, the one you recommended - one type A port, one type C. I installed it in slot 2 of my MacPro 5,1.
    And so far it does not work, that is, it won't boot an external...
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    Yes, I remember your opinion of utilities from...

    Yes, I remember your opinion of utilities from way back. But they may not be as bad as you think.
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    Take this sad SSD which I discussed above and destroyed. It had two volumes: smaller for booting...
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    The stuff arrived arrived fine and is working...

    The stuff arrived arrived fine and is working just great. I will install the Lycom later (after taxes are done).

    But puzzle me this, oh wise macgurus. In the starting post I described a bad 1TB...
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    Rick's observation about keeping free space above...

    Rick's observation about keeping free space above 30% + on boot SSD makes sense. I have been doing this all the time, based on intuition. But now Rick told me good reasons for it.
  12. Thanks for pointing that out. I didn't pay enough...

    Thanks for pointing that out. I didn't pay enough attention to SSD speeds.
    So, one cable I got can handle more than SSD can deliver. That's good.
  13. Yesterday a pretty little box arrived in my...

    Yesterday a pretty little box arrived in my house. The label says: USB type C to Micro-B 3.1 Gen 2 cable. i examined the cable and the ends are exactly as described. Is this the one you haven't seen...
  14. Ok Rick, I give up!! Your one Lycom PCIe card...

    Ok Rick, I give up!!

    Your one Lycom PCIe card refers to Type A and Type C ports, presumably both capable of 10 GB/s rate. To use the Neutrino I just ordered I will need one of these cables:
    USB...
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    Rick, You actually helped me a lot. Order for...

    Rick,
    You actually helped me a lot. Order for 1TB crucial SSD plus other items already placed.

    Regarding Secure Erase. The article by Cohen clearly states it is possible by zeroing out (1 or...
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    SSD with bad blocks

    Last year I bought a used 1TB SSD. Bad move. I partioned it and started using for various backups. Seemingly it works fine.
    BUT, when I tested it with utilities, all tests showed bad blocks. Now,...
  17. "The Lycom card is the only SATA card we stock...

    "The Lycom card is the only SATA card we stock any longer, the first one in the SATA PCIe Host Cards page"


    The one you referenced to has eSATA ports.
    I thought you were recommending the Lycom...
  18. Rick, you say this about your current Lycom PCIe...

    Rick, you say this about your current Lycom PCIe card:
    1. It is SATAIII,
    2. It will give me great speed increase over the internal SATAII connection in my MacPro 5,1 Westmere
    3. It will allow an...
  19. Thanks for explaining this stuff; I didn't know...

    Thanks for explaining this stuff; I didn't know it before.
    Since I am only experimenting with High Sierra (testing various apps and their upgrades) on the external SSD, I can live with the slow...
  20. Rick, Seems we are talking about two different...

    Rick,
    Seems we are talking about two different things; I wasn't clear before. Let me try again.

    1. In my MacPro 5.1 I have two SSD's which I use everyday - one has Snow Leopard and the other...
  21. My MacPro is the last model before the cylinder....

    My MacPro is the last model before the cylinder. It has Firewire 800 but no USB 3.0 ports. My external spinning drives attached via Firewire 800 work nicely and boot as well.

    So, I installed a...
  22. firewire to usb

    Is there such as a beast as a Firewire 800 (9pin) male to USB 3 female adapter? or cable?
    I coudn't find it by googling.
    If there is, where can I buy it?
    marrand
  23. Thread: High Sierra

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    I read someplace that APFS was meant for SSD's...

    I read someplace that APFS was meant for SSD's and such. But just couldn't believe it.
    Mine is on external old fashioned SATA and I can experiment with it; already learning that all my utilities...
  24. Thread: High Sierra

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    High Sierra

    Perhaps my search skills died, but I can't find anything about High Sierra on MacGurus forms.

    Well, I took the plunge and upgraded. Interesting. I use an external drive for all OS's and upgrades...
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    Band saw? Hammer? Drill? And there I thought...

    Band saw? Hammer? Drill?

    And there I thought the macgurus are more elegant! :)

    My son recommended drill. Tried that once. Ruined the drill bit.
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