Wondering if there's any benefit/speed difference by plugging an SSD into the cable where the optical drive was or if one of 4 hard drive bays connection is faster on a Mac Pro 2012 (Westmere)?

  • If you install it into the CD bay, then where would you be able to store your sandwiches? – JakeGould May 7 '18 at 23:47
  • It is a big space in there Jake... – alexh May 7 '18 at 23:59
  • Mac Pro? The Trash Can? I didn't think they have a CD bay... or am I missing something – Darius May 8 '18 at 0:19
  • @Darius It’s a tower Mac and it definitely has no room for sandwiches. – JakeGould May 8 '18 at 0:20
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    @Darius And FWIW, and SDD can even just be secured with velcro tape. It‘s a physical object with no moving parts. – JakeGould May 8 '18 at 0:57

Where you physically store your SSD should not matter as long as it is secured properly (unless you plan to just leave it hanging on the cable.... which I've done before and no noticable issues... except when the PC is moved and the SSD slides here and there inside the PC).

Caveat: The above is fine because it is an SSD.

If it is a spinning disk (HDD) - then securing it properly matters as HDD spins the disc and cause vibration. HDD not secured properly will vibrate (at whatever rate) and could slide off. Or in worse case, cause the case to vibrate and/or reflect the vibration to the HDD - in turn could cause problem with your HDD.

Reference for vibration/sound is bad for HDD is on this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDacjrSCeq4&feature=youtu.be

  • Well, just because it has no moving parts doesn't mean that impacts won't damage it... – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams May 8 '18 at 1:21
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    @IgnacioVazquez-Abrams True. HDD will be the source of the vibration but at least SSD won't. External cause / Impact (PC moved and SSD got moved due to external force) is the risk you run by not securing it. And as JakeGould said - securing SSD with Velcro will do the job. – Darius May 8 '18 at 1:24
  • @IgnacioVazquez-Abrams An SSD is simply a much higher quality flash drive. What kind of supposed “impacts” would an SSD feel inside a huge tower? I mean most laptops—such as the current MacBooks and even MacBook Airs from 7+ years ago—all have SSD drives and are jostled constantly. As long as they are secured well in their housing they are perfectly safe. – JakeGould May 8 '18 at 1:59

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