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Newbie
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎09-06-2016

SSD as an OSX Boot Drive?

Hi there, 

 

Is it possible for me to use my (new) USB 3.0 Scandisk Extreme 500 (240GB) as a boot drive for OSX?  

 

If it is possible, would I also need to install Trim Enabler as well (OSX Mavericks)?  If however I upgraded to OSX El Capitan, would I need to still have Trim Enabler installed?  

 

Thanks

 

Dom

 

 

 

 

SanDisk Senior User
Posts: 147
Registered: ‎10-25-2013

Re: SSD as an OSX Boot Drive?

Hello, 

 

the portable ssd cannot be used as a boot drive and is also not recommended for this kind of usage. Also trim enabler will not work with this ssd since it is not a sata drive

 

 

Newbie
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎09-06-2016

Re: SSD as an OSX Boot Drive?

Hi there, 

 

Thanks for replying.  That's interesting to know.

 

If Trim Enabler is unable to work in OSX, (with USB) does this mean that my external SSD drive is going to have a shorter lifespan than if it were used on Windows 7?

 

Cheers

 

dom

SanDisk Senior User
Posts: 147
Registered: ‎10-25-2013

Re: SSD as an OSX Boot Drive?

Hello, 

 

the lifespan of the ssd will not be affected however it will get full with unused data and the speed will decrease a lot and can also freeze the ssd. So what you can do then is to format the drive every 6 months to ensure that all the blocks will be empty and ready to write data inside.