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The end of the year is nearly here—see my post on Section 179 business tax deductions. Equipment must be *put into service* by year end in order to qualify, not just ordered.
2020: the year I finally moved to all-SSD for main storage
I enjoy working in quiet; I don’t like fan noise, spinning drives, etc. This year of 2020 brought that dream to fruition with a move to SSD storage.
For main storage in addition to the internal Apple 8TB SSD, I use the 16TB OWC Accelsior 4M2 PCIe SSD in my 2019 Mac Pro. That total of 24TB of SSD storage means that I never need turn on hard drives except for backups. While the Mac Pro has a very low fan noise, it is hardly heard.
Also extremely useful to me are the OWC Envoy Pro EX USB-C units—very handy for all-around use and for travel. Though I haven’t yet splurged on the 4TB model, I use the 2TB one every day for backups of key data. The new OWC Envoy Pro Elektron (as fast as it gets for USB-C) is even more appealing for travel, though I have not yet purchased one.
For backups of all my SSD master/original stuff, I use the Toshiba 14TB MG07ACA hard drives (16TB even better, but I bought my 14TB drives prior to 16TB availability). The hard drives are housed in OWC Thunderbay 4, OWC Thunderbay 6 and OWC Thunderbay 8 units (other users might like even more storage potential with the OWC Thunderbay FLEX 8).
Finally, I upgraded my server with a 4TB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD.
Representative items; a wide range of capacities is available.
$365 SAVE $334 = 47.0% Toshiba 16.0TB Toshiba MG08ACA Series 3.5-inch SATA 6.0Gb/s 7200… in Storage: Hard Drives
$299 SAVE $176 = 37.0% Toshiba 14.0TB Toshiba MG07ACA Series 3.5-inch SATA 6.0Gb/s 7200… in Storage: Hard Drives
$549 SAVE $31 = 5.0% OWC 8.0TB Mercury Elite Pro Dual USB 3.1 Gen 1 & Thunderbolt 2 R… in Storage: Mercury Elite Pro Dual