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News Archive for Thursday, Nov. 1st, 2012

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Report on Fusion Drive (DIY) with Mac Pro:
(reader mail today regarding yesterday's Fusion drive on older Macs? YES!)
"Fusion Drive on Mac Pro 2010
Hi Mike, I followed the manual from Patrick Stein and was able to create a fusion drive from a 60GB Vertex 2 SSD and a 1TB Seagate ST310005 in my Mac Pro 2010 (2.8 GHz). Both drives are internal (bay 2 and 3).
   I did not check the performance, I only wanted to know it is possible to create one. It is possible to create a 'Fusion Drive' on "older" Mac's as Patrick suggested.
regards, Jako"

I asked he report back if he sees any problems in later use. (The Apple FAQ on Fusion drives notes the only "repairs" possible on a Fusion drive is a volume erase. And being the first try at this I wonder about bugs and reliability but would be interesting to play around with.) The doc also said the Disk Utility version with the new macs was 'unique' and that earlier versions couldn't be used w/Fusion drives. (It didn't have a Fusion drive setup, but a 2012 Mini I saw had DU version 13 (444).)
(Update: Jako later replied to the Apple doc info on Disk Utility/repairs, etc. Although I don't think his Fusion drive was actually 'damaged' (corrupted, etc.), he said he had ran the standard OS X 10.8.2 Disk Utility version's 'repair' on his Fusion drive. I've added the above and his later (long) reply on a separate page.)

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FYI: Software Update/App Store had Safari 6.0.2 (w/security fixes) today - installed on 1 mac here but some thought it had been pulled or were getting an "NSURLErrorDomain" Error. Here's a tip for that you can try:

NSURLErrorDomain error (tip)
I also got this error when trying to update Safari & Aperture through the App Store.
I did get rid of the error by quitting the App Store, then launching Activity Monitor and using that to kill the process called "storeagent". After that, restarted the App Store, tried to update again, and it seems to be working fine now....

A reply also noted that helped.

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