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Old Nov 28, 2012, 04:01 PM   #1
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No other SSD options but 768 in 2012's?

And these are not user serviceable/replaceable right?

So Apple is REALLY pushing for Fusion over pure SSD?

Frustrating if so.
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 04:09 PM   #2
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No, they're not officially user-replaceable, though I'm sure that it'll be technically doable at the risk of voiding the warranty. It's also true that the Fusion drives are a lot less expensive than the SSDs, so that's what I'll be getting. However, Apple could easily introduce more and/or cheaper SSD options in the coming months, since that won't affect the iMac's form factor.
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 04:38 PM   #3
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I have a 256GB SSD in my MacBook Air and once you start to load up photos, videos and music it quickly fills. I wouldn't be interested in an iMac with less than 512GB SSD and even then I would be hesitant.

768GB would be OK but my wife would have a fit when she saw the bill coming through on the credit card.

The Fusion Drive appears to be a great way to combine speed and capacity.
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 04:43 PM   #4
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No, it sucks. What if you want bootcamp with both partitions on a fast SSD? Not to mention less heat from an SSD-only system...

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If we could choose between fusion and pure SSD, it would have been fine. As it is now fusion drive is huge pain in the ...
If you want windows 7, games and bootcamp, fusion drive is a big disappointed.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 03:18 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. I could absolutely live with a 256GB SSD, that is PLENTY of space for my OS and applications. I fully intend to have my media on an external drive.

One other consideration, the 3TB Fusion drive does not support bootcamp:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5446?v...S&locale=en_US
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 03:34 PM   #6
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If you're desperate for a non-$1300 SSD, you should sit tight and not order until you see what OWC is doing. If it's easy enough to open the case they may have a solution for you.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 03:58 PM   #7
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I'm going the Thunderbolt road. Same price for 256 gb SSD (probably the same hard drive - Samsung 830 series) + Seagate GoFlex adapter
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 05:13 PM   #8
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One other consideration, the 3TB Fusion drive does not support bootcamp:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5446?v...S&locale=en_US
Ugh. Thanks for the heads up, I wasn't aware of that. Though at least they give hope saying not at this time.
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Old Dec 4, 2012, 04:06 PM   #9
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Ugh. Thanks for the heads up, I wasn't aware of that. Though at least they give hope saying not at this time.
Welcome. I went with the 3TB Fusion for now. I'm not happy about it, hoping I can split them into logical drives or put in a real SSD down the road, but it is what it is for now....
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Old Dec 4, 2012, 04:19 PM   #10
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Ugh. Thanks for the heads up, I wasn't aware of that. Though at least they give hope saying not at this time.
The boot camp issue with the 3 tb is really frustrating. I don't have the cash for the full SSD.

I want to keep bootcamp for gaming. I would like the 3tb fusion, I guess I could just get it on the basis it will be fixed, but then again it may never. I suppose I will end up with 1 tb ad then just expand files onto an external or usb3 when I need to, but given how space requirements always go up I would prefer not to.
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Old Dec 4, 2012, 04:21 PM   #11
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If you're desperate for a non-$1300 SSD, you should sit tight and not order until you see what OWC is doing. If it's easy enough to open the case they may have a solution for you.
You win one (1) Internets.

This is the correct answer, folks: Just treat the HDD like RAM. Buy it with the minimum and have OWC aftermarket you the upgrade. This is how I plan to get to 32GB RAM and 512GB SSD... for a heck of a lot less than thirteen pounds large. From Apple's CTO, get the CPU and GPU upgrades if you like, since it makes sense to do those at the factory.
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Old Dec 4, 2012, 04:25 PM   #12
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I got the 3TB fusion and have been thinking how im going to configure my storage needs, after much thinking i have a plan. Im going to replace the 3TB HDD with a 512GB SSD. I will use the 128GB SSD for my bootcamp/windows drive then use the 512GB SSD for OSX and Apps. I will then buy a thunderbolt enclosure for my media library and i will use the 3TB drive that i take out of the iMac in it. I will back everything up to a 4TB USB3 external.
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