What to do with new SSD?

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    I just recently purchased a SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 128GB SATA III MLC, from amazon, and Im also gonna buy the bytecc enclosure I wanted to know after installing the ssd into the enclosure what do i need to do after that, do i just plug and play or are they any apps or I need to buy or any formatting or other steps needed to ensure proper usage. Thank you so much for any help.
     
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    Simply format the SSD via disk utility and use it like you normally would.
     
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    Thank you soo much, If I wanna use my SSd for time machine can I also use it as a normal external too?
     
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    IIRC, in order to use any drive for Time Machine, it must be formatted in HFS+.
     
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    Yes and that is correct. :)

    Although I wouldn't have purchased an SSD for backup/external storage, lol.
     
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    ohh why not? I just wanted it to be light and portable! can you tell me why ssd isn't a good option?
     
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    Expensive for the amount of space, mainly.

    You get a 1TB external for less than $100 and it doesn't really weigh an appreciable amount more. :)
     
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    I know what you mean, It's just i thought because i bought my first computer/laptop with a ssd that I should also get an external with ssd too, my air only has 128gb and now its down to 40GB remaining so I thought it would be a good idea to get an external drive to thats also super fast and lightweight and wont have moving parts to break easily or lose data. I guess i'm just paranoid and wanna baby my air.
     
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    I understand completely, I half my 1TB external just over half full. :p

    I have a 256GB SSD in an external enclosure, too, so I can't really say that much. I pulled mine from my MacBook Pro before I sold it. :D

    Not to mention my other 120GB SSD just laying on my desk! :eek:
     
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    Which enclosure do you recommend, Its really hard to find a good aluminum SATA III enclosure thats usb 3.0, only one i've found is the bytecc.
     
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    From Fry's? I would go with something like this: http://www.frys.com/product/6231090?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

    I prefer enclosures with full-size USB connections on the hard drive side. Much more durable. :cool:

    I am using the USB 2.0 version of that enclosure with my 1TB.
     
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    Perfect! Thank you soo much! I'm gonna go to fry's tomorrow, so ill see what happens.
     
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    Awesome, Fry's is my second favorite store, after Micro-Center. :p
     
  14. macrumors 6502a

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    I bought a 500GB external USB 3.0 HDD for ~$50 and I can say that it weighs about the same as your external SSD in its case.

    SSDs are great, if you ue them a lot. External USB HDDs get used rarely so the SSD's price per GB is not as good an option.
     

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