2 SSD's and one HDD in iMac 2011 27 possible ?

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  1. CHSeifert, Jun 14, 2011
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    CHSeifert macrumors 6502

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    Just about to receive my BTO 27 iMac 256 SSD & 2 TB HDD.

    Now that people have received theirs and conclude apple continue to use the old SATA II SSD's, I would like to purchase a Vertex 3 SATA III 240 gb drive - while still keep the DVD drive and both the original SSD and HDD - is this possible at all ?
     
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    That is not possible, as there are only three SATA ports in the iMac.
     
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    Please do nothing but wait and see what t-bolt does for you. Take a look at these photos I found them on Flicker
     

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_6 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Mobile/8E200)

    Couldn't you split a esata? Since adding the ssd+7200 rpm drive wouldn't be bottle necked by the 6gb cap? And then give the vertex 2 it's own esata?

    Sounds overly complicated though.

    And using SSS for storage seems like a waste....
     
  5. CHSeifert, Jun 14, 2011
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    I won't use SSD for storage but would like to install my OSx Lion (soon) and Win 7 + all my programs on the fast SATA III Vertex 3 ( disappointed I had to wait weeks for the BTO SSD 27 iMac just to get an old SATA II SSD old tech drive from Apple :( )

    Will then use the SATA II APPLE 256 GB SSD (probably a Toshiba or Samsung SSD) and install my most often used files on this drive.

    What I call storage files - music, movies and videos and my huge photo archive - will be on my 2 TB HDD and also backed up twice - one copy on my 2 TB TimeCapsule and another copy on my 2 TB WD StudioEdition external HDD :)

    Just looking to maximise the speed on my new and soon to be arriving iMac 27 Ultimate machine !

    I also consider the SATA split option - having the SATA II 2 TB HDD and the Apple 256 GB Apple SATA II SSD on the split, but will need power for both drives - not sure the split will deliver other than data, no power.

    I build pc's - am totally new to iMacs. But intend to maximise this beast into a harddrive/SSD monster ;)
     
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    Oki - but not sure you can boot from TB SSD drives - are you ?

    Need a fast SATA III Vertex 3 240 GB SSD to boot from or even better a TB SSD drive as you suggest. Just not sure you can boot from external TB SSD drives :)
     
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    As said above, not possible. You could however go 2x SSD's and 1x HDD internally, and get an external DVD/BD drive.
     
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    You can't split the SATA ports themselves; each SATA port is assigned to a logical device (in this case, one drive each).
     
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