256 SSD + 512 SSD External

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  1. curtoise macrumors 6502a

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    I'm planning to order the 5k iMac and I have a question about the SSD.

    If I add the 512GB SSD from apple I'll need to pay extra $270 for the drive but I can add a Crucial or Samsung from Amazon with a USB3 enclosure and 512GB for just $200-$220 and that twill bring total capacity of internal 256GB SSD + 512 GB SSD = 768GB total.

    My question is if anybody know how slow will be that 512GB External SSD with the USB3 enclosure, I do not do any heavy work on the computer, I'm a web developer so I code, design, mail, family videos and photos, etc.

    Is the external SSD a better deal or it will crash in speed? It should be much better than a regular external HDD right?
     
  2. theSeb macrumors 604

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    It will be perfectly fine, as long as you get a USB 3 enclosure that supports UASP (or UAS protocol). There is nothing to fear. Yes, it will be MUCH faster than an external hard drive.
     
  3. curtoise thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I also just bought that same item for a 512GB SSD. A Micron mx100 in my case. Works awesome!
     
  6. curtoise thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, are you adding it as an external to your iMac? what SSD?

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    Great I'm planning to add the Crucial too, 512GB SSD with this enclosure, I hope speeds are good.

    Do you know the reading writing speeds for this enclosure and SSD on USB3?
     
  7. theSeb macrumors 604

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    No, I use it to store a clone drive for my rMBP, but it is a good enclosure and will work fine with an SSD.
     
  8. curtoise thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks I wonder what reading-writing speeds the enclosure will give you with SSD
     
  9. theSeb macrumors 604

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    It will be very close to the native speeds of the SSD, as if it was connected internally in your iMac. I would not be concerned about it, since it costs ~ $20.

    If you find that it hampers the performance of whatever SSD (and most likely it won't) you buy, then you can always upgrade to a better enclosure in the future and keep this one to hold a backup or a clone drive, but this enclosure will be perfect for the uses that you have mentioned.
     
  10. curtoise thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you, right now after cleaning tons of junk from my current SSD I'm at 150GB of space used, I have all movies and photos on external and the cloud, I think I'll save some money and go for the 256 SSD on the 5K iMac and then when/if needed I'll add a 512 SSD external with this enclosure, SSD prices will keep going down so we can see 1TB at 300 mark within a year or so, I think it will be better this way.

    I'm buying the enclosure right now to test with a 128GB to test it out.

    I was concerned about the reselling value of the iMac with 256 or 512 SSD too.
     

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