Adding a second SSD to 2012 iMac?

R1PPER

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Hi guys, I'm currently using a Lacie rugged 256 SSD as my primary OSX startup. Its great, i like the way the mac is working. I want to add another SSD for Boot Camp as windows 8.1 is slowwwww running from the 2gig internal. How can i do this as i only have ONE thunderbolt port and NO usb3 options.

Any help on the subject is more than welcome.

Thx
 

SaSaSushi

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Swap out the 256 for a bigger SSD?

Although I have two Thunderbolt ports on my Late 2013 iMac, I am using just one with a 512GB SSD in a Thunderbolt enclosure partitioned half and half between OS X and BootCamp.
 

WilliamG

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Swap out the 256 for a bigger SSD?

Although I have two Thunderbolt ports on my Late 2013 iMac, I am using just one with a 512GB SSD in a Thunderbolt enclosure partitioned half and half between OS X and BootCamp.
Which SSD are you using, and did you need a powered enclosure to make it work? I had read that for larger than 256GB SSDs there were issues...
 

hfg

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Which SSD are you using, and did you need a powered enclosure to make it work? I had read that for larger than 256GB SSDs there were issues...
Lacie now has a "Rugged" SSD in 500GB size ... bus powered Thunderbolt and USB 3.0. I have one and the internal drive is a Samsung EVO 840, which has lower power demands (and slightly less performance) than the more power hungry 840 Pro. This LaCie "Rugged" enclosure also boots Windows without any problems.
 

SaSaSushi

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Which SSD are you using, and did you need a powered enclosure to make it work? I had read that for larger than 256GB SSDs there were issues...
I'm using the Samsung 840 EVO and am using it in an AC-powered Delock 42490 enclosure. I have also done some testing with the same SSD in an Inateck bus-powered UASP USB3 enclosure and it seemed to work fine in the limited usage. As hfg said, the EVO might be OK on bus power. Personally, I don't know that I'd want to run even an EVO 500GB+ full time on bus power though.

Sorry, I don't know very much about the Lacie. I wasn't aware it was bus-powered when I suggested the SSD swap.
 

R1PPER

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Thanks for the info guys. I will digest and let you know how it goes.