anyone here who purchased an imac 27" i7 with ssd and hdd

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  1. JSmoove05 macrumors 6502

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    I was wondering if anyone here who purchased this setup from apple. Did the OS and Ilife come installed on the SSD or the HDD. Also how was the speed with the SSD thinking about selling my current imac 27" fall 2009 for the updated with ssd and hdd.
     
  2. Jazwire macrumors 6502a

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    Everything on SSD, HD was blank.

     
  3. JSmoove05 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    do you know how much room was left on the SDD drive with everything preinstalled on it once you received it?
     
  4. CXsjr macrumors regular

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    I have this setup; I cannot be sure but I recall a figure of around 234Gb free space before I transferred any of my files across. This also seems to tally roughly with the cumulative file sizes of all those folders where my files are now stored, added together with my current free space, if that makes sense ....

    Hope this helps :)
     
  5. JSmoove05 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    how was the speed of everything using the sdd is alot faster then using the HDD.
     
  6. SiliBear macrumors member

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    I have one of the new iMacs with both the SSD and the 2 Terabyte secondary drive. Works wonderfully, super fast startup and shutdown, application loads are instantaneous as if they were prefetched.

    That said, I kinda wonder why it starts and shuts down a little slower than my similarly equipped SSD drive MacBook Pro purchased only a few months earlier. I don't quite understand why it would....so if anyone here can help illuminate, I'd appreciate it.

    The MacBook Pro (4 gigs ram) SSD computer probably takes about 10 seconds to boot up after pressing the power button, max. That isn't an official time, just an estimation. Press button, wait about 10 seconds and you're fully operational. Shutdown takes probably a full second. That's right, 1 second. Blazingly fast.

    The new iMac (8 gigs ram) SSD primary drive (with a 2 terabyte second drive) might take 2x as long to start as the laptop. No idea why, but it's still a good bit quicker than my most recent iMac purchase (the latest machine from about 6-8 months prior). I tested this when I first got the iMac and had both side by side to see how much quicker the SSD would be by starting both simultaneously. Shutdown on the SSD iMac takes only a few seconds....lets guess maybe 2-3 seconds.

    Why these two machines aren't equal in startup and shutdown, I have no idea. That said....the SSC iMac starts and shuts down much faster than the HDD versions of old, but not quite as fast as the SSD MacBook Pro. Launching applications on both machines is instant, regardless of the application.

    Oh...and iLife did come installed on the SSD. The HDD was entirely blank.

    Hope that answers your question.

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    If you're thinking seriously about getting the new iMac...I can't recommend it highly enough. Toss in extra ram while you're at it. I got 8gigs and am so glad that I did. (I also got the i7 processor). I have had a half dozen mac applications open simultaneously, including running an MMO, while also launching and running parallels and Windows 7...with a few applications open and operating on the Windows side. All at the same time, all without even the slightest hint of any slowdown whatsoever. I have to say that this new iMac is simply the most capable computer I have ever sat in front of at any time. I couldn't be more pleased with it. Big, beautiful, capable, unbelievably fast...I couldn't imagine how to make a nicer machine. Totally smitten here.
     
  7. CXsjr macrumors regular

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    It's difficult for me to comment on this as I've actually not had any need to use the HDD yet. Yes, this machine is massively faster than the G5 it replaced but that's obviously more to do with everything else than an SSD over an HDD.
     
  8. Tom Sawyer macrumors 6502a

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    I have a CTO 256gb/1TB i7 on order, hoping to have her by next week. I've had a lot of computers but nothing compares to the elegance and simplicity of the iMac. It's exciting that they are now coming with such a great amount of power and good options (2 drives, SSD etc). When I made my final and fully committed switch to the Mac in '07, it was to the 24" C2D 2.4ghz iMac (have had a number of macs over the years but always as a 2nd play machine to whatever my gaming/coding rig was at the time). I have a feeling that my new 27" i7 is going to be my favorite.

    One thing worth checking is the brand/model of the SSD in your MBP compared with the iMac. AFAIK, Apple uses OEM Toshiba SSDs. They seem to be pretty solid drives, but not necessarily the fastest out there. I had an 8 core Mac Pro 2.8ghz with an Intel 80gb G2 and thought it was fast. I then got the itch to do a Hackintosh so sold the MP and built up a nice little i7 920 system, clocked to 4ghz with an 80gb OWC Mercury Extreme SSD and the difference was unreal. This is not an exaggeration, my boot time was so fast I actually never saw the cycle circle animation below the Apple logo on the boot screen! Now of course it was a very fast machine with the overclock but even at stock speed (2.8ghz) it didn't make it through one cycle before the desktop appeared.

    My plan is to upgrade the SSD in the iMac to the new SandForce drive when they come out: SF2000 Next-Gen. There is no doubt that will make a very nice difference over the stock SSD.
     
  9. Tom Sawyer macrumors 6502a

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  10. DLary macrumors member

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    I have iLife, Office 11, Aperture, and assorted utilities loaded on my SSD. So far I have used 43GB with 207GB available.

    If your iMac seems to take longer to boot up try using Snow Leopard Cache Cleaner and delete all of your caches. My iMac with an SSD boots in a few seconds, I get about 1 turn of the spinning wheel before the desktop comes up.
     

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