Boot-SSD external on imac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Nejmann, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. Nejmann macrumors member

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    Hello :)

    I just got a ssd harddrive and case (fw800) from my brother, and I own a imac mid 2010, is there a way i can make the ssd harddrive the first drive/boot drive as external, and then have all my date on the internal standard 1 tb drive?
     
  2. wheezy macrumors 65816

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    Yep, just install Lion onto that drive, and then choose it to be the boot drive from System Preferences > Startup Disk.

    However, I think your'e going to be disappointed in the speed you're expecting. While FW800 has some decent data transfer rate, it's severely severely limiting the capabilities of your SSD's total speed.

    What you should do is go to OWC and get the Data Doubler (OWC Link, take out your SuperDrive and put your SSD in its place. Being directly connected via SATA will give you the full speed of your SSD vs the crippled speed of FW800.
     
  3. Nejmann thread starter macrumors member

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    But isn't alot faster then the 5400rpm standard drive? I don't want to open the imac, and i'm consittering buying a macbook pro in the end of the year, and put the ssd in that?
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Yes it will be. Even thought eh FW800 will somewhat limit the speeds of the SSD, it will still be much more responsive than the internal HDD.
     

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