Booting from SSD...

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Tonecrafter, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. Tonecrafter macrumors member

    Nov 1, 2011
    Is it possible or even advised to use an external SSD as a boot drive? If so, how do you go about doing it?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    It is possible, as you can do the same with an external HDD.
    If you have an SSD in an external Firewire 800 or ThunderBolt enclosure, you will see speed gains, even with the "slow" FW 800.
    Once you put the SSD into the enclosure and connect it to your Mac, you either clone the existing OS (maybe except the user account you use, but with a new admin account, as it will probably less storage space taken than your user account) to the SSD or you just reinstall Mac OS X onto the SSD.

  3. Tonecrafter thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 1, 2011
    Thanks for the input. I looked on newegg, but didn't see much in the way of FW800 enclosures. I'd like to go Thunderbolt, but it's expensive and I don't see many options available.

    Any suggestions?
  4. jmcgeejr macrumors 6502


    Oct 7, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    Sadly nothing that is affordable right now, give it some time now that windows boxes will be coming out with TB too.
  5. philipma1957, Jan 10, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2012

    philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    the best external thunderbolt will cost you.

    here is a thread. btw i built a few of them.

    here are photos of them when I put them up for sale on ebay. none sold I am using them as boot drives for my two mac mini servers

    note to the mods I am not selling these items they are not listed on ebay for sale.

    these are what a diy builder can do today if he does diy.

    the lowest cost fast setup would be about 600 to build.

    a pair of 64gb ssd's can cost 200 a lacie is 400 so 600.

    frankly it is a lot of money this is why no one wanted to buy them even the 512gb size was costly.

    if you buy a pegasus r4 from provantage it is 991

    you can set it up any way you want with 3 of the included hdds and put a ssd in tray you emptied. so 991 plus 150 for a ssd is

    about 1150 for this you get 4 1tb hdds and 1 ssd like this

    this is a costly setup but you get real speed the ssd with 3 hdds as storage
  6. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Give it a month or so. OCZ and El Gato announced some external TB SSDs at CES.

    Here is the El Gato device.

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