Connecting an SSD to iMac

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by MarkieMark92, Mar 25, 2014.

  1. MarkieMark92 macrumors regular

    Dec 17, 2013
    London, UK
    I have a Macbook Air with an SSD drive in it and an iMac with a hard drive in it. The iMac I use for games sometimes but find that when booting my iMac up it takes about 3 times as long to boot. I know as its a 2012 iMac I can't take it apart to install an SSD internally but if i brought a external SSD like the Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt SSD edition would I be able to move the operating system to that and boot from that and would it be faster?
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Most definitely faster. Just attach the TB SSD external and clone the whole internal disk to the external then option key boot to it. Then go to System Prefs and in Startup Disk set the SSD as the boot drive and you will be good to go.

    There is a thread here with a bunch of folks who did the same thing along with some speed tests.

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