Do I have a fusion drive?

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  1. bnizzled macrumors newbie

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    Hey - I just received my refurbished 27" imac. It came with a few extra goodies which I heard Apple sometimes does with their refurbished models. Awesomesauce. Ordered 8GB got 16GB, ordered 1TB, received 3TB. Question.. is it possible to find out if I have a fusion drive without opening the computer?
     
  2. marzer macrumors 65816

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    Yes, several indicators. Disk operations will be notably quicker, 3.12TB disk space instead of 3TB, two drives showing up in System Information under the SATA interface (one being a 128GB SSD and the other a 3TB HDD).
     
  3. bnizzled thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. RoastingPig macrumors 68000

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    your a lucky man does apple ever ask for these machines back if they are mistakes?
     
  5. Nismo73 macrumors 6502a

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    You lucky $&%^##(*@&. That's the i7, 3TB fusion, 16gb, 675mx version of the refurb models that's $2379.

    I ordered the base and got nuthin' but the base. :p
     
  6. dakhein macrumors member

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    You can use Terminal and enter the command "diskutil list" and note the disks listed and their sizes. Knowing you only have "Macintosh HD" there will probably be only Disk0 (assuming no optical drive, flash or external drive connected) if it is a single drive system. Disk0 and Disk1 if there it is Fusion with partition sizes in the GB range.
     
  7. bnizzled thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well they haven't called me yet ;)

    LMAO Dude! My luck doesn't come around too often but when it does it's well worth the wait. With that being said, it would've been real nice to see a 2GB video card appear in the specs hahaa. I'm a happy camper, Apple is awesome.

    I'm not seeing an additional 256 drive, looks like standard sata. Thanks for the diskutil list command, worked great.
     
  8. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    It will be an extra 128GB, not 256GB. So it looks like you got screwed more than anything else. I'd much rather have the 1TB fusion over the 16GB upgrade and a 3TB disk. I'd call Apple tomorrow.

    Be sure you're not seeing the drive in your System Info tab. Click the Apple logo, - then About this Mac, then System Information, and go down to SATA devices and see how many devices are listed.
     
  9. bnizzled thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, i've checked a couple places now. For what I paid i'm more than satisfied. I have the 7200rpm in my 17" macbook pro so i'm not seeing any decrease in performance. Free mem and disk space is always awesome. You really seem to like the performance upgrade from your ssd. When I bought this I planned to open it up and install one. I've been posting in the "Rip Those Macs Open" thread trying to figure out what my best option is. I'd like to add an ssd and keep the 3TB both internal, I might have to use an apple blade style ssd.

    And can I just make a comment on these damn speakers, simply put, wow.
     
  10. Adam22 macrumors regular

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    Doesn't the fusion turn on/boot up in 15 seconds ? And the 7200 regular hdd in 45 secs
     
  11. Nismo73 macrumors 6502a

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    With the 7200rpm, I think it depends on whether someone gets the WD or the Seagate drive.
     
  12. mlody macrumors 6502a

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    Is there a big performance/noise difference between the too and which one is preferred?
     
  13. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    There is a significant performance difference between the two. Seagate is preferred, though neither come close to SSD speeds.
     
  14. TheAppleFairy macrumors 68020

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    I wonder if it's not really a mistake. Maybe they are trying to reduce stock of some items.

    Maybe new models are in the works and they need to dump some stuff that's no compatible with future model?

    I don't know, just a thought.
     
  15. mlody macrumors 6502a

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    I actually ordered 1tb fusion drive. Are those are also a gamble when it comes to hdd or usually come with or other?
     
  16. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    Gamble, unfortunately.
     
  17. AppleNewton macrumors 68000

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    Well if you had a fusion drive it would look like this in
    Apple Logo > About This Mac > More Info > Storage

    [​IMG]


    or simply say "Fusion Drive" as my MacMini says.
     
  18. zackkmac macrumors 6502a

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    You may not have gotten a Fusion but you got a great deal. :)

    It's random though. I've had this happen too. Ordered a refurb base Mac Mini and received top spec. Never happened again though and I've bought a few refurbs since.

    I wouldn't call it a "gamble" though because the worst that could happen is you get the configuration you chose in the first place.
     
  19. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    I don't see where it's a great deal. Did I miss something?

    8GB -> 16GB RAM = ~$50?
    1TB -> 3TB = ~$100 (I'm being generous).

    To get the fusion disk is a $250 upgrade. I'd be pretty upset if I didn't have an SSD in my boot setup one way or the other..
     
  20. zackkmac macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah - you're not the OP. It doesn't sound like he cares about having an SSD in his machine at all since he didn't order one that way. Whether or not you personally want an SSD in your computer has nothing to do with this whatsoever.

    He ordered a 1TB HD and got 3TB, 3 times the amount of storage. And he ordered 8GB RAM and got 16GB, so twice the RAM. He paid for a base machine and got two upgrades at no extra cost to him. There may not be a huge price difference between the one he picked and the one he received, but his investment is worth more than what he paid. So yes, he got a good deal.
     
  21. bflowers macrumors 6502a

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    He got more than he ordered and paid for, so it is a good deal for him. He didn't order one with Fusion, so he has no reason to be upset that he didn't get one. If he had specifically ordered a refurbished with the Fusion, and got extra RAM and HDD space, then yes, he should be upset and take it back.
     
  22. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    I see. I was under the impression (for whatever reason!) he was SUPPOSED to get the fusion model. I realize that was not the case.

    Oops.

    Yeah. He did well. :)
     
  23. bflowers macrumors 6502a

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    It happens to all of us WilliamG! No biggie. I've misread things plenty of times. He seems happy with his computer, so that minor price difference for Apple translated to a very happy customer. One that is now taking the time to post on a forum how pleased he is with his Apple experience. I think it was a good deal for both parties. :p
     
  24. bnizzled thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've been logged down with design work all day, haven't had a chance to check up on the thread. I couldn't be happier. What a machine, ssd or not. Hopefully I can figure out how to keep my 3TB hard drive and add an ssd internally.
     
  25. JRV87 macrumors newbie

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    Refurb Bonus

    I ordered a Refurbished IMAC 27"/3.2QC/8GB/1TB/675MX-USA and ended up with the 2GB video card upgrade! I just happened to look just now and jackpot! Love the $150 bonus!
     

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