Experiences to date with BTO SSD+HDD iMacs

Discussion in 'iMac' started by clumeng, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. clumeng, Dec 3, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2011

    clumeng macrumors member

    May 14, 2010
    Due for an upgrade for my 2008 iMac and have the gateway drug to SSD (Macbook Air). I watched all the threads anticipating the delivery of the BTO SSD+HDD iMacs this year. Looking forward to 27" of goodness.

    How are peoples experiences so far now that we are many months in? Still a buy?

    Sounds like the way to go is to link key folders on the SSD to the HDD.

    Also saw the excellent advice to backup the SSD to an HDD partition with superduper.

    Any other tips or things to be aware of before I pull the trigger?

    (usage - photoshop, image editing/management, general office work that is non CPU intensive so going for i5 2.7)

  2. philipma1957, Dec 3, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2011

    philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    yes consider this option


    the lacie is really a better choice for iMac users.

    get your iMac with the biggest hdd internally and the best graphics card and the best cpu.

    this as an add on is far better then the internal ssd option. buying the internal ssd in an iMac is now quite foolish as a bto option

    Pm me on how to diy one.

    in fact in 1 week I will make a long thread on why you no longer need or want an internal ssd in an iMac.

    right now the only option is a diy lacie little big disk. but next week this comes out.




    these will all connect to these 3 units

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/MEQMH0GBK/



    all will boot an run raid0 or raid1 you can drop in a pair of small ssds in them and have bus driven power with ssd speed about 200MB/s is top but the apple ssd inside is 240mB/s . So you can bring your files from work to home and replace a bad ssd in 1 minute and you lose just a little speed. or go with the lacie and have far faster speed then apple offers.
  3. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    The iMac was updated in May, so it's pretty far into the cycle.
    The plan for the next release is never known, but it's believed the next revision will come early next year.
  4. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    this true he could wait or he could get a refurbished one and add on the lacie for his ssd


    this is marked down by 350. grab some ram here


    buy the lacie and diy it into an ssd and he would be in good shape
  5. clumeng thread starter macrumors member

    May 14, 2010
    Hmmm. Very interesting solution - thunderbolt changes everything I guess. Only downside is that it takes up desk space but if the thunderbolt cord is long enough I guess I can stick it somewhere out of the way.

    I like the idea of having control of the SSD replacement without taking the iMac apart.

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