Ext SD Drive for Boot and Applications

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  1. garycurtis, Mar 2, 2013
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    garycurtis macrumors 6502

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    Two retailers with whom I have credit don't carry any iMacs with Fusion Drive.

    Would it be practical for me to buy one with just a 1tb drive and boot from an external SSD? I would also park applications there.

    What are the complications and what would I be missing by not having a genuine FD?

    Tired of waiting.
     
  2. Teut macrumors newbie

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    I am using a thunderbolt adaptor for my SSD to run it external. Its very fast, close to identical to an internal one.
     
  3. trustever macrumors 6502

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    Mate pay attention to the size of the SSD, in this forum someone pointed out that a SSD of 512GB drains to much power and often does not work, try searching the forum as your question has been discussed exensively
     
  4. Dduval macrumors regular

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    I have been using an external seagate thunderbolt adapter with a 256gb samsung pro for the last couple months with absolutely no issues.

    Just be sure to go with the Samsung Pro SSD's as they use the lowest power of any ssd on the market.

    Very happy with these speeds...

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  5. garycurtis thread starter macrumors 6502

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    An Apple representative at the Best Buy store informed me that the new iMac won't boot from an external drive. This forum seems to contradict his statement.

    If I can boot externally from an SSD, I'm buying a 27" i7 with only a spinning 1tb tomorrow. Will the ext SSD boot? Yes or no?
     
  6. PavelT macrumors member

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    i wouldnt trust anything the guys at best buy have to say. that much i would say. you definitely could boot externally.
     
  7. phoenixsan macrumors 65816

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    You actually.....

    can boot from external SSDs via TB. But some enclosures/adapters have presented issues. So, investigate throughfully before make any decission....


    :):apple:
     
  8. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    "An Apple representative at the Best Buy store informed me that the new iMac won't boot from an external drive. This forum seems to contradict his statement."

    ANY Mac can be booted externally. The person who spoke to you, quite frankly, didn't know what he was talkin' about!

    You can boot quite rapidly via USB3 and an SSD.

    An external SSD drive is a good choice.
     
  9. garycurtis thread starter macrumors 6502

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    One last question. Aside from booting, can an external SSD be used a "scratch drive"? For purposes of digital photo programs such as Lightroom and Aperture?
     
  10. Nuke61 macrumors 6502

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    Yes, an external SSD via TB or USB3 is essentially no different than an internal drive.
     

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