External SSD Upgrade 2015 4K iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by alexxn, Jun 10, 2016.

  1. alexxn macrumors regular

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    I basically stole a 6 Month old 2015 4K 21.5" iMac, way too good of a deal to pass up.

    The downside - it has the 5400RPM spinning HD. I have 2 options:

    1) Flip it (I could easily make $300 by reselling) OR

    2) Keep it (to replace my 2008 iMac that has an SSD I replaced) and add a Lacie 250GB external Thunderbolt SSD to use as my boot drive.

    Thoughts ? From what I'm reading TRIM WILL work on an external Thunderbolt SSD ?

    Thanks !
     
  2. rbart macrumors regular

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    Trim will work with an external TB SSD. You will have to use trim force command to enable it.
     
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Many people here use this method and really love it so no reason why not it's even damn good on some USB 3 enclosures.

    Of course you can pay an apple authorised technician to replace your HDD with an SSD instead if you like, it has a SATA connector so should be fairly easy for someone who knows what they a re doing.
     
  4. alexxn thread starter macrumors regular

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    Maybe down the road after the 1 Year Warranty is up, or if I decide to get Applecare once that is over.

    For now I just ordered a Lacie 250GB TB drive and I'll use the built in 1TB for Time Machine.
     
  5. alexxn thread starter macrumors regular

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    Got my Lacie TB SSD Drive Today (gotta love Amazon Prime) and cloned everything -

    This iMac FLIES now, made a HUGE difference ! I'm speechless. It's as fast as my rMB Pro.

    Well worth it guys, thanks everyone !
     

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