faster on firewire or sata3?

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  1. zoran macrumors 68030

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    I want to make an ssd as a primary drive for my mid 2010 iMac (11.3)! Will it work faster if i place it in an enclosure on the firewire port, or install it inside the iMac in the Sata3 port? (Like shown in the OWC video)
     
  2. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a

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    SATA III is gonna be much faster than FW 800, no contest. SATA III maxes out at 6 Gbps while FW 800 is of course 800 Mbps.
     
  3. zoran thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Ok, btw are we certain that my iMac inside has a Sata3 port or might it be a Sata2?
     
  4. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a

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    Actually now that you mention it, the 2010 iMacs used SATA II and not III. In any case it's still much faster than FW 800.
     
  5. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    So SSD on SATA II internally for boot/OS/apps and FW800 external drives for large libraries and Time Machine backup (unless you are using something like a Time Capsule or NAS).
     

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