Flash memory in iMac? iMac air? How do you do data recovery?

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  1. biggd macrumors 6502

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    Hey guys
    After today's MacBook air and it's flash memory, do you think apple will make a similar iMac air? Just a big screen that does basic stuff?

    Plus is the flash memory exchangeable?
    Can you remove it and slave it for data recovery? Or is the info lost if the memory crashes?
     
  2. Jeremy1026 macrumors 68020

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    iMac Air? The iMac isn't a portable computer. Making it smaller and lighter isn't really a big concern. The iMac is the mid-level desktop computer, main reason that you won't see the iMac Air is because of the "desktop" thing.
     
  3. 300D macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, thats why 98% of the components are mobile parts.
     
  4. biggd thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Haha ok I just said "air" to imply it would be super small, not portable.

    But what about that Flash?
     
  5. Jeremy1026 macrumors 68020

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    No, "98%" of the components are mobile parts because it is an all in one, thus, limited space.
     
  6. al2o3cr macrumors regular

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    I'm interested in the special math you use to get from Superdrive + RAM to 98%.
     
  7. Hellhammer Moderator

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    False. Only RAM, GPU and SuperDrive are mobile parts. Hard drive and CPU are desktop components.
     
  8. 300D macrumors 65816

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    False. Every component on the logicboard is a mobile part.
     
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    Right. What about the DESKTOP CPUs used in the current iMac line?


    No to slaving it. Yes to losing the data in case of a crash, but if a mechanical HDD crashes, data will be lost too, thus backing up is a strategy to employ to fall back to.
    http://www.appleinsider.com/article...macbook_air_shows_six_internal_batteries.html
     
  10. admanimal macrumors 68040

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    I'm not sure about the i3 and i5 models, but the i7 model uses a desktop CPU.
     
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  12. Meldar macrumors regular

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    Not sure about how to backup/replace the proprietary flash chip in these new MacBook Airs...besides the obvious (to the former).

    As for "iMac Air," seems like a silly idea. The Mac Mini is already a small form-factor desktop designed to do basic things for the everyday person with limited desk space, just as the iMac is designed to do a little more for people who don't want to buy a monitor and want better processing power and a little more graphical horsepower without shelling out half a month's income on a Mac Pro.

    The i7 is a desktop CPU, for sure. I know there are i5 models for desktops, and am not sure about the i3; I'm also not certain as to which chipsets are used in the iMac...but as it's a desktop, preliminary thought process tells me it's more likely to use a desktop-grade CPU...or what would be the point of all the iMac components designed to be a step up from the Mini?

    Gone are the days when budget-level desktops are basically notebook technology in a plastic case. I have a couple mid-2000 Optiplex systems at home, and both had equally interesting freakout reactions when I attempted to make them iHacks. Apple never really got on board with that...usually, you get what you pay for (including but not limited to the logo on the shiny aluminum back).
     
  13. Hisdem macrumors 6502a

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    This stopped being true over a year ago IIRC...
     
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    I fail to see how RAM, ODD and GPU is 98%
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    That looks bigger than µATX
     
  16. Meldar macrumors regular

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    "mu ATX" huh...that's a new one on me :p

    Interesting that I've never seen the inside of an iMac. That doesn't look like any form factor I've seen before. Figures. Everything's proprietary these days (hence the speculations on where this new modular flash HD will go from here...)
     
  17. mjsmke macrumors 6502a

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    You mean the iPad???????
     
  18. Colonel-Panic macrumors newbie

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    The "mobile parts" are to keep the all-in-one thin... Not because they are trying to make a mobile desktop computer. I'm not meaning to come off argumentative but it just seems that you are trying to support the OP's iMac Air idea with your comment that Apple uses mobile parts. Clearly, when Apple is increasing the size of displays over the past few years the trend is not pointing to an iMac Air, regardless of what internal parts they are using.

    I don't think we'll be seeing an 11.6" mobile iMac at any point in our life time. But, I'll eat my hat if I'm wrong.
     
  19. TMRaven macrumors 68020

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    Apple could implement the SSD like they did on the macbook air to save space. They could continue the very rudimentary process of stripping down the SSD to just the flash memory on the inside, then soldering it onto the logic board. That could possibly save some thermal stress/space so they could start using bulkier/buffier GPUs in their iMacs. Right now the trick is price, considering flash memory is still expensive. Sure they could get away with the 128-256gb the air has, but iMac customers will be expecting 1tb of flash memory.
     

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