fusion drive setup questions

Discussion in 'iMac' started by chewwie, Jul 2, 2014.

  1. chewwie macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2014
    Hi guys:

    i hv this question thats bothering me for a long time. i want to get an iMac for our house, i would use it for entertainment and gaming while my wife occasionally does her photo re-touch with adobe in OSX. I want both speed and capacity on both systems, however i can only install windows on the HDD with boot camp. which will b slow in windoes. so i come up with this solution:

    1. disable the fusion logic volume, hv the drives separated to the ssd and hdd. split both drives into 2 partitions. lets call them ssd1 ssd2 and hdd1 and hdd2.

    2. and then i was thinking combining SSD1 and HDD1 to a new logic fusion drive and install OSX on it. and then use boot camp to install windows on partition SSD2 and use HDD2 for storage. so that i get both speed and capacity on both system. has any1 done that b4? or is that even possible to do? or if any1 got a better solution for it?

    Or should i just disable the fusion setup and split the SSD to 2 partitions then install both systems on SSD and keep the whole HDD for storage?

    you suggestions and thought will b much appreciated.

  2. hfg, Jul 2, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2014

    hfg macrumors 68040


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    The Fusion SSD portion is only 128GB ... too small to effectively split for dual operating systems. What you suggest is possible and I have done it, but with a larger SSD in a DIY Fusion installation.

    I would get a external Thunderbolt SSD and simply put my Windows environment on that, and leave the Fusion drive as-is for OS X. You can determine what size SSD you need for your intended Windows usage.

    For additional Windows bulk storage, you could either use BootCamp to create a "non-Fusion" partition on the internal hard disk (much as you would do to create a BootCamp installation on a Fusion drive), or add another external hard disk drive.

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