Has anyone upgraded their imac with a dual 3.5" ssd/hd bracket?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by macman34, Apr 13, 2013.

  1. macman34 macrumors regular

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    such as this one:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...p=&AID=10446076&PID=3160356&SID=13ejjfpvj7097

    Is it worth the bother or are they *****? I am looking to upgrade my white 24" imac but I am worried that it's going to halve the already limited bandwidth to be able to use both and I don't also know how intelligent or reliable it is. This one or other similar concoctions.

    So I am looking for some feedback for someone who's been there done that.

    Maybe just ditch the whole idea and go with an ssd even at the small size I can afford and centralize storage elsewhere.
     
  2. Giuly, Apr 13, 2013
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    It doesn't halve anything, except for the physical space. You'd connect on of the SSDs instead of the hard drive, and the other one instead of the optical drive.

    As you'd need an adapter for that, I'd rather replace the optical drive with the OWC Data Doubler and install a 1TB 2.5" hard drive there.

    And the smaller size thing is relative. If your iMac has an 1TB drive right now, the 960GB Crucial M500 wouldn't be that much smaller.
     
  3. macman34 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh ok got it.

    Then I guess there was an other option that I 've been googling to no avail right now to be able to post it here that actually halved the sata connector and let the odd alone, and kinda load balanced between ssd and hd in the bracket.

    Does owc have a solution specifically for imacs? I was aware of the existence of one for the macbooks but does it work for the imacs too?

    Good idea though, I might as well ditch the optical on the imac and increase storage this way.
     
  4. Giuly, Apr 13, 2013
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    It replaces pretty much any slimline optical drive, regardless whether iMac, Mac Mini or MBP. If you have an older iMac (up to the Early 2008 model), you need a caddy with an integrated IDE-to-SATA bridge instead of the Data Doubler, though.
     
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