Help deciding on storage

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  1. luminouslight macrumors 6502

    luminouslight

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    So I'm a bit indecisive on how much storage I should get for my new iMac and specifically if I should make the jump to all flash or go for the fusion drive.

    I like the idea of more storage with the fusion drive but I also like the idea of no moving parts with the flash drive. I already had a bad experience with the 2012 version having a dead hard drive in less than a month.

    So what are your guys opinions? Should I make the jump and pay a bit more for all flash? Argh I hate being so indecisive! :(
     
  2. philipma1957, Oct 3, 2013
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    philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    get the flash it has a side benefit of much faster page outs if you use too much ram. use something like this for more storage


    http://www.ebay.com/itm/LaCie-d2-US...343?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3385ec88cf



    or this


    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Seagate-Bac...External_Hard_Disk_Drives&hash=item58a574ebdd
     
  3. StefanG macrumors newbie

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    At the end it will come down to how much money you can / are willing to spend for your machine. I decided to get the 1TB SSD solution (signature iMac Ivy Bridge will be returned and replaced by Haswell model within the 14 days period) because the iMac is basically not upgradable without causing warranty issues. Another reason for me was the fact that Fusion Drive does not support Windows via Bootcamp on the SSD under normal circumstances.

    Even without having an idea how to fill up the drives at this stage (using a Synology DS1812 NAS with 8 x 3TB in RAID 6 for data storage) the plan is to use all machines for quite some time without the need to replace them. Because of this I decided to get 512GB SSD's for the laptops and the highest possible capacity for the 'desktop'...
     
  4. luminouslight thread starter macrumors 6502

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  5. Aameiel macrumors regular

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    I been told that you can. I am waiting for my 3.0 dock to come in the mail so i'll let you know for sure.
     
  6. Confusius macrumors regular

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    I think people figured out how to do it - search the forums here, there's a couple of solutions around (or it may be the same solution found by different people).
     
  7. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    I have windows as a vm on an external lacie little big disk. not sure about boot camp. I run 3 different minis two with internal fusion.

    and one with the lacie little big disk as the osx booter and the windows vm using vmware. My eyes don't like iMac screens so i have a lot of minis. I have been very happy with lacie thunderbolt the little big disk and the big2 disk have work very well for me. the little big disk has a thread

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1280118

    really happy with it
     
  8. propower macrumors 6502a

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    I went 512 Flash --

    I know I am going to have external storage (ssd usb3 - maybe even TB) and 512 gets me 100G partition for OS and programs 50G for a seperate clean OS only partition and 350G for data (for me that's audio sample libraries and video from my band's shows) that I am currently working - old stuff to the NAS. Audio record disk is always separate.

    The extra $500 that I would have spent on the 1TB Flash will go into a great TB or USB3 JBOD enclosure for all the SSD's I've collected :)

    Spinning drives - even with fusion - won't even consider them :).
     
  9. luminouslight thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah I'm actually really leaning for the 512 GB flash drive. I think that will be plenty of space for the OS and for a boot camp partition. If I had a boatload of money I'd go for 1 TB flash but that's another story altogether. :)
     

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