I grabbed a 6g Samsung SSD 256gig drive on sale

canonwire

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I'm going to rip out the optical drive and install the SSD in that slot for my 2010 27" iMac

Does anyone here know if Samsung drives can be booted off of? I remember reading somewhere only certain SSD drives have the right controller to be a boot disc. I didn't think about this until after I purchased the drive.

Any idea?
 

joe-h2o

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Absolutely. I know several people on these boards have installed Samsung 830 series drives and are very happy with them.

There were issues with the big Samsung drives and the Thunderbolt GoFlex adapter, possibly related to the power supplied by the adapter, but internal mounting of the SSD has no such issues - it will work just fine.

You don;t have to remove the optical drive, even in the 2010 model - the SSD can be attached to the third SATA port on the logic board and mounted behind the optical drive.

Here's a thread showing a guy who did just that:

http://hintsforums.macworld.com/showthread.php?p=594347
 

canonwire

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yeah i saw that link. little nervous pulling the board apart so i think im going to go with the easier solution and yank the dvd drive out. :eek:
 

ivnj

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I have the same exact thing.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/190659720805?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2648#ht_2016wt_1265

And this hard drive.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271010680266?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2648#ht_483wt_1415

I made an offer for 23 and he accepted. Works on my mini i5 2.3ghz 8gb ram. Boots too. Super easy to install. Installed 10.8 mountain lion on it works super fast despite being in usb enclosure.

And this enclosure.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/360375715707#ht_2306wt_1139

Works great. One hd and one cd. But I already have the cd so the cd to hd adapter is my other ssd booting 10.8. And the 500gb regular hd for time machine.