iMac 2010 - adding an external SSD via FW800 - enclosure?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Roger73, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. Roger73 macrumors newbie

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    hey

    I have a 2010 iMac 27" and thought I'd speed it up running OSX from an external fw800 attached SSD with an enclosure - bus powered rather than the internal 1Tb disk.

    Anyone done this?

    Worth doing?

    or should I crack it open and add an SSD internally?

    thanks
     
  2. Outrigger macrumors 68000

    Outrigger

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    I think its pointless to add an SSD and run FW800 since that interface is so slow and would be the bottle neck. Its like driving a sports car in rush hour traffic, doesn't matter how many HP your car has, you can only go as fast as the traffic (interface) allows.
     
  3. wmy5 macrumors regular

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    Although FW800 will certainly be a bottleneck, you will still have a boost from HDD because of shorter response time flash storage brings to you. But, open your iMac and install a internal one is a far better choice IMO.
     
  4. Roger73 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok

    ok, so internal SSD is the way better option.

    would it be better to sell it, and get a mac mini and external display?

    probably cost a lot less than a new iMac.

    thanks
     
  5. JohnnyComeLatly macrumors member

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    I have a Mac mini which has been upgraded (by me) to an OWC SSD drive. I use a 32" LCD as the "monitor." It's extremely fast. Albeit, you've given completely different scenarios, so not sure which is the best for you.
     

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