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

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

  1. Roger73 macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2012

    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?

  2. Outrigger macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2008
    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

    Oct 27, 2012
    upstate NY
    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

    Dec 13, 2012

    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.

  5. JohnnyComeLatly macrumors member

    Nov 12, 2010
    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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