iMac and SSD question.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by amf666, Mar 19, 2010.

  1. amf666 macrumors member

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    Hi. I've got a mid 2007 alu iMac and was thinking of installing an SSD as the boot drive to try and revitalise the machine somewhat. The SSD will be for all OS/aplications, all data is on external drives. Now I know people say it improves boot time/app loading time etc but my question is this. The machine is on 24/7 so boot time is irrelevant. The apps will open much faster but if the apps are still having to fetch data off the external drives will it really be worth it? Will I be running much faster or not? Opinions please.
     
  2. mystikjoe macrumors regular

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    what data are you getting off other drive? i turn mine on alot just to see how quick it boots. photoshop 3 seconds flat took about 15 without ssd. everthing is snappy as hell i can click on everything on my dock and it all opens instant. i think hands down it's the single most important upgrade you can make. more important than a faster processor, more ram, you name it. you'll never go back after you do the swap.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    If you have the app installed into the SSD, then it'll be fast but of course when you're importing data from external HD, it'll take more time than now because of USB/FW800 limitations.

    My suggestion is to remove the SuperDrive and replace it with a SSD so you would have dual internal HDs, one for boot/apps and the another for storage
     
  4. amf666 thread starter macrumors member

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    From what I understand there would be little point in doing that as my superdrive is on a PATA interface, not a SATA one.
     
  5. mystikjoe macrumors regular

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    that sucks get a new iMac !
     
  6. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Oh, that sucks! You sure about that? Not worth it if it is true
     

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