Is it possible to get a SSD external drive?

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  1. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Is it possible to get a SSD external drive? If so what sizes?
     
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    Thanks for the link! One question though, why aren't there any 500GB or 1TB options?
     
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    Because 500GB or 1TB SSD external hard drives would cost around $900-$2000.
     
  5. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...aren't they expensive enough for the smaller sizes now:eek:

    The size they would be with the current density chips would make them hard to fit into too many applications...
     
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    Gotcha!
     
  7. Caels macrumors newbie

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    i was so glad to find this website, until i realised they have a dc power input... so my question would be; Are there any external SSDs on the market right now that dont require power? preferably around 500GBs?
     
  8. Dwalls90 macrumors 601

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    lol

    No :(
     
  9. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Give this thread a read. Get a Firewire 800 enclosure and pop in a SATA II SSD and you will be in business. You won't get the SATA III 500GBs speeds you are after over a FW connection, so just stick with a SATA II drive. You can just power the drive over the FW cable with no DC power with most enclosures.
     
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    For people with iMacs who want the speed of an SSD and are scared to crack open their iMac and muck around inside. :eek:
     
  12. jbyun04 macrumors 6502a

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    Do you really get the full benefit of an SSD using it externally though?
    The only real reason I'd want one is to boot my OS off it and if it has to be external I think that just kind of ruins everything.. just my two cents.
     
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    If done over a FW 800 connection, based on forum posts, it appears you get much of the benefit and a significant perceived difference in system responsiveness.
     
  14. admanimal macrumors 68040

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    Most of the perceived speed benefit of using an SSD comes from its random read and write speed, which is usually around 30-40 MB/s as opposed to 1-2MB/s for a traditional hard drive. 30-40MB/s is well within the capabilities of FW800, so you will notice this benefit even though technically the SSD won't be able to operate at full speed for sequential reads/writes.
     
  15. jbyun04 macrumors 6502a

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    ohh.. that's good to know :eek:
     

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