Mid 2011 27 inch iMac question

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  1. Bast65 macrumors newbie

    Bast65

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    Hi, seems like my external backup drive is failing in my imac. was thinking I could buy a thunderbolt drive of 1tb (which equals my internal storage) or greater and backup my music, photo's etc... and THEN format the internal hard drive and start with a fresh os.
    my thinking is that ultimately the imac will be a little snappier....true????
    when I was pc this often seemed to lead to better performance on the same rig...
     
  2. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 6502a

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    Very.

    When I had that model I used a Silicon Power Thunderbolt drive externally, cloned everything over and then made the internal my backup drive with a partition for beta testing new operating systems from Apple. Twelve South Dock make a great little 'bench' that attaches to the leg of the iMac to seat the TB drive on.

    Go into System Preferences > Startup Disk and select the TB as the boot disk. Only vagary is when a Software Update comes along from Apple, it always updates the internal, and on reboot starts on the TB drive.
     
  3. Bast65 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Bast65

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    Thanks for your quick response. would something like this help?
    Transcend 2TB Thunderbolt USB 3.0 External Hard Drive for MAC (TS2TSJM300)

    or a ssd? mid 2011 has firewire, thunderbolt (1.0) and usb 2.0

    what's my best bet for, ultimately, a time capsule like device? or will running from the thunderbolt be MUCH faster, and put os on there?
     
  4. nambuccaheadsau, Apr 9, 2017
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    nambuccaheadsau macrumors 6502a

    nambuccaheadsau

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    Never USB 2 too slow which is why I recommended a TB SSD.

    Yes an SSD isvery much faster with read up in the 500's and write about 250. Problem is you will not get them in 2TB sizes.

    I used a Silicon Power 256GB model as I am not into photos, music etc., and it was ample.

    Here is a page from Amazon on several types of Thunderbolt external SSD, but take a deep breath before checking prices. Cheaper than a new Mac:-


    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B...=apple-thunderbolt-20&linkId=IFZOYV6ADXXRPCNJ
     
  5. cobracnvt macrumors member

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    A thunderbolt drive is a pretty big investment for an older computer. You didn't say how much actual data you have, but a USB 2 or firewire drive on your will be much cheaper than a thunderbolt connected drive and will work. It will just take longer but the money you save could go towards getting a newer Mac in the future.

    If you definitely want to go Thunderbolt, another option that may have other uses for you would be a Thunderbolt dock. I personally haven't used one, but I have been thinking about getting one. A dock would give you multiple USB 3 ports which would give you good speed using less expensive USB 3 external drives.

    I did a quick search and ran across a few articles that talk about the current docks http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-thunderbolt-dock/ and this is an older article reviewing older Thunderbolt 1 docks: http://www.macworld.com/article/209...nnect-your-macbook-to-your-other-devices.html
     

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