Morning. I Have A Question In Regards To Booting From An External SSD

Discussion in 'iMac' started by HarlemWorld, Oct 25, 2015.

  1. HarlemWorld macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2015
    I have done extensive research. I searched up and down this forum.

    I have seen many conflicting reports.

    This is my situation. I purchased a Late 2013 iMac with 1TB Hard drive for a ridiculous price.

    The price worked out to be $198 Cash out of my pocket.

    I also have a 2012 Macbook Pro. Which i opened and did a Maxed out Ram upgrade and put a 500GB SSD in. That was a piece of cake. I was looking into swapping out the iMac SSD and Ram. But from what im reading I cant because my computer didnt come with a SSD. So it doesnt have a bracket i need or something. I decided that I didnt want to void my warranty so Im holding off on tearing it apart.

    As an Alternative. I was looking into External SSD options. when researching i saw that you cannot have over a certain GB of SSD becasue of power issues. Is this true? What GB SSD should I get. My main goal is to get a Samsung SSD and install El Capitain on it. That way My computer moves way faster.

    What are the best SSD options? I was looking at this Samsung T1 Portable 500GB

    Is there a significant difference between 3.0 and Thunderbolt?

    I would appreciate some guidance.

  2. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    I boot from an external 500gb ssd housed in a TB enclosure. It's so much faster than the internal drive. Never heard of any capacity restrictions.
  3. HarlemWorld thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2015
    Thanks. What TB exnclosure do you use?

    I was looking for a fairly priced one.
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Don't "over-think" this.

    The Samsung drive will be fine.

    You will be VERY satisfied with its performance.

    Just buy it, set it up as desired, and plug it into a USB3 port.

    Boot and run the iMac that way, and you will have a very fast machine.

    Especially considering the price you paid for it.

    Thunderbolt will be -marginally- faster when booting as an external device.
    But only "marginally", the difference from USB3 -WILL NOT- be significant.
    But you'll pay half again as much (or more) for only 10% more performance.
    Is it worth that to you?
  5. HarlemWorld thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2015
    Just went ahead and bought the samsung drive. Thanks man. I was over thinking it.

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