RAID 0 2xSSD bootdrive with Thunderbolt

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Quasher, May 21, 2011.

  1. Quasher macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2011

    I just received my 2011 iMac with every option except the SSD here in Finland.

    I was thinking about the option to get an external Thunderbolt bootdrive (when they're available) for few reasons.
    1) In RAID0 2xSSD will perform much faster than a single Sata III SSD
    2) Wouldn't need to open my iMac and purchase the required parts and tools
    3) Corsair Force 3 SSD has a lower €/GB price in 120GB model than in the 240GB model
    --> 2x120GB cheaper than 240GB

    So basically I could "finance" some part of the External Thunderbolt drive enclosure by the savings I make with 1) getting 2x120GB instead of 240GB and 2) not buying the extra parts, tools and maybe service for installing internal SSD.

    What do you think about this solution?
    Can I boot both OSX and Windows 7 in bootcamp from Thunderbolt?
    Can I partition the RAID0 setup for OSX and bootcamp? (never used RAID setups before)
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Pretty sure Windows won't boot from an external. Not sure about OSX as no one has tested it yet but it probably will.
  3. timtom33 macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2011
    Can i just ask how is your new machine? Is it responsive enough with just a HD? Or do you notice a lot of lag and bottleneck?

    (I also didn't order with an SSD because it was too expensive and i think 256GB is too big for OS and Apps, also i have never owned a Mac before and wouldn't say i am going to be doing anything too intense on it majority of the time, but everyone on here does keep saying SSD is the only way to go for them, so i'm feeling remorse even though i've not even got it yet and it doesn't arrive until Wednesday!).
  4. MrWillie macrumors 65816


    Apr 29, 2010
    Starlite Starbrite Trailer Court
  5. wessew macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2010
    Agree with all the above. The port is first generation, the drives will be first generation and you are within a couple of months of a new operating system. Unless you new iMac is a toy/experimental machine you should let the technology mature a bit.

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