SSD and Caviar Green Upgrade?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Nape Dog, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. Nape Dog macrumors newbie

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    Evening all
    My first post on here so please go easy on me. I recently bought a second hand 2010 21.5 iMac 3.06 i3. It has the standard WD 500GB Caviar Blue drive in it and I am looking to both expand storage and increase general performance (I have already upped the RAM to 12GB).

    I have bought a Vertex 2E SATA II Solid state drive 120gb which i am planning on running the OS and Apps etc. I am uncertain whether to replace the Superdrive with this or try to install under the Superdrive.

    I also have a WD Caviar Black 1TB (WD1001FALS) which i planned on replacing the WD Blue with to store data. My concern with this is whether the drive will be too loud. The iMac is in my bedroom and i can already hear a faint hum at night so don't want the noise to increase.

    I also have 2TB and 1TB Caviar green drives which i could use as the storage. I am aware that these are quieter but also slower than the Blue/Black drives.

    My questions are:

    1 - If i am happy to lose the Superdrive, is the a benefit to the extra hassle of installing the SSD underneath it and keeping it? I think i read that the SSD will run at the same speed whether through the Superdrives SATA connection or through the extra SATA connection I'd have to add.

    2 - If the mechanical HDD is being used solely for storage, will there be a significant difference in performance whether the Green or Black drive is used on the basis that the SSD will be doing the harder work?

    I have looked through the forum to see if these questions have been asked and i think i am correct on the first question (just looking for extra reassurance) but i am not so sure on the second so any advice/info which you can give I'd be grateful for.
    Many thanks
     
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