SSD for 2008 iMac

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So my iMac is very slow, which is to be expected for a 7 year old computer, and after looking at various threads about how to speed it up I'm thinking my best option is to replace the original HD with a SSD. So I would like recommendations on a SSD to put in there. I'm in college so I don't have a lot of spare money, so I'm thinking a smaller SSD for the OS and apps, and then using an external drive for any large storage needs.
 

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I was thinking around $100 or so, I can put up with my current one for a bit if someone convinces me I should go with a more expensive one and I need to save up a bit.
Well, if 256GB is enough space I would say that's your answer. Since it's a desktop, and you won't need portability the idea of using a separate drive for large data is not a bad one. You could even re-task your old drive for it if you buy an enclosure ($12-$15) at the same time that you buy your new SSD.
 

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Well, if 256GB is enough space I would say that's your answer. Since it's a desktop, and you won't need portability the idea of using a separate drive for large data is not a bad one. You could even re-task your old drive for it if you buy an enclosure ($12-$15) at the same time that you buy your new SSD.
I think the 256GB is plenty of space, and I was already thinking of getting an enclosure as well just to make it easier to transfer data off of the old drive.

Since I see the SSD you linked to is a 2.5" one, does it require any sort of adapter to work in the iMac, or did those iMacs already use 2.5" drives?
 

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I think the 256GB is plenty of space, and I was already thinking of getting an enclosure as well just to make it easier to transfer data off of the old drive.

Since I see the SSD you linked to is a 2.5" one, does it require any sort of adapter to work in the iMac, or did those iMacs already use 2.5" drives?
I would double check to see if there is a teardown on ifixit.com. But I would imagine the original drive was 3.5. Here's a link to an adapter on Amazon for $8:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001EHNG36/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2QFQY9UE28V3G&coliid=I1WYAXKFJ2JMOD&psc=1