Ssd fw800

Discussion in 'iMac' started by excommie, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. excommie macrumors regular

    May 12, 2009
    I got the a Corsair 120GB SSD with the intention of installing it inside the Mac. Before doing this, I booted my iMac from the FW800 / SSD inside an Onyx FW800 enclosure. I don't see any reason to open the iMac - Word, Excel, iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes all open up in a single bounce. Lion boots in 20 seconds (core2duo 2.8). I know the benchmarks will show the FW800 bottleneck, but this system is a lot faster with the FW800/SSD combo than it ever was using the internal HD.
  2. user418 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 22, 2010
    I can see the smile on your face from here.....

    The performance boost provided by an SSD and or more RAM is quite noticeable. After watching the videos I don't know that I have the savvy to replace the HDD in my iMac. Not quite as easy as upgrading the MBP.
  3. Ace1024 macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2011
    If you want a cheap option, try the seagate thunderbolt adapter. It's much much faster than the firewire adapter (i.e. about 80% of internal ssd speed which is still SATA 3), and better utilising that ssd goodness.
  4. Nova Sensei macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2012
    So for the tech-unsavvy amongst us (ME!), you are booting from an external SSD?

    This seems like a pretty good option for somebody like me who should not be allowed to take a screwdriver near anything.

    What capacity would one require to hold the OS and a few key apps?
  5. excommie thread starter macrumors regular

    May 12, 2009
    1. I am booting from the SSD via FW800 (external SSD)
    2. Currently using about 40GB of 120GB (Lion, MS office 2010, iLife, iWork, Gimp, Handbrake, Screenflow, Toast, Elgato evetv and a couple of other apps that I use often)
    3. I cannot use Thunderbolt, since my iMac doesn't have it (core2duo 24 inch)
  6. Nova Sensei macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2012
    Great, thanks for the info!

    Would be great if a cheap Thunderbolt ssd would come out some day!

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