SSD of choice for a 2009 iMac

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  1. djtofu macrumors newbie

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    So, after lots of consideration I've decided to relocate my superdrive as an external and replace it with a 240-256gb SSD. The questions I have are:

    1- I know SSD with a SandForce controller would be my best bet, but if so which brands would you recommend in terms of price/reliability?
    2- Are there issues with installing the OS onto the SSD? I've read online with some users using their 10.6.3 install disks, it would not read/find the SSD.

    Thanks.

    Alan
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    1. They are all more or less the same drives with different logo on them. This is currently the cheapest
     
  3. finnschi macrumors 6502

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    Ive tested a couple and the best are the following 2

    1. OCZ Vertex 2 128Gb $200 285mbit read 280mbit write (SandForce)

    2. Real SSD 300? 128Gb $250 320mbit read 170mb Write (marvel)


    if you need high write speeds choose the OCZ , if you need high read speeds choose the Real SSD ... thats about it
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

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    That's if you have SATA 6Gb/s. iMacs don't. With SATA 3Gb/s, the read performance is very similar

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/3681/oczs-vertex-2-special-sauce-sf1200-reviewed/5
     
  5. djtofu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all your input. Now is 120gb enough for installing the OS and applications? And should I install my VMs onto the SSD or secondary drive?
     
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    Depends how much apps do you have. You can find out the size of you app folder by right-clicking Applications folder and selecting Show Info. Most likely the 120GB will be more than fine. You can install VMs to the SSD as long as there is enough space
     

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