SSD or FusionDrive upgrade for 2009 iMac?

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  1. mtbdudex macrumors 68000

    mtbdudex

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    Our iMac is a late 2009 27", it's the home primary desktop computer, 2TB HD and i7 2.8GHz 8GB RAM.

    It works fine but at times response seems slow, I'm guessing due to the HD.

    Is it worthwhile for me to consider upgrading to SSD or FusionDrive?

    In another post a member stated he removed the DVD drive and installed this SSD there
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/SSD7E3G240/
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  2. eduardrw macrumors 6502

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    Just as a tease - my boot time is 12 seconds with SSD.
    I did my own benchmark with rotating disk vs SSD. : rebooting with Aperture, MSWord 2011, Safari, Mail open - clicking the option to reopen the programs.
    SSD 5-6 times faster!
     
  3. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816

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    How big of a deal is storage? If you don't need over 240 gb go ssd. Otherwise I have a fusion drive in my 2007 iMac and it flies. I would highly recommend it. (120gb ssd + 500 gb hdd)
     
  4. eduardrw macrumors 6502

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    240GB SSD is large enough to hold OS X, all programs, all of my non media data.
    I keep the media (music ~200GB, photos ~250GB on the spinning disk)
    The itunes and aperture libraries are on the SSD pointing to their media on the spinning disk.

    Peferre this setup over a fusion drive which fills up the SSD to its max and then slows down to spinning disk speed.

    It is simpler to setup, more reliable and I like to be in control of what needs to be on the fast SSD.
     
  5. mtbdudex thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Does time machine back up both or just the SSD with OS X on it?
     
  6. eduardrw macrumors 6502

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    Yes! It backs up both.
     
  7. mtbdudex, Nov 5, 2014
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    mtbdudex thread starter macrumors 68000

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    SSD or FusionDrive upgrade for 2009 iMac?

    Thx for feedback.
    So time machine will Backup from more than 1 hard disk on same computer (2 internal ones)? Gotta read up on that.
     

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