SSD or hard drive with Time Machine

Discussion in 'iMac' started by arncalars, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. arncalars macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2013
    My first Time Machine configuration on my iMac.

    Having internal SSD it´s a step backwards to connect spinning external hard drive for back-up.

    I lean towards the LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt SSD.
    But I´m not sure if an external SSD is the right choice with Time Machine.

    Since Time Machine continues to back up, the drive will eventually fill up over time.
    But I have read that I should avoid filling up an SSD, since writing the same sectors will reduce lifespan dramatically.

  2. Fishrrman macrumors G4

    Feb 20, 2009
    An SSD is pointless for a Time Machine backup. The speeds mean nothing. It's only a backup.

    For TM, you want an HDD that has as large a capacity as you can afford.

    Also, thunderbolt is pointless as well. Expensive and no advantage to be gained by using it -- none.

    USB3 will be fine for this...
  3. arncalars thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2013
    Thank you Fishrrman.

    useful reply. I knew something wasn't right with SSD backup.

    Regards Lars

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