SSD or hard drive with Time Machine

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

  1. arncalars macrumors member

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    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

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    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

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    Thank you Fishrrman.

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

    Regards Lars
     

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