SSD via USB3

Discussion in 'iMac' started by monokitty, May 31, 2014.

  1. monokitty macrumors regular

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    #1
    Is anyone running an SSD (Crucial, Samsung) via USB 3 on their iMac as their primary boot drive? How do you find it? How do you compare it to a SATA-connected SSD internally? (Obviously PCI-e is faster in the new Macs.)
     
  2. slayerizer macrumors 6502a

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  3. Fishrrman macrumors G5

    Fishrrman

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    The OP asks:
    [[ Is anyone running an SSD (Crucial, Samsung) via USB 3 on their iMac as their primary boot drive? How do you find it? ]]

    I have a late-2012 Mini, not an iMac.
    But I've booted and run the Mini for a year and a half now via USB3, using an SSD in a USB3/SATA docking station.
    It boots and runs fine. VERY fast.

    [[ How do you compare it to a SATA-connected SSD internally? ]]

    The Mini has only an HDD internally, so I can't offer a comparison. But except for a slightly longer boot time, there won't be any noticeable speed difference.

    My suggestion is to try it.
    I think you'll like it.
     
  4. p3ntyne macrumors 6502

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    If you can, try to use thunderbolt.

    The speed difference will be non-existent to small however, you SSD will be able to take advantage of TRIM.
     

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