Suggestions for SSD and 2TB to add to base model iMac

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  1. guidoverduci, Jun 25, 2011
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    guidoverduci macrumors member

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    Just bought the base model 21.5 and I'm looking for suggestions on which 2tb HD and which ssd I should have put in? I'm looking for reliable and quiet. ANY suggestions are much appreciated. Thanks!
     
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    Hitachi 2TB HD should be quiet and fairly reliable (and cheap). As for the SSD, what capacity are you looking for? Intel 320 Series is probably the most reliable.
     
  3. guidoverduci thread starter macrumors member

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    120gb range, thanks for the tip!
     
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    I would suggest you make you subject more descriptive.

    whats your budget?

    why only 2TB? why not 3TB?
     
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    You may have better success in attracting responses to your thread, and you'll make your thread easier to find for those searching for the same answers, if you follow this tip.
     
  6. guidoverduci, Jun 25, 2011
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    guidoverduci thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry, I assumed that since I didn't say "I need to keep it under $xx.xx" that a budget wasn't really involved.

    2TB is plenty for me.

    So, just looking for 120gb-ish reliable ssd, and 2TB reliable / quiet HD. Perhaps something that someone on this forum has used and would recommend. Thanks!

    thank you for the advice! I will fix it now!
     
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    the 2TB that came in my 27" iMac is the same 2TB drive I use in my external enclosures.
    Hitachi 2TB 0F10311 (HDS722020A0ALA330) editions.
    Though I think theyre no longer available as Hitachi is replacing them with 6Gbps 64MB editions instead


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145298&cm_re=0f10311-_-22-145-298-_-Product

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145473

    Otherwise if 7200RPM isnt necessary:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145475


    I prefer Hitachi & Western Digital HDDs so the Hitachi is a great choice or any of the Western Digital Black 2TB drives will suit you just fine.
     
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    From what I have heard, Caviar Blacks are pretty noisy (but fast). May not be the best choice for iMac because of that.
     
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    hm, could be the case with some. ive had some Hitachi's that are fairly noisy but most are quiet.
    I've had good experience with WD Blacks, all silent for me.
    Hell even the 3TB Hitachi 7200RPM drive I'm testing out, is barely noticeable inside the OWC Mercury Elite enclosure.

    So it might be luck of the draw on the drive end as per usual.
     
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    The WD that has come in my new iMac is very quiet.
     
  11. guidoverduci thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks! Before I throw it in the cart, 5400rpm is just slower on the read/write? (sorry..total noob). I think I might go with the 5400 since I don't mind my media drive being slower. And for the ssd, sounds like I'll go with the intel 320 previously suggested!
     
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    Yes, that is correct. It's slower but at the same time, quieter.
     
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    If speed isnt an issue, then why not just connect a 2TB USB 2 drive?
     
  14. guidoverduci thread starter macrumors member

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    just a fan of having things inside the computer.
     

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