What hard drive option did you select for your riMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by AR86, Dec 23, 2014.

  1. AR86 macrumors member

    Dec 7, 2014
    Just curious to get opinions as i've set my heart on getting one and it's 100% going to be the i7 with the 4gb GPU but that leaves me little room for movement when it comes to budget for storage i'll more likely than not go for the 256gb SSD as I think it'll be enough for my internal storage needs but what did you guys get? assume most skipped the fusion drives
  2. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    1TB Flash, but only because I had money to burn
  3. craig1410 macrumors 65816


    Mar 22, 2007
    1TB Flash.

    Fusion is pretty good but pure flash is better. No point compromising on what is already a high-end machine. Tough decision though...
  4. matreya macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    512GB Flash...

    My system volume is only 290GB, so I didn't see the point in spending more for the 1TB flash...
  5. Steveatesh macrumors regular


    Oct 29, 2014
    North east England
    I went for the 1tb Fusion. I didn't have the budget for the 512 ssd and I don't think the 256 is big enough. It's the only thing I've wondered about, have I done the right thing putting a spinning drive into an enclosed unit. On the plus side the storage is huge and it makes backup easier for me. So now all data stays on fusion,backed to an external drive through timemachine and a NAS too. Just want one more for certainty and I'll be happy as I was with the PC in terms of data safety.
  6. teerexx52 macrumors 68000


    May 1, 2005
    Florida West Coast
  7. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    I went for the 512GB SSD in both my 27" (retina and non-retina), and 256GB SSD in my 21.5".

    I stay away from any form of spinning storage for reliability reasons.

    Besides, I need the pure speed.
  8. fathergll macrumors 65816

    Sep 3, 2014
    I went with 1TB Fusion because I was able to get the base rImac for dirt cheap($2300, no tax, free shipping).

    With a custom order I would go with 3TB Fusion in a heart beat for only $150 more.

    Really depends on your needs. If you didn't have external storage then I wouldn't even consider anything less than 512 GB..... 1TB or 3TB Fusion would be your best bet.
  9. Mindinversion, Dec 24, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2014

    Mindinversion macrumors 6502


    Oct 9, 2008
    My version has 1TB fusion, but I have a. . "modified" 512GB SSD external USB 3.0 that I have used as a boot drive.

    Honestly, the performance difference was so slight that I ended up just staying with the Fusion drive, though admittedly I don't really have enough data to actually FILL the 128GB SSD section of said drive.

    [by Modified, I mean I have a crucial 512GB SSD that I have installed in a seagate external USB 3.0 enclosure]
  10. Cape Dave, Dec 24, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2014

    Cape Dave macrumors 68000

    Nov 16, 2012
    512GB. Never a second thought. Would have gotten the 1TB SSD if $$$ was no object :)

    There some really good deals on really good 2.5 512GB SSD's around usually, so I got one of those for my external drive. USB.

    Moving from the 256 to the 512 guarantees a Samsung SSD.!
  11. RUQRU macrumors regular


    Apr 14, 2011
    Mac Addict!
    I went with the i7 / M295X and 256GB SSD. From past experience I knew that would be enough for the OS and Apps. Everything else is either on a 4TB RAID TB drive or less used apps are on an external SSD connected via TB. I had the Samsung 840 SSD from a PC I sold for parts.

    This setup works great with no lags or problems.
  12. onefish2 macrumors member


    Oct 10, 2006
    Nanuet, NY
  13. bjmoose macrumors member

    Oct 4, 2011
  14. boast, Dec 25, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2014

    boast macrumors 65816


    Nov 12, 2007
    Phoenix, USA
    256gb. I keep mostly everything on my NAS.

    I had 256gb on my mbp for a year and I never used more than half.
  15. icemantx macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2009
  16. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    512 GB SSD with 3 TB external HDD storage.

    Been like this since 2012, except my external died once. Best way to go IMO.
  17. cincygolfgrrl, Dec 26, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2014

    cincygolfgrrl macrumors 6502


    Apr 2, 2012
    Somewhere In Time
  18. bwsteg macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2012
    Queens NY
    512 SSD. Even though 60GB is more than enough for me. In reality all I need is whatever is needed for OS plus 10GB...
  19. tillsbury macrumors 65816

    Dec 24, 2007
    1Tb SSD, if that hadn't been an option I probably wouldn't have gone for it. My old rMBP was 768Gb and getting hard to manage. The last five computers I've had have been all SSD and there was no chance I was going back to hard disks.

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