What if you can't boot from external SSD?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by timtom33, May 20, 2011.

  1. timtom33 macrumors member

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    What is the point of an external SSD via TB if for some reason in the future it is not possible to boot from it?

    It just becomes a low capacity (compared to HDD's) but very fast storage drive for music, movies etc.. which wont make much sense... I'd rather have a 2-3TB HDD as an external drive storing my music, videos, photo's etc, but this will in turn make TB under utilized as a HDD doesn't need a 10GB bandwidth..

    Just trying to understand the point of TB a bit more... bootable SSD is possibly the main thing everyone wants...
     
  2. Domino8282 macrumors 6502a

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    I think you may have answered your own question. ;)

    I read somewhere that they are fairly certain that TB drives will be bootable, but that nobody has been able to test and verify this.

    You're exactly right, the only point would be if you needed really fast access to media. Most people would opt for a larger, slower drive.

    That being said, TB will still be great for a SATA-III RAID enclosure holding standard hard drives. And of course, TB supports daisy chaining of displays and other devices. Its applications certainly aren't limited to SSDs.
     
  3. simsaladimbamba

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    TB is bootable, as is Firewire and USB, at least on Mac OS X.
    Btw, TB isn't just meant for HDDs (which could be raided, thus faster speeds), but also for other devices like displays and what else will come to the market. It is not limited as USB or Firewire is, and one day could be the one interface to connect all peripheral devices.

    And the ability to daisy chain up to six devices, cuts down on the numbers of actual ports.

    There is more to TB than just fast access. Didn't you find ONE article explaining some of it?
     
  4. Domino8282 macrumors 6502a

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    This sort of thing isn't helpful.
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    What? A question? Since Apple introduced TB on their Macs, articles and discussions have been appearing left and right about the advantages of TB. And since Intel released the first info about LightPeak information has been available about this technology.
    I just asked, if the OP did some research, which can also be understood as hint to do it of course. But there are always four ears listening I suppose.
     
  6. iSayuSay macrumors 68030

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    What if you can't boot from external SSD

    Then we're doomed !! :p

    As long as os x bootable from FW or usb external drive, so does thunderbolt

    Thunderbolt is kinda Apple's pride. Yeah intel is the main engineer, but apple is the one who applied it first for consumer products

    So they wont ditch bootable ssd via thunderbolt. That would be a blunder. And somehow i wont use or purchase external SSD unless its thunderbolt

    Anything less??? FAILL :p
     
  7. TechnoDestructo macrumors member

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    Its possible.
     
  8. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    if T-bolt is not bootable I will spend more time learning windows 7. Then I will buy a pc and not run it with osx 10.6 or 10.7
     
  9. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    LOL! I shot milk out of my nose.

    Best sarcastic joke post of the day! You win.
     

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