What SSD?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Highdom_MAc, Jun 21, 2017.

  1. Highdom_MAc macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2017
    I've got an iMac 21.5 Late 2012 with an HDD 5400 rpm (soo bad!). I usually use audio editing and music production softwares. I need an upgrade to a SSD.

    Could you advice me some models with a good quality-price ratio?
  2. wmy5 macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2012
    upstate NY
    Are you planning to buy an external SSD or an internal one?
  3. iemcj macrumors 6502


    Oct 31, 2015
    Get a 512gig ssd to use inside your computer. Any 2.5 inch ssd will work but many will suggest the Samnsun 850 Evo series. Then get an external harddrive to use for bulk media storage.

    Go HERE for more info on how to do this yourself. If you're uneasy looking at this then I suggest finding someone who knows what they're doing, it's not crazy hard but if you're not technically inclined, you can break stuff.
  4. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Alternatively you can use any SATA SSD externally via a USB 3 dock as your boot drive, then use the internal HDD as additional storage. It'll be almost as quick as fitting internally and it saves the belly-ache of ripping apart your iMac.
  5. Highdom_MAc thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2017
    Internal one.
    yes, i've seen lot of people has the Samsung 840 Evo SSD inside their iMac. Any other models? Just to be different ahah

    I'm going to ask to a shop in my city, they are good
  6. iemcj macrumors 6502


    Oct 31, 2015
    Personally, I'd pay the extra few bucks and get the rock solid reliable Samsung. There's plenty of companies that make them, I just don't want a 2-3 thousand dollar machine and to have my biggest weak point to be a cheapy ssd I bought to save ten bucks you know?
  7. Highdom_MAc thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2017
    Of course...so what model do you recommend? 840 Evo?
  8. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    The 840 has been replaced by the Samsung 850 EVO. Also take a look at the Crucial MX300. Either are pretty good bang for the buck.
  9. billyturtle macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2009
    I just replaced the HDD in my 2010 21.5 iMac last night.

    I went with the OWC kit. Blazing fast machine now. Probably added 2-3 years of life to my machine.
  10. mazdamiata210 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 28, 2014
    Samsung 850 evo is the best drive you can get right now for a reasonable price. If you can afford it go with the Samsung 850 Pro for faster write speeds.

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