Which eSSD would you recommend?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by madthras, Nov 8, 2015.

  1. madthras macrumors newbie

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    Any specific External SSD you guys would recommend for me?

    I got iMac 5k
     
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    If you just want something for OS X boot drive and use your iMac's internal storage for everything else, even something cheap like this SanDisk Extreme will do the trick. I was amazed at the performance – I bought one so I could have an OS X diagnostics thumb drive. It's like an SSD; apps open instantly and stuff like that. Really impressive performance for USB.

    Otherwise if you're looking for something a little larger or better performing, there are a number of external Thunderbolt SSD enclosures, but they're very pricey.

    May I confirm why you didn't upgrade to an SSD in the first place on your iMac? If you're buying external SSDs you're going to be paying even more than the BTO would have been.
     
  3. madthras thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I bought 1TB fusion drive (budget issues) and the SD is like 24GB, I want to store Games/Boot-up etc on the SSD, so I need an external one
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Just grab either a Samsung EVO 850 or a Crucial MX200 SSD and throw it in a USB3 enclosure that supports UASP like this by Inatech and you will be good to go.

    For your described usage there really is no need to spend the extra money for a Thunderbolt SSD enclosure. A USB3 enclosure will be very close to the same speed. The only downside it USB does not support TRIM, but that won't be an issue the way you are using this drive.
     
  5. Sirmausalot macrumors 6502a

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    OWC claims their SSDs don't need trim as the drives are configured to keep optimal performance with their controllers. http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/MSU3SSD240GB/
     
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  7. matreya macrumors 65816

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    A Samsung 850 EVO (do NOT get the 840 EVO even if its cheap, it's got dodgy firmware) inside a USB3 enclosure should do the job nicely.
     
  8. jgo78 macrumors 6502

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    i just got a 500gb Samsung 850 EVO and an vantec enclosure usb3 and I'm getting about 399 write and 430 read speeds
     
  9. AppleHater macrumors 6502a

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    Get Samsung T1. ITB is about $400-500. No need a separate enclosure
     
  10. matreya macrumors 65816

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    Do you actually own one? Have you read about the fact that Samsung require you to install software onto your Mac/PC before you can even format the drive? I know it looks sexy and compact, but it's requirement to install a driver, a plugin and an application to format the drive is a big minus to me.
     
  11. AppleHater macrumors 6502a

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    I had although I returned it as I decided to wait for a bigger 2tb version. It worked very well and surely fast not to mention sooo small. Yes, you need to install a driver but I don't see a big deal about it personally. My mac also has a NTFS driver so that it can read NTSF HDD.
     
  12. matreya macrumors 65816

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    I would expect the NTFS driver would be updated to work with newer versions of OS X, I use Paragon's one, and it is updated regularly. I wouldn't trust Samsung to be so prompt.
     
  13. Cody1992 macrumors member

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    I know you won't like this but return it and get the 2TB fusion, I don't see why not, it'll be cheaper than buying the external drive and bonus you won't have to use an external drive! I am keeping external drives in mind for down the road, I wouldn't want to buy a new computer and use it right away. Maybe if you were putting a completely different OS on it.

    I understand the budget issues, but then again it's going to cost a few hundred more getting the external.. the only thing I can think of is that you want a 512GB SSD or larger...

    edit: NEED a 512Gb or larger.
     

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