Speed up Imac 24" with bootable SSD

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Speed up Imac 24" with bootable SSD
Apr 8, 2013

I have a number of questions regarding my intentions to try to speed up my 24" Imac rather than replace it as I do like using the 24" monitor and funds are low at the moment. I use Lightroom 4 a lot for my post processing and have had enough of how slow it is in waiting for the image to re render once i have moved the sliders and then waiting for the processed image to show when i select it. Can I therefore operate in the following way ?

Purchase an SSD from crucial(or Samsung) and an external FW800 sata dock, clone my internal HD to the SSD then boot my imac from the external SSD (siting in the dock alongside on the desk) on a long term basis. Once cloned, copied and booted from external SSD use the internal HD on my imac as the hard drive storage for my images, movies and music. I would then like to save my images to the internal HD but run my operating system and applications from the SSD.

The reason I am asking is that I am at a point of total confusion re an internal replacement and having to worry about an adapter, the fans/cooling and the task of opening up my imac and installing the SSD. I am not very technical and am looking for the easiest solution to not open it up but speed it up with what I can purchase for it. Could someone technical also explain the sata I.II or III speed thing and getting slower speeds from an external SSD rather then an internal one as I have read on some forums that people have said not to bother doing this with an old imac as there will not be much of a difference in speed.

Anyone out there operate a system like this and any further advice/guidance please please please. I am in the UK so any further buying tips re this set up would be much appreciated.

Oh and I will also upgrade from 4Gb to 6Gb RAM.

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