Speed up Imac 24" with bootable SSD

Started Apr 8, 2013 | Discussions thread
Edvinas Senior Member • Posts: 2,812
Re: Speed up Imac 24" with bootable SSD

Jayfire124 wrote:

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.

This is a bad idea. You will make your system slower than your current setup. FW will be the bottleneck and SSD, hooked on FW, will be slower than HDD in your iMac.

There are two ways you could take advantage of SSD speer:

  1. Install SSD instead of your iMac HDD and then use your HDD connected through FW;
  2. Install SSD instead of DVD drive of your iMac (that would be my choice)
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