1. robertk328's Avatar
    The OP posted they had a 2011 27" iMac which is what my response was based on. That and the fact I owned the same iMac. The platter speed was 7200.
    Yup.

    Slow 2011 imac-screen_shot_2016-04-13_at_5_33_33_am.jpg

    My Mini was 5400... thing was slow!
    firedept10 likes this.
    04-13-2016 05:35 AM
  2. farb12's Avatar
    I have an Mid 2010 mac 3.06GHz i3 with 4gig of ram. Its getting so slow i cant hardly stand using it, constant spinning wheel. What are your thoughts on $300 upgrade for a SSD and 16gig of memory. Just dont want to waste $300 on a upgrade if doesnt make a big difference. Ive been pricing new macs and I just can pull the trigger. Looking at close to 2000 for 16gig with a fusion drive.
    05-14-2016 09:48 PM
  3. firedept10's Avatar
    I have an Mid 2010 mac 3.06GHz i3 with 4gig of ram. Its getting so slow i cant hardly stand using it, constant spinning wheel. What are your thoughts on $300 upgrade for a SSD and 16gig of memory. Just dont want to waste $300 on a upgrade if doesnt make a big difference. Ive been pricing new macs and I just can pull the trigger. Looking at close to 2000 for 16gig with a fusion drive.
    The $300 will be worth it. I have a 2007 iMac that I upgraded with an SSD and maxed out the RAM. I had no regrets doing it and the iMac still runs like a charm. If you don't want to spend the money on a new iMac it is a great option for you. It will make your iMac feel like a new machine. Plus give you a few more years out of it.
    05-14-2016 10:25 PM
  4. farb12's Avatar
    Any tips on migrating the just the OS to the new drive? Also is there any reason I couldn't use this SSD drive externally after I finally decided to get a new Mac?

    Thanks
    05-15-2016 06:38 AM
  5. SprSynJn's Avatar
    I have a question about external SSD drives. If you were to mainly use it for the OS, what would happen if it were to suddenly unmount? Would the system just lock up? That worries me a bit.

    Very helpful thread by the way.
    05-19-2016 09:50 AM
  6. anon(153966)'s Avatar
    Hmm, brilliant question, I'd like to know, too...

    I have a question about external SSD drives. If you were to mainly use it for the OS, what would happen if it were to suddenly unmount? Would the system just lock up? That worries me a bit.

    Very helpful thread by the way.
    05-20-2016 06:52 PM
  7. SprSynJn's Avatar
    OK so I bit the bullet and bought a 128GB SSD drive on sale to run OS X off of. I may have jumped the gun though as I now realize that 128GB is not enough to copy all of the necessary files. I originally wanted to just run the system off the SSD and keep all my other files on the HDD, but I seem to have run into a bit of a road block. I didn't take into account that the screen names include all the files associated with them as well. My screen name is over 250GB in itself. I read somewhere where someone linked the files to the SSD, but I am not sure what that entails.

    Does anyone have any advice to give?
    05-26-2016 05:39 AM
  8. robertk328's Avatar
    I have an Mid 2010 mac 3.06GHz i3 with 4gig of ram. Its getting so slow i cant hardly stand using it, constant spinning wheel. What are your thoughts on $300 upgrade for a SSD and 16gig of memory. Just dont want to waste $300 on a upgrade if doesnt make a big difference. Ive been pricing new macs and I just can pull the trigger. Looking at close to 2000 for 16gig with a fusion drive.
    Sounds like a great upgrade and will get you several more years out of that machine. External won't be nearly as fast as internal, though I understand your hesitation to open the device. Lots of good info in this thread already
    05-26-2016 05:59 AM
  9. robertk328's Avatar
    Any tips on migrating the just the OS to the new drive? Also is there any reason I couldn't use this SSD drive externally after I finally decided to get a new Mac?

    Thanks

    Carbon Copy Cloner. Or use Recovery Mode to add OS X to your new hard drive and copy your documents, music, etc., folders separately. You'd have to reinstall all apps.
    05-26-2016 06:01 AM
  10. robertk328's Avatar
    OK so I bit the bullet and bought a 128GB SSD drive on sale to run OS X off of. I may have jumped the gun though as I now realize that 128GB is not enough to copy all of the necessary files. I originally wanted to just run the system off the SSD and keep all my other files on the HDD, but I seem to have run into a bit of a road block. I didn't take into account that the screen names include all the files associated with them as well. My screen name is over 250GB in itself. I read somewhere where someone linked the files to the SSD, but I am not sure what that entails.

    Does anyone have any advice to give?
    can you exchange the drive?
    05-26-2016 06:08 AM
  11. SprSynJn's Avatar
    I'd rather not as I'm trying to be optimistic in attempting to get around the problems I've mentioned. I have found out that making alias for folders will work if they replace the folders on the SSD drive. Unfortunately it's not as simple as replacing the Users folder as a whole. I'm experimenting at the moment and will report what I can if people are interested.
    afctee likes this.
    05-26-2016 10:23 AM
  12. robertk328's Avatar
    I'd rather not as I'm trying to be optimistic in attempting to get around the problems I've mentioned. I have found out that making alias for folders will work if they replace the folders on the SSD drive. Unfortunately it's not as simple as replacing the Users folder as a whole. I'm experimenting at the moment and will report what I can if people are interested.
    Your choice. but if I have a drive that's too small NOW I can only imagine it would be worse later. Keep us updated!
    05-26-2016 01:32 PM
  13. SprSynJn's Avatar
    That would require me to buy an SSD as big as my hard drive, which is 1TB. That defeats the purpose of utilizing a hybrid system does it not? Why would I do that if the purpose of me buying this SSD drive was to run the system only? I just wish Apple would allow us to run a Fusion Drive like system on usb.
    05-26-2016 09:34 PM
  14. robertk328's Avatar
    That would require me to buy an SSD as big as my hard drive, which is 1TB. That defeats the purpose of utilizing a hybrid system does it not? Why would I do that if the purpose of me buying this SSD drive was to run the system only? I just wish Apple would allow us to run a Fusion Drive like system on usb.
    Heck if I know, I've never seen your system to know you needed 1TB. You asked a question, then asked for advice, which I gave.

    FWIW, I have a 500GB SSD in my Mini, and use external for iTunes, photos, etc. My MBP is 256GB with about 60GB used but it's only a month old.
    05-27-2016 06:57 AM
  15. Steve Adams's Avatar
    I have been wondering about this as well. I am dying to get rid of my windows stuff now, so I have been looking at used 27" imacs. I know my mini was fine when I had it in 2011. I am guessing that a 2011 imac with a big SSD and maxed ram will be fine. what about older airs. I have been looking at getting a 13" air for my wife and I and then when the time comes sell them and get the new stuff! I JUST WANT MAC NOW! Ha ha...I sound like my kids!
    06-14-2016 05:23 AM
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