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# 205661 22-Nov-2016 08:40
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I have a 2011 iMac which I cannot be bothered buying all the tools and swap out the internal HDD with SSD, I am curious if having an external SSD via thunderbolt as system HDD is actually feasible and worth doing?

 

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  # 1675350 22-Nov-2016 08:47
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I doubt the Mac has the facility to even boot from another device other than the internal HDD and DVD drive.

 

It wouldnt be as fast or reliable as an internal HDD remember. Would slow the operating system up a lot and have a bit of latency i feel given its through the Thunderbolt interface.


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  # 1675351 22-Nov-2016 08:53
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A bit of communications latency is likely to be less than the latency of a physical disk.


 
 
 
 




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Master Geek


  # 1675361 22-Nov-2016 09:13
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I see, thanks for the advise guys, looks like it's not worth doing


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  # 1675371 22-Nov-2016 09:35
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TimA:

 

I doubt the Mac has the facility to even boot from another device other than the internal HDD and DVD drive.

 

It wouldnt be as fast or reliable as an internal HDD remember. Would slow the operating system up a lot and have a bit of latency i feel given its through the Thunderbolt interface.

 

 

Macs will happily boot from an external drive,

 

and going to SSD via thunderbolt is a very common method to speed up old machines

 

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3643551

 

an SSD on thunderbolt, will be significantly faster than the internal HDD


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Master Geek


  # 1675866 23-Nov-2016 10:25

Can also confirm this works without any issues.  You could use something like Clonezilla to clone your internal drive to the Thunderbolt SSD.  Once you've done that (it will take a while), reboot the machine, hold down the option key and select the Thunderbolt SSD from the boot menu.  You should be away laughing!


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  # 1675937 23-Nov-2016 11:34
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Hi variable,

 

 

 

Let me know how you get on. I have a 2011 iMac as well that could do with an SSD boot drive. Not sure if it will work with Windows 10 though.

 

 

 

Thanks.


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Master Geek


  # 1675945 23-Nov-2016 11:47

NotReally:

 

Hi variable,

 

 

 

Let me know how you get on. I have a 2011 iMac as well that could do with an SSD boot drive. Not sure if it will work with Windows 10 though.

 

 

 

Thanks.

 

 

Providing the drive is bootable, you should be able to boot into Windows without an issue.


 
 
 
 


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  # 1675962 23-Nov-2016 12:22
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I've booted a 2010 macbook from a USB SSD drive without issue, as part of the process of cloning from hd to ssd. did it several times before going through process of swapping out drives - worked fine.

 

 





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Ultimate Geek


  # 1675970 23-Nov-2016 12:41
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I once installed mac os on a flash drive. an external thunder-port ssd drive will work perfectly fine




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Master Geek


  # 1675973 23-Nov-2016 12:43
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That's great to hear guys, are you get nice performance boost?

 

my next question is where do you suggest to get the parts from, looking at the thunderbolt enclosure they are quite expensive.


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  # 1675976 23-Nov-2016 12:47
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if you have a ssd and an external usb3 enclosure then try that first before the thunderport.

 

I think the imac 2011 has firewire as well. so a firewire enclosure should work as well




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Master Geek


  # 1675977 23-Nov-2016 12:48
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My 2011 iMac doesn't have usb3.0




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  # 1675979 23-Nov-2016 12:51
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http://www.trademe.co.nz/electronics-photography/tvs/cables-aerials/auction-1206684860.htm

 

Seriously, I'd rather go through all the trouble to swap the internal disk instead paying for this price.


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  # 1675987 23-Nov-2016 13:10
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but you would still benefit(speed wise) from a usb3 enclosure.

 

 

 

open it up and replace the hdd




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Master Geek


  # 1675988 23-Nov-2016 13:12
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Hi like I said, my iMac doesn't have a usb3.0


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