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Old Sep 12th, 2014, 02:19 PM   #11
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I've used Fusion Drive equipped iMacs more than a year old and they're still very fast to boot up and launch applications, even with the mechanical drive more than 50% full of other data. If you aren't into external drives and can't be bothered to manually organize your data, it's the way to go. It hasn't got the speed of a pure SSD setup, but a lot of users won't know the difference in day to day use.
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Yes no thunderbolt.

I just ordered the 2.5" drive adapter from OWC as I am going to replace the existing 500GB drive with an SSD. I've been getting some drive errors using Drive Genius for the last while anyway so I may as well replace it. I could have replaced the DVD but the macbook air doesn't have one and neither does my kids' Asus Transformer so we are DVD-less for the odd DVD disk that shows up with school photos/videos etc.

Does anyone have any thoughts on the Samsung EVO 1TB? SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE1T0BW 2.5" 1TB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Newegg.ca

Total cost $20 adapter +$481 SSD +149 installation = $650
I am soooo grateful to you guys. I was thinking I was going to have to purchase a $2000 machine.
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Old Sep 12th, 2014, 02:27 PM   #13
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Does anyone have any thoughts on the Samsung EVO 1TB? SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE1T0BW 2.5" 1TB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Newegg.ca
Very good drive, and very fast. It'll breathe new life into your iMac.
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Old Sep 12th, 2014, 03:36 PM   #14
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One last question, this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYZLqLDx2f8
says that the 21" imac 2010 is not sata 3 compatible (only sata 2). Is he mistaken? the drive I bought is sata 3.
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Old Sep 13th, 2014, 03:56 PM   #15
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He's mistaken!!

All 2010 iMacs are Serial ATA (3 Gb/s) capable.
Apple iMac Specs (All iMac Tech Specs) @ EveryMac.com

And the SAMSUNG 840 EVO drives are considered as one of the best and fastest.
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Old Sep 13th, 2014, 04:10 PM   #16
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He's mistaken!!

All 2010 iMacs are Serial ATA (3 Gb/s) capable.
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And the SAMSUNG 840 EVO drives are considered as one of the best and fastest.
Nope, you're mistaken. 3Gbps SATA = SATA 2. 6Gbps SATA = SATA 3.

2010 iMacs are SATA 2 capable. SATA 3 support was added in the Mid 2011 models.
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Nope, you're mistaken. 3Gbps SATA = SATA 2. 6Gbps SATA = SATA 3.

2010 iMacs are SATA 2 capable. SATA 3 support was added in the Mid 2011 models.

Oppps, my mistake JC and thanks for catching that.

My brain still gets confused with the SATA 2 and SATA 3 definition as regards to their Gb/s capacity.
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