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Old May 1st, 2016, 05:36 PM   #1
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Setting up IMac after internal SSD install

Somewhat as an experiment and hoping to speed it up, I installed a 250 gb SSD in the optical bay on the following:
21.5-inch, Mid 2011 iMac, 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 running Yosemite.
I kept the original 500GB HDD and have Yosemite also installed on the SSD.

I can boot using the SSD but can't access what's on the original drive.
There are a lot of posts on installing an SSD alone, externally, or just the install part, and many are 3-4 years old and seem rather complex.
Any simple way to get the SSD as boot drive and 500gb as storage..?
I've seen it for Windows but not for an iMac..
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Assuming the old 500 GB drive has been your main hard drive and contains everything you need, I would simply clone it to the new SSD. You could then either keep the old drive as a clone backup (updating it every now and then), or instead use it as a Time Machine drive.

Carbon Copy Cloner, or, SuperDuper are the tools of choice for cloning. Either one will make a basic clone for free without being licensed.

That SSD will make your iMac seem like new again. Actually better than new. 20 second boot times are awfully nice too.
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Have you considered creating your own Fusion Drive?
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What do you mean you "can't access what's on the original drive"…???

Is the original HDD drive not even mounted???, are you getting permissions problems??? or what…???
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What do you mean you "can't access what's on the original drive"…???

Is the original HDD drive not even mounted???, are you getting permissions problems??? or what…???
If I reboot and choose the SSD as the startup drive, I can't access the files on the HDD. I see the original HDD and can open it but the files have a red - next to them...
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Assuming the old 500 GB drive has been your main hard drive and contains everything you need, I would simply clone it to the new SSD. You could then either keep the old drive as a clone backup (updating it every now and then), or instead use it as a Time Machine drive.
I think I've seen this on some of the sites I've found in my search. Sounds good but my SSD if half the size of the existing HDD. I'm in the process of making as much space on the latter by moving or deleting files so might be able to go for it. Thanks
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Have you considered creating your own Fusion Drive?
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Yes, I've seen that one and am considering it but again thought first I'd reach out to the forum to see if anyone had gone through the process of adding an internal SSD with existing HHD and get some feedback on ease or preferences on how to get it done...
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This article is extremely misleading. This is not a fusion drive whatsoever. Your resulting drive will only perform as fast as the slower drive. You've effectively JBOD RAID-ed your drives together. Whenever data is on the faster drive, it will come faster, when it's on the slower, it will come slower, you do not have reliable performance. The Fusion Drive is more than just idiotically putting two drives together making them act as one. Frankly, I can't believe MacWorld would allow such an inaccurate and misleading article on their site. No wonder MacWorld is going down hill.
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If I reboot and choose the SSD as the startup drive, I can't access the files on the HDD. I see the original HDD and can open it but the files have a red - next to them...
Get Info on the drive, then under Sharing & Permissions, check the box for "Ignore ownership on this volume".

Regarding Fusion drives...I'm consistently unimpressed with their performance. They're a half-baked idea with real world consequences - they're bad with large files or databases (such as Outlook), and they increase your risk of total data loss through drive failure.
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Get Info on the drive, then under Sharing & Permissions, check the box for "Ignore ownership on this volume".
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Or as suggested previously, clone the original drive (using CCC or SD!) and use it.

It sounds like the new drive is setup with a different username and/or password. Or maybe Migration Assistant might still work and migrate your old user and use it.
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