iMac 27-inch SSD Install (Out with the Superdrive, in with the SSD)
Being in that the optical drive in the iMac uses a full speed SATA connection (albeit using a ‘slimline’ SATA connector), and the fact that I rarely use optical media – I decided to swap out the Superdrive with a 128GB SSD drive.
Not large enough to use for all of the data on the iMac, but more than enough for the OS, all of my apps, and even a couple VMWare fusion images I use on a regular basis. Meanwhile the 1TB 3.5 drive handles all the rest of the junk (download files, iTunes library, etc.)
The results – After cloning my boot drive (SuperDuper), and restarting – the boot time was cut down to less than 1/4 of what it was with the 1TB drive. Launch times on big/slow apps (Eclipse, DBvisualizer, MS Word,etc.) is incredible.
Notes: The slimline 2.5 Caddy was purchased from NewmodeUS.
A couple pics: