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I have a 2011 3.4 GHz i7 iMac w/ 16GB of RAM.

 

I have 2 1TB external HDD (MacAlly enclosures)- one for my data files and the other is for my TimeMachine.

 

Since I've had my iMac, I've always encountered the beach ball when opening MS Office files and data files on the external HDD.

 

I'm at a point where I'm getting fed up with the lagging and delay.  

 

Are there any external SSDs or enclosures similar to what I have w/ my HDD? (Not for the TM backups, but for my drive that has data files.

 

FYI- I also have two monitors connected via Thunderbolt (total of 3 displays).

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Originally Posted by appstate98 View Post

Are there any external SSDs or enclosures similar to what I have w/ my HDD? (Not for the TM backups, but for my drive that has data files.

SSDs are still about 5-10x the price of HDDs so you can get a 1TB external SSD but it costs $1000:

http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?id=10549

If you don't need 1TB, you can get a smaller drive and then put files you don't need to access regularly onto the HDD.

Some people have tried the following:

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Portable-Thunderbolt-Adapter-STAE128/dp/B009HQCARY

connected to a 3rd party SSD like a Crucial m4 or Samsung 830/840 drive. You need to buy a cable too. It's not the most elegant solution and some people reported issues with it unmounting. There are other options like:

http://www.amazon.com/Elgato-Thunderbolt-Solid-State-10024024/dp/B007FNKAYQ
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Hi Marvin,

 

Thanks for the info!  What are your thoughts on Caldigit?  Looks like they're planning to release this is sometime this year: Thunderbolt Drive- CalDigit T2.

 

I can get one 512gb SSD now and another one later.

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What are your thoughts on Caldigit?

I can get one 512gb SSD now and another one later.

It depends on how much it will cost. It looks a lot like the g-tech drives:

http://www.amazon.com/G-Technology-Thunderbolt-Powerful-Transfer-0G02289/dp/B0084UYD1U

except with swappable drives. If it's not too expensive, it would be a good option.

Some people here have been putting Samsung SSDs into the Lacie Little Big Disk:

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1280118&page=5
http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?id=10549

It's a nice drive but it's an expensive way to go. I think the Seagate adaptor is the most affordable route. It would be about $130 for the adaptor + cable and you'd just slot on something like a Samsung 840:

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Electronics-SATAIII-2-5-Inch-MZ-7TD500BW/dp/B009NHAF3I

The new Thunderbolt controller might make things a bit cheaper but that won't be evident for another couple of months:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6885/new-thunderbolt-controllers-dsl45104410-and-future-20gbps-falcon-ridge-tb-controller-announced
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I would get a Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD1000DHTZ 1TB 10000 RPM still fast enough for the fastest video work and won't break the bank
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