I bought the smallest 21" iMac model of the 2011 update cycle. I was planning on having the HDD replaced with an SSD later on. Turned out this would not be an option.
So I'm either stuck with the 7200 RPM internal disk or switching to a much more expensive iMac model with an SSD. As this would be the only part of this better-configured iMac, the 256 GB SSD would cost me a whooping 800€ (~$1150 or the price of a new small line iMac). I just don't want to spend this kind of money.
The iMac comes equipped with a Thunderbolt, a FireWire 800 and a couple of USB 2.0 ports.
- Thunderbolt should be the fastest, but there's no hardware for it yet (right?)
- FireWire 800 should be the second fastest with 800Mbit or ~100MB/s which is faster than what the internal drive produces
- USB 2 still has 480Mbit or 60MB/s which still should outperform the internal drive
So my question is: would I get a good speed bump by buying an SSD and one of those storage enclosures (this one looks really nice)? Would that benefit the overall system performance or is there no bump to expect?
I'd love to put a 128GB SDD in that thing and put the system and applications on that while keeping the data on my internal drive.