My Early 2008 iMac alu 24" HD drive has finally died and I'm in the process of replacing it. I've also recently got a 2013 Mac Air. The MacAir SSD drive is small so I want to share the iTunes/iPhoto libraries and user files between iMac and MacAir.
It seems a 2013 Airport Time Capsule would be a good solution - I could have the libraries stored on the TimeCap 2TB drive (Mac Air will connect over 802.11ac WiFi & ethernet for iMac). I would get a SSD drive for the iMac.
Alternatively I could keep the libraries on the iMac drive and use wake for network access when the MacAir wants them (then just use TimeCap for Time Machine backups). I would get a Hybrid SSHD for the iMac.
I am trying to work out the pro's & con's of these two approaches. I obviously want to get the best read/write speeds.
Config 1: library on the TimeCap
- iMac > TimeCap over Gigabit Ethernet: 40|42 MB/s (read|write)?
- MacAir > TimeCap over 802.11ac Wifi: 27|23 MB/s?
Source: "Speed test on new 2013 time capsule" thread. These speeds are slow, but the iMac gets an SSD for OS & application files.
Config 2: library on the iMac
- iMac Hybrid SSHD over SATA 3Gb/s: 158-190MB/s (not sure if those figures are only for SATA 6Gb/s)
- MacAir > iMac SSHD over AirPort 802.11ac Wifi (wake on demand): ?
Seems like a more traditional setup. The iMac no longer gets a SSD but will have fast speeds for accessing the library files over SATA compared to Ethernet.
Are the quoted speeds accurate? Which of these approaches is best overall? The decision affects which drive I need to go and buy.