My iMac HDD just gave up after making a loud clicking noise for several weeks. Since the internal HDD is dead, I want to use another disk, preferably an SSD. I do not want to go to a store at any point and so I looked into taking the iMac apart and replacing the HDD myself. Seems like a hassle that I would like to avoid if I can simply plug in an SDD into one of these three:
- USB 3.0 port
- Firewire port
- Thunderbolt port
My question is that assuming I do NOT want to exceed $150, which one of these gives me the best speed such that I would not miss having an internal drive? Can a drive connected to one of these ports be enough to not need an internal drive at least speed-wise?