Desktop computers are usually left out of the solid-state love-fest. After all, 3.5" drives are usually less expensive than a 2.5" drive of a similar capacity, and desktop machines are less prone to damage to the disk since they are usually stationary when running.
However, there are times when a solid-state upgrade to a desktop machine makes sense. For Jason Siebert, this was one of those times. When the drive on his 24" iMac started showing the tell-tale signs of a drive on the brink of death, he decided to tear the machine apart and throw in a smaller & faster SSD, and use his Drobo for external storage. Installation was simple for the most part, but some adjustments had to be made to allow for installing a 2.5" drive in the space of a 3.5" drive, and some finagling of the drive due to a too-short SATA cable.
The result is a pretty satisfying speed increase when it comes to opening up applications, and especially when running a virtual machine. Check out the installation instructions and first impressions on Jason's website.
Any upgrades like this should be performed only by skilled users, and of course it
- Key specs
- Type All-in-one
- Screen size 27 inches
- Bundled OS Mac OS (Yosemite [10.10])
- CPU family Core i5
- Processor speed 3.5 GHz
- System RAM 8 GB
- Hard drive(s) 1 TB (total)
- Released 2014-10-20