One of the most effective upgrades for an aging Mac is an SSD (solid state drive) upgrade. I received an inquiry from a freelance video editor in St. Paul about speeding up his Apple 27″ iMac. This iMac had gotten so slow that it was used as a glorified display to a MacBook Pro retina.
We both agreed an SSD upgrade was the right path to take. Having worked on these iMac before, I know there’s a hack to mount a second hard drive which I proposed could be used as a scratch drive – very beneficial in video post editing work. We ordered 2 Samsung EVO SSDs for a dual SSD upgrade and went after it.
The results was a staggering 500MB/s+ average speed for both the boot SSD drive and scratch SSD drive. We ran the same test on the aging original drive and it barely broke 50MB/s. The iMac has effectively increased ten fold in terms of hard drive performance. Booting time went from “it’s taking f-ing forever” to “wtf just happened”.
Take a look for yourself at the speed test screen captures and photos of this iMac dual SSD upgrade process.
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