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tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)

I'm going to be ordering the new 27 inch iMac in the next few months. I'm debating whether to go with the Fusion drive option when I do order.

 

 

Boot times won't be an issue has I'll be sleeping the iMac, rather than shutting it down everytime I've finished with it (as I was tolded on here that's its best to do this the vast amount of the time).

 

 

Main uses for me would be:

 

 

Surfing, emailing, iTunes, burning to cd and DVD with Toast Titanium, bit of photo editing, bit of video converting of AVI to DVD conversion, using the Screen Flow application.

 

 

I was wondering if I would see much benefit in having the Fusion drive over just the standard 1TB hard drive?

 

 

Thanks in advance.


Windows Vista, iPad (3rd Gen) 32GB iPhone 5 32GB
  • 1. Re: Fusion drive or not
    noumax Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Be careful that you won't have DVD unit on new IMAC (so burning CD...), you may consider to have an external (thunderbolt, maybe), drive instead of fusion drive.

  • 2. Re: Fusion drive or not
    Radiation Mac Level 5 Level 5 (4,635 points)

    Access time to start Apps, system, etc.would be much faster with the Fusion drive.  Routine tasks like online sites opening while surfing the Internet, and such, would be no faster.

     

     

    Hope this helps

  • 3. Re: Fusion drive or not
    roam Level 6 Level 6 (13,545 points)

    What is the difference in price between standard and ordering the fusion extra?

  • 4. Re: Fusion drive or not
    Radiation Mac Level 5 Level 5 (4,635 points)

    The US difference in price between the 1 TB standard hard drive and the 1 TB Fusion hard drive is $250.

  • 5. Re: Fusion drive or not
    tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)

    I'm planning on getting the external Super Drive as well when I place my order.

  • 6. Re: Fusion drive or not
    tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)

    Thanks for the help Radiation Mac.

  • 7. Re: Fusion drive or not
    tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)

    In the UK it's an extra £200 to get the Fusion Drive option.

  • 8. Re: Fusion drive or not
    tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)

    Another thing for me to consider too, is the 27 inch iMac has the 7200 rpm hard drive as opposed to the 21 inch having the 5400 rpm, so I wondered if this would narrow the gap (on the 27 inch) between having the standard hard drive and the Fusion Drive due to the faster spinning hard drive been perhaps a bit faster than the 5400 rpm drive?

  • 9. Re: Fusion drive or not
    tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)

    A few other things I've thought about with regards to the Fusion Drive.

     

    The Fusion Drive is 128gb in size. I was wondering, once the Fusion drive is full, any other Applications I would be installing would then go on the hard drive. So if for example I had an Application on the Fusion Drive that I'd either not used for a while or a newly installed Application that I'd began using more than some other Application that was resident on the Fusion Drive. Would this Application then be transferred to the Fusion Drive, and an older lesser used Application would then be moved to the hard drive?

     

    Also. I believe the Mac OS is installed on the Fusion Drive, so when I used Time Machine, would this backup the OS, data, applications that were resident on the Fusion Drive?

     

     

    Thanks everyone for the help.

  • 10. Re: Fusion drive or not
    roam Level 6 Level 6 (13,545 points)

    Thanks Radiation Mac, I guess in Aust. it would be slightly higher as Apple stuff usually is, despite the stronger $AUD. I think it is a bit pricey.

     

    tal1971: Fusion drive is a clever technology but a 7200rpm HDD is also superfast for disk technology and would run like the wind. I'd spend the £200 on something else.

  • 11. Re: Fusion drive or not
    tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)

    Thanks for the suggestion roam, much appreciated.

  • 12. Re: Fusion drive or not
    tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)

    I believe that the Mac OS is installed on the Fusion Drive, so when I used Time Machine, would this backup the OS, data, applications that were resident on the Fusion Drive or would Time Machine only backup whatever were on the hard drive?

     

    Also. I'm planning on installing Parallels Desktop 8 and Windows 7 64 bit. Would the Fusion Drive give me the same benefits (faster access etc that I would see whilst using the Mac OS side) when I was using Parallels Desktop 8 and Windows 7?

     

    The Fusion Drive is 128gb in size. I was wondering, once the Fusion drive is full, any other Applications I would be installing would then go on the hard drive. So if for example I had an Application on the Fusion Drive that I'd either not used for a while or a newly installed Application that I'd began using more than some other Application that was resident on the Fusion Drive. Would this Application then be transferred to the Fusion Drive, and an older lesser used Application would then be moved to the hard drive?

     

    Thanks

  • 13. Re: Fusion drive or not
    tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)

    I'm planning on maybe using Carbon Copy Cloner in addition to Time Machine.


    If I did get an iMac with a Fusion Drive installed, I'm wondering if CCC will still be able to provide a bootable backup with an external hard drive, from a Mac that has a Fusion Drive installed, but then again if the Fusion Drive and hard drive are seen as one, then it should, but I'm not 100 percent sure on this?

  • 14. Re: Fusion drive or not
    tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)

    The Fusion Drive is 128gb in size.

     

    I was wondering, once the Fusion drive is full, any other Applications I would be installing would then go on the hard drive. So if for example I had an Application on the Fusion Drive that I'd either not used for a while or a newly installed Application that I'd began using more than some other Application that was resident on the Fusion Drive. Would this Application then be transferred to the Fusion Drive, and an older lesser used Application would then be moved to the hard drive?

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