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  • 15. Re: Fusion drive or not
    pjleeson Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    I wouldn't get one without it.

    I installed the OWC SSD in my 2009 27" iMac and it is amazingly fast.

    Programs are on the SSD and picture and music libraries are on the HDD.

    No DVD, but don't miss it.

    Not as automatic as the fusion drive, but still very slick.

  • 16. Re: Fusion drive or not
    TmanW Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm trying to edit video with my 27" iMac with 3Tb Fusion drive (16Gb ram) and it's TERRIBLE.

    Basic menu requests in Final Cut, like SAVE and SYSTEM SETTINGS are giving me beachballs and 3 second lags.

     

    I think Fusion Drive might be a mistake for the power user.

  • 17. Re: Fusion drive or not
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (117,895 points)

    The Fusion Drive is 128gb in size.

     

    You're confusing the term "Fusion Drive" with SSD. The so-called Fusion Drive is a combination of an SSD and an HDD into a single volume. Its capacity is the sum of the capacities of the two physical devices: either 1 TB or 3 TB, depending on the option you choose.

     

    Data is transferred automatically between the physical drives in order to optimize performance. How exactly that works is not known outside Apple. The results will depend on your usage pattern. If your usage pattern is what Apple considers typical, you should get a noticeable improvement over a hard drive alone.

  • 18. Re: Fusion drive or not
    TmanW Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    update: My slow video edit issue doesn't seem related to the Fusion Drive in my 27imac. Problem was solved by running FCS under a different user name.

     

    Not sure exactly what the problem was, but since it's a new machine, starting a new user wasn't difficult.

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

    Just to update:

     

    I received my iMac a few days ago. I decided to go with the Fusion Drive in the end, because everyone who I have talked said its a really worth while upgrade for £200, the difference that the user gets is very noticable. I like the fact that the Fusion Drive just takes care of everything, I don't have to decide what I want installed on the Fusion Drive. Maybe this isnt for everyone, but for me, I would rather have the OS monitor my usage and add stuff onto the Fusion Drive accordingly.

     

    So far, I havent installed many applications yet, as I am still finding my way around the Mac OS (as this is my first Mac). But impressions so far are its very fast at both starting up and loading the applications that are on already, and I expect to see this speed increase once I get my other applications installed. Also, with been used to a Windows machine, the iMac is whisper quiet. Really liking Mountain Lion too, seems really smooth. I've had a few little problems, but this is to be expected when you move to a new OS that you've never used before, but overall I'm really enjoying Mac so far

  • 20. Re: Fusion drive or not
    matt161 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I purchased a new mac with the fusion drive and the hard drive was dead from the beginning. The computer never would back up on time machine. With a fusion drive, he SSD/ solid state drive is necessary for interpreting the raw data stored on the hard drive (which is separate). If you have a hard drive failure, you cannot retrieve your data from the failed hard drive ever without having the solid state drive intact to interpret the data. If the Apple store replaces the defective hard drive, they will wipe the solid state drive clean and install a new hard drive, but your time machine will not back the computer up when the hard drive is failing and your data will be lost forever. This is a big problem they dont tell you. Not many people know how to work on a fusion drive if you have problems.

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