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Question: What's the best storage for iMac - ssd or fusion?

I'm going to buy a new 21 in 4k iMac and wonder whether to get the fusion drive or ssd storage. What are the pros and cons of each? I don't need to do any high power processing. I also need a drive for cds. Should I get the apple super drive or something else?

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Not very difficult to answer as both have been available for years now.


Fusion Drive pros

Most storage per dollar


Fusion drive cons

Not as fast as an SSD

Relies on mechanical HD's which will fail over time


SSD pros

Fastest IO available

No mechanical parts translates into increase reliability


SSD cons

More expensive per GB than other solutions.

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Dec 14, 2017 1:15 PM in response to jimfromxenia In response to jimfromxenia

its not a simple answer. if you need some speed and data storage go with the fusion drive. if you are savvy and want speed and storage then go with the SSD and store externally through USB or thunderbolt. if you want to be stuck at the so called super drive then get it. I use an external USB pioneer 209 blu ray drive. That's my super drive and a lot more super than super.



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Dec 14, 2017 2:12 PM in response to jimfromxenia In response to jimfromxenia

Not very difficult to answer as both have been available for years now.


Fusion Drive pros

Most storage per dollar


Fusion drive cons

Not as fast as an SSD

Relies on mechanical HD's which will fail over time


SSD pros

Fastest IO available

No mechanical parts translates into increase reliability


SSD cons

More expensive per GB than other solutions.

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