“I have a somber announcement.,” Anthony Karcz reports for Forbes. ” After today, ‘This Old iMac’ will be no more.”
“Why? Because after I got my iMac back from OWC, the only way I can call my computer ‘Old’ is by hewing to the strictest of definitions,” Karcz reports. “With new solid state drives and new RAM, ‘She may not look like much. But she’s got it where it counts, kid.”
“After a lot of back and forth with the OWC technicians about how to configure my three SSDs (I went with a custom RAID setup, something that they don’t usually do; but is technically possible), my upgraded iMac, my original hard drive and RAM, and a new external hard drive enclosure and card reader headed back to Florida. My old hard drive is destined for the enclosure and will serve as a Time Machine drive once I’m satisfied I don’t need the data,” Karcz reports. “As for the RAM, if this had been a normal upgrade, I actually could have sold it to OWC (a note, OWC provided parts and labor for this upgrade so I could evaluate their service). But you’re not here to listen to me ramble on about the carved off pieces of my computer that they sent home like so many kidney stones in a glass jar, you want to hear about the iMac.”
Karcz reports, “In a couple of words? It screams.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote way back in April 2012:
On the rare occasion that we use a non-SSD Mac, the experience is jarring, as we’ve become used to the speed of the SSDs in our MacBook Airs and iMacs. It’s a huge difference. Once you go SSD, you won’t go back.
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