The new iMacs: What are the risks of purchasing an iMac with a solid state drive?
Two weeks ago, Apple released its updated line of 27" iMacs, and for the first time ever, the company includes the option of buying a preinstalled solid state drive. Apple allows buyers to configure their machine with a either a single SSD, or an SSD running in tandem with a conventional hard drive.
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mention a few of the drawbacks of the SSD configuration scenario, such as the fact that OS X doesn't support TRIM, and therefore isn't entirely optimized for SSDs. Also, I've heard that current SSDs are sometimes prone to degradation.
Since Apple's SSD option is pricey, my budget only allows for a SSD (and no HD) along with the Intel i3. Yes, I realize that the $600 price tag will drop precipitously in a few years, but it's the only option from Apple at the moment, and I'd prefer to buy a lesser processor and SSD rather than install a third-party drive myself. I'll only store about 100 GBs of data, so the OS will have plenty of room for virtual memory.
In my case, the SSD will hold OS X, applications and all user data (including local backups of Dropbox files).
-What are the risks, in terms of data loss, corruption, degradation and the like, of SSDs? Are they prone to crashes or data loss, like the early HDs of many years ago? Is the risk of data loss markedly higher than the HD Apple would install?
-Does degradation exist? If so, how will it effect the usability of the drive, in terms of read/write speeds, data corruption and the like? Will the drive be noticeably slower two years from now?
-Is their any way to judge if Apple uses a reliable model for its SSD?
-I know that SSDs are whisper quiet and fast, but are they dramatically faster than HDs for loading programs such as the OS at boot, Microsoft Word/Excel, iPhoto/iTunes and the like?
I'm a total newbie when it comes to SSDs, but it seems like an interesting technology. Please comment away.