I recently purchased a 1TB MX500 SSD and the Sata to USB cable. It's plugged into the back of my iMac and works very well so far. So what purpose does an enclosure serve? There is no heat being generated by the drive, is an enclosure for extra protection or? What am I missing? Thx for any feedback!
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Greetings, Just giving feedback on my install the past 5 hours. I received the drive promptly saturday morning as promised! Speedy delivery! After spending hours watching numerous videos and reading blogs I decided to take the plunge. It was much easier than anticipated! The drive is being used externally on a USB port at the moment and the stock drive is still connected internally. it's quite a process to open up these slimline iMac's to install the drive. Probably the most idiotic engineering feat I have ever witnessed in a computer system. I have yet to decide whether to pay $150 locally to have it done or attempt on my own. I formatted the SSD drive APFS from my original system drive then rebooted into utility mode and then chose "restore" it installed the latest Mac High Sierra OS, then it asked if I was wanted to migrate any data. My original drive is 1TB also and had 600Gb of data on it. It took a few hours to index all the files, so I went to sleep at 2am and got up at 7am and it was ready to transfer data. I t even asks if you want to update any apps prior to migrating, everythign went absolutely smooth! I could not believe it! It took several hours to move all the data over and the system booted up without a hitch. However, I did a software update via Adobe cloud and the drive froze solid! The green light on the Sata to USB cable was solid green and my software download was showing 40%. I rebooted the system and it came right back up. Apparently the software had installed as well prior to the reboot. I realize there is a huge data bottle neck running the drive via usb but hopefully I can get my work done before installing internally. My iMac specs are: 3.2 GHz Intel Core i5 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 I just added another 8Gb of ram this morning. Ok now the good part! I cannot believe how fast the MX500 is! Wow! My drive was so bogged down! When I moved anything with the mouse there was a 10 sec or more delay in action, now it's instantaneous! I had to take the plunge! I have a lot of work and could not be productive! I could not be happier with the drive and the price point! Hopefully no issues with freezing! I just wanted to post for anyone else on the fence. One happy camper! Cheers!
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