Didn’t see that coming - but the HDD portion of my Fusion drive in my iMac 27" 5K retina (late 2015) died last Friday. Thanks to bootable backups I didn’t miss a beat for work… but now it reality sets in. What to do what to do. Normally I would crack an iMac open and replace a drive with an SSD in under 30 mins… but reading the iFixit on these models looks UGLEE… so I have opted against that option and having it replaced is cost prohibitive, so I am weighing my options and was hoping for some input.
Here’s where we are at:
- iMac 27" with split FUSION drive - 128G nvm(?) blade SSD still working great (1gbps read/400mbps write)
- New external 1TB SSD Thunderbolt 2 (400mbps/400mpbs USB-C to USB - does ANYONE know where to get a USB-C to TB2/MiniDisplayPort cable for this could be found)
- Several other external HDD used for cold storage
My initial thought was system on the 128G SSD, applications, your basic system, but relocate my home and work directory to the external SSD. It worked, at first, then one after another apps wouldn’t open, or opened but couldn’t open prefs, etc… all having to do with the home folder located on an external drive. I tried to find solution for this but after a few hours I decided it wasn’t going to happen.
So now I’m back to a fast system loaded on the 128G SSD and part of my home folder restored (Migration Assistant/Carbon Copy Cloner) to the 128G, but the drive of course is now packed.
I do have the external SSD bootable but with only 400mbps throughput its not really usable for work, i bought it thinking the TB2 cable would not be that hard to acquire but I was wrong. I hate to leave that fast SSD sitting in the iMac as well (although it could be argued it is reaching it’s lifespan).
I have erased and restored more times in the last week than I care to mention and I’m getting tired of looking at Carbon Copy Cloner interface instead of making money. I was hoping someone might have some insight or suggestions what to do. Kinda wondering if I could fuse the external SSD and internal SSD… hmmmm