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(@adamlippiatt)
New Member Customer

I have a 2013 i7 iMac and I am looking for a faster boot drive without having to pull it apart.

Does anyone have a view on what an OWC Express 4M2 with 4 x m2 SSDs over thunderbolt 1 with adapter and short cable be like as a boot drive?

Or is this a waste of time trying to marry the new with the very old?

Thank you.

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Posted : 24/05/2020 6:41 am
(@softraid-support)
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If you are careful with cabling (if the cable jiggles, the machne will crash, so that is a "risk") it will be an improvement. But if you are thinking of RAID, forget it, no RAID with Catalina and up. Even High Sierra started making booting from RAID difficult (and impossible to update security, without updating another volume and cloning it over)

Over time, plan to get a new internal. But you can certainly try the M2 in the meantime.

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Topic starter Posted : 24/05/2020 10:02 am
(@adamlippiatt)
New Member Customer

If you are careful with cabling (if the cable jiggles, the machne will crash, so that is a "risk") it will be an improvement. But if you are thinking of RAID, forget it, no RAID with Catalina and up. Even High Sierra started making booting from RAID difficult (and impossible to update security, without updating another volume and cloning it over)

Over time, plan to get a new internal. But you can certainly try the M2 in the meantime.

Great advice. Thank you for helping me avoid a mistake with a primary drive.

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Posted : 25/05/2020 4:00 am
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