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I have a new iMac 27" (iMac11,1) with 1TB SATA drive.

Is it possible to install a solid-state drive (SSD) into my iMac in addition to the existing SATA drive and use the SSD for startup? I do not want to replace the optical drive.

Alternatively, are there external SSD drives I could use as a startup drive via FireWire 800? Would there be any performance hit for this?

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I believe this iMac has only one SATA port (plus the optical drive port). You could, however, install the SSD internally as the boot drive, and use an external HDD enclosure (ideally with FireWire 800) for the 1TB drive.

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