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Original post by: Anuenue Honi ,

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Usb 3.0 could be an option BUT The new iMacs more likely have a SATA III connector in their motherboard and that's 6 Gbit/s - 600 MB/s; USB 3.0 is 5 Gbps so there is a "theoretical and practical" loss of speed.

Ideally connecting a good SSD via Thunderbolt would allow to reach great speeds BUT the only thunderbolt adapter I know of that can allow that would be the Seagate GoFlex Desk 3.5" Thunderbolt Adapter (STAE122); unfortunately it appears that even this GoFlex adapter has a SATA II connector which would take the whole setup a step back in terms of speed.

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