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#456002 - 02/06/18 10:15 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Macintosh] Re: Minimum specs to run BIAB on a Mac [Re: Matt Finley]
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Matt, I know you wanted to sign off, but do I understand correctly that you have installed High Sierra on your iMac with a standard HD drive, not a SSD?

I thought that High Sierra, at least when it was first released, required a SSD, though I heard that a later update would work on HDDs. I just recently upgraded to Sierra on my iMac, but held off on installing High Sierra.

Incidentally, I DO have a bootable external drive that runs Sierra, but when I tried to install High Sierra on it, I was told that it could not install on that drive.

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#456160 - 02/07/18 04:57 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Macintosh] Re: Minimum specs to run BIAB on a Mac [Re: Matt Finley]
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My Mac expertise is all of one week old, but yes, I have High Sierra running successfully on a 1 TB standard hard drive. The dealer did the upgrade from Sierra so I don’t know what hitches, if any, were involved. He’s a wizard.

Since then I did quite a bit of reading, and Apple said the hardware requirements for High Sierra were the same as Sierra.

This iMac I have clearly did not have a 1 TB drive when it was built in 2011.

Does that help?
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#456213 - 02/07/18 08:54 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Macintosh] Re: Minimum specs to run BIAB on a Mac [Re: Matt Finley]
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1T was the largest drive available in the late 2011. These usually have a WD Black and those drives are past end of life. Not one of my clients still has one installed. These were great drives but generate a lot of heat and the iMac is an oven.

The late 2011 is my favorite. FW and Thunderbolt, USB 2, and was th first year of the SATA III 6G bus (for the drive only—the optical is on a 3G bus). The 27” has a spare SATA bus that yours doesn’t—not an issue now that 2T and 4T SSDs exist. My wife has one.

High Sierra installs fine but the HHD cannot be formatted APFS. It makes a difference on some drive intensive applications such as Digital Performer but not the huge difference that going to an SSD will. APFS was optionalonly during the beta period so I was abl to test it both ways.

It’s possible that if your drive was replaced, it already has the OWC heat sensor. In that case, you only need the SSD and bracket. If not, you need the 2011-on sensor.

Besides the huge speed and performance boost, an SSD reduces the internal heat.

A Micron 1100 is the same drive as the Crucial MX300. It is only sold to systems integrators and OEMs and has a 90 day warranty (their cost takes this into account). SIs sell these on eBay, sometimes at great prices.

TRIM is part of the Mac OS but disabled on 3rd party SSDs by default. After installing an SSD, run the following in Terminal: sudo trimforce enable. Click through the Apple CYA warnings.

Disable App Nap globally. Many apps do not play well with it. It’s sole purpose is to preserve battery life—not an issue with an iMac.

Disable App Nap
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#456242 - 02/07/18 10:10 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Macintosh] Re: Minimum specs to run BIAB on a Mac [Re: Matt Finley]
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Got it! Thanks for all these great tips.
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