Fusion Hands On Graphic From Ars TechnicaAs you may have heard, Apple recently announced a new feature called “Fusion Drive” along with new Mac mini and iMac computers.  Fusion Drive combines a solid state drive (SSD) and a traditional hard drive to provide SSD-like performance with hard drive-like capacity.  Unfortunately, Apple didn’t provide many technical details about the Fusion Drive.  If you’re looking for more information, check out Ars Technica’s excellent article, Achieving fusion—with a service training doc, Ars tears open Apple’s Fusion Drive.

We have been using SSDs and hard drives in our Mac laptops for several years.  When we buy a MacBook Pro laptop, we remove the optical (e.g. DVD drive) and replace it with an SSD mounted in an Other World Computing Data Doubler.  Then, we move the operating system, applications, and performance-senstive portions of users’ home folders to the SSD.  To take advantage of the hard drive’s storage capacity, we keep large items like iPhoto libraries, iTunes libraries and virtual machines on the hard drive.  Apple’s Fusion Drive takes care of that for you automatically but it has a few disadvantages, chief of which is that a failure in either the SSD or the hard drive results in complete loss of the volume.

According to Ars Technican and Patrick Stein, Fusion Drive works on any Mac running Mac OS X 10.8.2.  We look forward to trying it out in our lab.  We expect Fusion Drive to provide an easy way to boost performance for Mac users who want the speed of a dual-drive system with none of the hassle.


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