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1000
8th February 2011, 09:02 AM
Hi there all,

A popular online store is selling Corsair 120GB SSD drives at a very reasonable price. I have the last-generation 27" iMac i5 and was wondering how much trouble I'd have installing the SSD. The drive/s come with a 3.5" bracket.

I know that taking the actual screen face off the iMac is a bit dangerous outside of a dust-free lab with suction cups etc... but are there any other issues I'd need to be aware of i.e. any temperature sensors fitted to the existing imac 3.5" drives installed which might cause system fans to go bananas etc ? Any issues with drive size etc etc ?

Has anyone else performed this little operation have any feedback ?

1000

leon
8th February 2011, 09:26 AM
Everything that you have mentioned makes this a PITA upgrade.

I'd personally just leave it be and get a factory SSD iMac next time you upgrade.

jkgm
8th February 2011, 11:01 AM
That response was so lame that I had to register just to post something more useful.

It sounds like a fun upgrade to do, and certainly shouldn't be out of scope for someone who is comfortable doing it. The problem you're going to find is that I'm fairly certain the iMac doesn't come with the necessary mounting bracket and perfect-length SATA cable to connect the SSD unless you order it stock.

Check out the forums at iFixit for heaps of info that I don't have time to dig through for you... :)
How to instal SSD drive in iMac 27 i7 as second drive (http://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/28328/How+to+instal+SSD+drive+in+iMac+27+i7+as+second+dr ive)

EDIT: Found what you need after all: Upgrade of an Apple iMac 27" (mid-2010) with additional Sandforce SSD Hard Drive (http://ssd.youds.com/)

TheMonkeyBoy
8th February 2011, 11:15 AM
I've been keen on doing this too for my 27 inch i3 iMac but it does look like a real pain in the ass. Plus I'm lazy. :p

This is a link (http://www.ifixit.com/Device/iMac_Intel_27%22) to all tear down processes for the iMac, but looks like jkgm is spot on with the Youds link.

servaas
8th February 2011, 11:21 AM
I had my 27" iMac in at an Authorised service centre a month ago for a GPU repair, and they were doing an SSD upgrade for a 27". The tech was saying it is tricky to do, and recommended opting for an SSD at time of next purchase, as the several hours of labour would eat any saving from buying from Apple and having them do it.

If you have the time to DIY, then you should be out in front.

leon
8th February 2011, 01:18 PM
That response was so lame that I had to register just to post something more useful.

It sounds like a fun upgrade to do, and certainly shouldn't be out of scope for someone who is comfortable doing it. The problem you're going to find is that I'm fairly certain the iMac doesn't come with the necessary mounting bracket and perfect-length SATA cable to connect the SSD unless you order it stock.

Check out the forums at iFixit for heaps of info that I don't have time to dig through for you... :)
How to instal SSD drive in iMac 27 i7 as second drive (http://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/28328/How+to+instal+SSD+drive+in+iMac+27+i7+as+second+dr ive)

EDIT: Found what you need after all: Upgrade of an Apple iMac 27" (mid-2010) with additional Sandforce SSD Hard Drive (http://ssd.youds.com/)

If you care to read the original message the computer in question is a previous generation iMac - one of the ones that doesn't have the convenient bracket/space for an SSD in addition to the 3.5" HDD.

In the previous model you need to short circuit the temp sensor for the 3.5" drive as the SSD doesn't have provision for this. The OP will also need to dig down further to remove the original 3.5" drive rather than simply add a 2.5" SSD to the free connector that the mid-2010 iMacs have.
The job is much more annoying that the link you posted in these older 2009 iMac's. And I still stand by my original post that the upgrade simply is not worth the hassle for the speed gain (coming from someone who has an SSD in their Mac Pro).

stupod
9th February 2011, 03:35 PM
Video of a 27" iMac SSD upgrade: The joy and pain of upgrading a 27-inch iMac with an SSD (video) -- Engadget (http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/27/the-joy-and-pain-of-upgrading-a-27-inch-imac-with-a-ssd-video/)

It does look a little bit fiddly, and time consuming, but I wouldn't discourage it. I'm tempted to do it too. Just gotta find some time. Well, and some cash for an SSD I suppose.

maghemi
9th February 2011, 09:10 PM
I'd be more interested in this. (http://www.twam.info/hardware/apple/installing-additional-ssd-in-mid-2010-27-imac)

Installing an SSD as as second drive would be great.

stupod
9th February 2011, 09:19 PM
I'd be more interested in this. (http://www.twam.info/hardware/apple/installing-additional-ssd-in-mid-2010-27-imac)

Installing an SSD as as second drive would be great.

Yeah that looks much better. Gonna need an assistant and a cat-proof room to do it now.

takamine
11th February 2011, 05:34 PM
It's quite a tricky upgrade to do and you just need patience and a systematic approach to it. I've done the upgrade twice on 2 different iMacs and they've worked out well in the end.

With regards to taking off the glass, you don't need suction cups to remove the glass. Just sit the iMac on its normal side up and you can separate the glass from the body with just your nails. It comes off pretty easily.

I managed to fit the SSD next to the existing 3.5" hard drive (towards the back of the housing). There was no need for any mounting brackets. All I used was a SATA power splitter cable and a SATA cable.

Let me know if you need any other tips about the install.

stupod
12th February 2011, 05:35 PM
It's quite a tricky upgrade to do and you just need patience and a systematic approach to it. I've done the upgrade twice on 2 different iMacs and they've worked out well in the end.

With regards to taking off the glass, you don't need suction cups to remove the glass. Just sit the iMac on its normal side up and you can separate the glass from the body with just your nails. It comes off pretty easily.

I managed to fit the SSD next to the existing 3.5" hard drive (towards the back of the housing). There was no need for any mounting brackets. All I used was a SATA power splitter cable and a SATA cable.

Let me know if you need any other tips about the install.

I'd love to see some photos of where your drive is sitting "next to the existing 3.5" hard drive". Is it mounted?