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Old Nov 12, 2012, 12:00 AM   #1
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Is this ssd compatible with my iMac?

http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/SSDEX6G120/

I have a 2008 iMac (8,1) 24 inch 2.8 core 2 extreme.I just want to be sure before purchasing it.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 10:00 AM   #2
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anyone?
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 10:21 AM   #3
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I would AVOID OWC ssd like the plague.

Go with Intel / Micron / SAMSUNG
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 10:24 AM   #4
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could you possible recommend me a specific model? I'm not a 100% sure when it comes to mac compatible parts
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 10:38 AM   #5
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http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/SSDEX6G120/

I have a 2008 iMac (8,1) 24 inch 2.8 core 2 extreme.I just want to be sure before purchasing it.
I don't think it is compatible with your system. They list lots of MacBooks, Mac Minis, and Mac Pros, but no iMacs.

You could consider an external SSD with a Firewire 800 interface. (USB 2.0 is kind of pointless for an SSD.) Or contact OWC directly and ask if they have an internal SSD that would work in your iMac.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 11:54 AM   #6
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I know OWC says there aren't any for the iMac, but I know it's possible. I just need someone who has done this installation before to guide me on an appropriate model.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 01:23 PM   #7
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A lot of people are using the samsung 830 in their iMac upgrades. Can't go wrong with it. You have the same machine I do, and I will be upgrading with the samsung 830 or 840.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 11:10 AM   #8
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correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the samsung 830 a 2.5" drive? Doesn't the iMac use a 3.5"? Is it still possible to put a 2.5" SSD into the 2008 iMac wit the fans and everything working as they should?
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correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the samsung 830 a 2.5" drive? Doesn't the iMac use a 3.5"? Is it still possible to put a 2.5" SSD into the 2008 iMac wit the fans and everything working as they should?
SATA II 3.5" HDD is what the 8,1 model came with I believe.
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correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the samsung 830 a 2.5" drive? Doesn't the iMac use a 3.5"? Is it still possible to put a 2.5" SSD into the 2008 iMac wit the fans and everything working as they should?
You need an adapter. Some SSDs even ship with them. Look through the other threads and you will see people are using various 3.5 to 2.5 " adapters. I don't think anybody makes a 3.5" SSD.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 10:37 PM   #11
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Personally, I'm a huge fan of the Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB SSD's. I have 1 in my iMac, two in my MBP, and two in my wife's MBP.

In my iMac, I picked up an ODD caddy from Amazon for $11 and replaced my ODD with the SSD, keeping the stock 2TB for storage. In the iMac, you will need to modify the caddy a bit to get it to fit into the ODD mounting frame.

You can also pick up an external USB case for the ODD to go into on Amazon for pretty cheap.
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