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Old Feb 25, 2013, 10:45 AM   #1
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SSD for iMac

Hey, Just curious if I can upgrade the HDD to SSD in my iMac. Mine is a late 2011 21.5" model.

For some reason, I thought I saw some article saying the Harddrive replacement will make the Mac unbootable... So want to run with you guys before make any order.
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 09:57 PM   #2
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No offense meant, but........are you serious?

Do a search: plenty of people have done an HD/SSD swap on all versions of the last ('09 to '11) aluminum unibody iMac, including me on a 2010. Go to iFixit for more details.
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Old Feb 26, 2013, 08:04 AM   #3
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I came to MacRumors looking for some answers to this question myself. I'm not going to go searching all over iFixit for the answer. My question was more towards do the SSD drives cause the same fan issue as some HHD drives did. I know when I put a 1TB drive in the cooling fan ran wide open. I have a OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-480G 2.5" 480GB SATA III MLC drive in my Macbook Pro was going to move it to the iMac then get a Samsung 512gb for the laptop. Why? Because the Samsung should be faster on compressed files and I deal a lot with compressed files.

To the OP I have replaced the HDD in my iMac without issue (other than the fan problem) but it does help to have the OSX DVD.
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