2008 iMac 8,1 upgrade original HDD storage

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  1. andrewbuilder macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2015
    Sydney, Australia
    I have a very trusty 2008 iMac 8,1 that is in original condition, apart from the change to 6GB SDRAM (2GB + 4GB module) about two or so years ago that made an entire world of difference to the performance of the machine.

    Now I am tired of arguing with the HDD about what software / data is to stay local and what is to go onto my external HDDs. Rather than replace the entire machine, I am interested in storage upgrade options. I understand I can achieve improvements in the startup time performance of OS X and software if I incorporate a SSD.

    Note - I still use my optical drive - replacing this would require the use of an external optical drive - I am not against the idea but would prefer to retain the optical drive in place.

    Look forward to any suggestions.

    With thanks,
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Stick in an SSD

    Depending on the model it can probably take 2 internal HDDS so a 256gb ssd and a 2TB HDD will give you the option to create a fusion drive that will keep your computer fast and tidy and give you great storage space. Take a look at ifixit.com for guides to do it yourself or just pay an apple certified technician to do the work.

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