2008 iMac 8,1 upgrade original HDD storage

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  1. andrewbuilder macrumors newbie

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    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 603

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    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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