2011 27" iMac HDD/SSD upgrade.

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  1. Zeke D macrumors 6502a

    Zeke D

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    Hey all. I've got a 27" 2011 iMac with 16GB RAM and the OEM 1TB HDD. I want to move the SSD from my old 2008 24" iMac into it because the SSD even on the SATAII port will be faster than the OEM drive. If I remember correctly, I had to purchase a 2.5 to 3.5 adapter from OWC, so I could install the SSD in the 3.5" bay, but I may want to install windows on this in the future...

    I'd like to move the 1TB HDD into my 2010 cMP, but I read that without some kind of drive in the iMac, fans will go crazy. I don't really need a drive in there, but I have some apple branded drives in the 250GB range. I assume that even if I do stick that older drive in there, I'll still need the 3rd-party kit from OWC to make it happen.

    Can anyone confirm this? Is putting the SSD under the ODD the best way to do it? Am i crazy?
     
  2. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 65816

    nambuccaheadsau

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    One word. Yes you will need the kit.

    Crazy? Who knows last time I was in Phoenix it appeared quite normal.
     
  3. Zeke D thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Zeke D

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    I was in Phoenix for my Comicon appearance, but in general I avoid it.
     
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