2011 27" iMac with SSD & HDD. I want to replace the HDD.

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  1. N0ddie macrumors 6502

    N0ddie

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    Currently have a November 2011 built 27" iMac. When bought I specified the 256Gb SSD + 1TB HDD option. Lately my HDD has started to make some funky noises so I'm looking to replace it with a 1TB SSD (Samsung 850 EVO) as they have come down it price considerably.

    I have watched numerous videos on how to replace the HDD on these iMacs and its something that I'm going to do myself however I have yet to see one with both the Apple SSD & HDD fitted and am unsure as to whether or not it will be the same process.

    Does anyone know where the Apple SSD is usually installed on these iMacs?

    I have ordered the suction cups in order to remove the screen so if nobody knows for sure I'll open it up myself (When they arrive) before I splurge £250 on an SSD I may not be able to fit.
     
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  3. N0ddie thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Why cant I just remove the HDD and install and SDD in a 2.5 to 3.5" bracket?
     
  4. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

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    You can if you already have the tools.
     
  5. N0ddie thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So according to MacSales/OWC Apple positioned their SSDs in the 2011 27" iMac under the optical drive.

    2.5" to 3.5" AdaptaDrive, 2 suction cups and the heat sensor/adapter thingy came today. SSD should be here on Thursday so the plan is to swap the drives on Friday.
     
  6. N0ddie thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So done the swap this morning (2 days later than expected due to Amazon couriers damaging the 1st SSD) and am impressed. Read and write speeds up from 50MB/s to 500MB/s.

    Install was straightforward enough with the help of tutorial vids. The hardest bit was the ribbon type cable getting reattached.
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    Congrats, and I agree, some of those cables can be a bit tricky, but I'm sure now with an SSD, your iMac must feel brand new.
     

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