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Can I replace fusion drive for SSD in 27in 2019 iMac?

ipsofact0

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I have bought a full spec 27in 2019 iMac, but I only chose a fusion drive, thinking it would be possible to replace for an ssd fairly easily. However, I can't find tutorials or examples of anyone doing this with a 2019 iMac. Is it not possible? I imagined it would be the same as the earlier iMacs. Does anyone have a link to video or info tutorial for an example of this?
 

propower

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You can - but it ain't easy and will void warranty. Spec a CTO with SSD and give this one back. You could buy a Samsung X5 and use that as your boot drive - but I would rather have the internal SSD even if its small.
 

ondert

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AFAIK, it doesn't void warrant if you are able to do it without any damage. Also, you can have it replaced at some authorized resellers. I did the exact same thing and it doesn't void the warranty. Just bought an ssd and brought iMac and ssd to the reseller (not every reseller accept such replacement service) and got my iMac back a day after.
 

vertical smile

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However, I can't find tutorials or examples of anyone doing this with a 2019 iMac. Is it not possible? I imagined it would be the same as the earlier iMacs.
There is an iFixit guide for earlier Macs, I assume that it is the same or similar for the 2019, but maybe contact iFixit.

I plan on doing this on my Late 2012 iMac.

You can - but it ain't easy and will void warranty.
I don't think that this is the case in the US, unless you cause damage by doing it.
 

Fishrrman

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You don't even want to think about doing this.
It will VOID your warranty.

Is it still within "the return period"?
If so, take it back right away.
 

Benz63amg

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Oct 17, 2010
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I have bought a full spec 27in 2019 iMac, but I only chose a fusion drive, thinking it would be possible to replace for an ssd fairly easily. However, I can't find tutorials or examples of anyone doing this with a 2019 iMac. Is it not possible? I imagined it would be the same as the earlier iMacs. Does anyone have a link to video or info tutorial for an example of this?

What’s wrong with the fusion drive that made you reconsider exchanging it or swapping it out?
 

Anarchy99

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a swap is possible and easy the chassis and component layout is unchanged from the 2017 models.
if you're in the US it technically won't void your warranty by law but they will look for any reason to deny you if they can tell you opened it.
 

Don.Key

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Jan 11, 2005
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You don't even want to think about doing this.
It will VOID your warranty.

Is it still within "the return period"?
If so, take it back right away.

Hm, I upgraded SSD in my iMac 2013 and had no issue repairing broken logic board several month later with apple service partner under warranty in Europe. Now I ordered base 27" iMac and will cut it open in next days to install new 1tb Samsung 970 pro drive.

So I guess it depends on whom you bring it to. I probably would not give it directly to apple.

In any case, I'd cut my open even if it would void the warranty. But I first run it through torture test for about a week to ensure that it has no issues with graphics / bad solder joins.
 
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