Changing SSD in iMac with preconfiged HDD and SSD

Discussion in 'iMac' started by mortenfjord, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. mortenfjord macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2009
    Aarhus C, Denmark

    I have seen a lot of guides on how to change/add a hdd/ssd in the iMac. And despite of good guides i'm a bit intimidated of the process, so my question is:

    If I buy an iMac with preconfigured HDD and SSD, will it then be easier to swap the SSD for a faster (say Intel 510), than if I just bought a standard iMac with a HDD and then added an SSD? Would I then have to peal out the login board and everything as in this guide: ? Or is it then easier?

    I will be greatfull for your insight!

  2. Legion93 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011
    Death Star, Rishi Maze
    You don't need additional equipment such as an optibay, get a standard iMac and replace it's HDD with an SSD, there's tonnes of videos on YouTube explaining the process.
  3. Chris5488 macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2011
    If you want a SSD and need an extra HDD, just buy a Mac with only an HDD, replace it for a SSD and attach an external HDD using Firewire800.

    Cheapest and fastest SSD and HDD combination you can get!
  4. mortenfjord thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2009
    Aarhus C, Denmark
    Thanks for your reply!

    My goal is to have both a HDD for data and a SSD for system.
    Is there an optibay for iMac? Link?

    If I do the FireWire 800 solution, won't it then slow down the HDD ?

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