DIY - Lets take this 2013 iMac apart and upgrade to SSD!

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  1. II BISTRO II macrumors member

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    OK, ill be the guinea pig. I want to upgrade the HDD in my 27" 2013 iMac to an SSD. I know plenty others are looking for a DIY so lets figure this out together!

    I will take apart my iMac and attempt to put in an SSD, all i need if for you guys to help me though it and throw suggestions at me.

    Post links to a good SSD (500 - 1TB size) along with any cables that i might need. I will figure out a way to mount it in there and post a detailed DIY with pics.

    I will also do any benchmarks that you guys request.

    Lets do this MacRumors!
     
  2. gavinstubbs09 macrumors 65816

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    All you need for the upgrade is some double-sided tape, SSD and the 2.5 to 3.5 adapter to mount it. I would hate taking it apart and putting it back together because I would be worried the replacement tape would eventually break and have the sheet of glass fall on my desk and just shatter.
     
  3. Insar, Sep 30, 2013
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    There is a topic that really helped me
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1507713&page=41

    The cable is not necessary.
    Simply replace the HDD SSD via the adapter.
    To install the Apple SSD is necessary to disassemble iMac completely. It's not difficult.

    External Lacie Littli Big Disk Thunderbolt SSD 512GB or 1 TB will be faster one SSD inside the iMac.
     
  4. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    iFixit has the kit, Youtube has the video, and Macrumors search function has the SSD.
     
  5. KOTULCN macrumors 6502

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    I want to add a second drive (SSD) in addition to the Apple 1tb HDD. OP can you please let us know if a second drive requires a power cable or Y cable?
     
  6. MikeChicago macrumors member

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    Related Question...

    I actually thought about the upgrade myself, so I reached out to Apple to ask about Applecare status if such upgrade was to be performed. Would it void the warranty? The answer Apple gave is "No, as long as the work is performed by the Apple store or an authorized Apple repair facility"

    Hmm... any thoughts on going the DYI route? Would there be a concern about the warranty?
     
  7. II BISTRO II, Sep 30, 2013
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    II BISTRO II thread starter macrumors member

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    is this a good deal for genuine apple ssd?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-Toshi...-THNS256GG8BBAA-AP-655-1558B-46-/190913748832

    or which one of these 3 would u guys prefer?

    samsung 840 evo
    http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/memory-storage/MZ-7TE1T0BW

    ocw mercury extreme
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/SSDMX6G480/

    ocz vector
    http://www.provantage.com/ocz-technology-vtr1-25sat3-512g~7OCZT0TM.htm


    the samsung seems like a steal at 650$ for 1TB with almost the same read/write speeds as the other two, am i overlooking something?
     
  8. Insar macrumors newbie

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  9. KOTULCN macrumors 6502

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    The more I think about it it would make more sense to install a second drive, an SSD in addition to the standard 1tb HDD instead of adding a flash PCIe module.
     
  10. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Is there an extra SATA port in the 2013 model? Apple switched to PCIe SSDs so they no longer need two SATA ports, so I would guess that there's only one SATA port and an SSD upgrade must be done using the PCIe slot.
     
  11. KOTULCN macrumors 6502

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    According to the iFixit tear down of the 27" 2013 iMac it says there is both an extra SATA slot & PCIe connection.
     
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    Where? Because all I can see is this:

    Which, in my opinion, suggests the PCIe connector, not an extra SATA port.
     
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    They are basing their information on the iFixit teardown, which only talks about an empty Fusion Drive connector (i.e. the PCIe slot). iFixit's bullet point is rather unclear as they talk about adding a second hard drive but say that it's possible due to an empty Fusion Drive connector, which we all know can only fit a custom Apple SSD.

    I'm still fairly certain that there isn't a second SATA port since it serves absolutely no purpose, meaning that the only way to add an SSD later on is to either replace the hard drive or find a custom Apple SSD.
     
  15. KOTULCN macrumors 6502

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    That's why I'm hoping someone, sooner rather than later, will do a tear down and verify what the specifics are.
     
  16. KOTULCN macrumors 6502

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    I just received a reply email from the iFixit tech that did the 2013 27" iMac tear down.

     
  17. II BISTRO II thread starter macrumors member

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    after seeing the speeds of the pcie ssds that come in the new imac (around 650/700 write/read respectively) ive decided to return my imac and buy a new one with a 512gb ssd

    this is a 450$ option (education pricing for me) and is way faster and cheaper than buying a 3rd party 512gb ssd

    this way i will keep my warranty and still have the option to throw in a second ssd down the road if need be

    guess i jumped the gun when ordering and didnt do enough research
     
  18. Insar macrumors newbie

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    Have you seen the speed test the new imac late 2013 ?
     
  19. kansei macrumors member

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    here's one of my 256GB with filevault 2 enabled: http://imgur.com/TBFkCCo

    definitely going to follow this thread. I went with just the 256GB SSD, but I have another SSD from my old desktop that I'd like to get into the iMac for bootcamp purposes at some point. Could go with that seagate thunderbolt adapter too but if it can go internal, might as well.
     
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    Can you post a screenshot of Serial-ATA tab in System Profiler? Just wondering if it's the same SSD as in MBA.
     
  21. kansei macrumors member

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    It is the same SSD from what I can tell from Anandtech, same revision even. Model APPLE SSD SM0256F

    http://imgur.com/jlOgerw
     
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  23. KOTULCN macrumors 6502

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    Like I said earlier booting from my external SSD (even over usb2) OSX runs faster, hopefully even faster when my USB 3 enclosure gets here. The one thing that sucks is that I cannot run bootcamp Windows 7 off the external SSD.
     
  24. Insar macrumors newbie

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    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1497778
     

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