Does anyone know if the 512GB SSD in 2019 is hard soldered?

MrTk

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I have a 2009 27" that I've upgraded over the years. It runs an SSD drive and is maxed out in RAM. It needs to be replaced, but it's amazing I've gotten 10 years out of this computer.

I would like to buy a 2019 and am considering the top model--but I do NOT want to pay the extra cost Apple adds for SSD space and Fusion is a NON-STARTER for me. I would rather open up my new iMac and slide in a 3 TB SSD over the 512.....if that is possible. I know this question may be a bit too new as I'm sure not many have been opened yet.

Any rumors if the SSD is incorporated or replaceable?
 

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You could get a Fusion Drive, and open it up to replace the HDD part. It would most likely be a lot cheaper while still pretty fast.
 

MrTk

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You could get a Fusion Drive, and open it up to replace the HDD part. It would most likely be a lot cheaper while still pretty fast.
I've thought of that very idea; however, I just don't know what the interface is. Eventually it will be well publicized cause I think that's the best option. Get a reasonably large boot drive and a spinning junker disk. Replace the spinner with your own SSD and save $500 bucks in the effort--at least.
 

Fishrrman

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We won't know until someone "tears one down", but my guess is that the storage on 2019 iMacs is soldered in place, same as on the 2018 Mini...
 

MrTk

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We won't know until someone "tears one down", but my guess is that the storage on 2019 iMacs is soldered in place, same as on the 2018 Mini...
Imagine if that is true....what happens when an SSD module (HD) starts to fail. Replacement of entire motherboard. WOW. Likely wouldn't surprise me as Apple isn't looking out for the do-it-yourself type person, in the least.
 

adamk77

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We won't know until someone "tears one down", but my guess is that the storage on 2019 iMacs is soldered in place, same as on the 2018 Mini...
I'd place my bet on it not being soldered. This was just a spec bump with a new CPU.

The 4K version isn't soldered. I don't expect the 5K being soldered.

 

pshufd

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I'm going to get the 256 and hang a 1TB off of the USB3 port. If, at some point, the situation improves, then I will look at replacing the internal.
 

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I'd place my bet on it not being soldered.
I would make that bet too.

Of course we don't know yet, but I bet that Apple didn't solder the storage.

Maybe if there was a redesign, but since it looks like it was mostly a spec bump, we might be safe from soldered storage on the iMac.... For now...
 

adamk77

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I would make that bet too.

Of course we don't know yet, but I bet that Apple didn't solder the storage.

Maybe if there was a redesign, but since it looks like it was mostly a spec bump, we might be safe from soldered storage on the iMac.... For now...
That and Apple still offers the Fusion drive as an option. Has there ever been a soldered Fusion drive? The Fusion drive is not an option on the Mac Mini.