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I am sure many of you want a 1TB Solid State Drive in your 27" iMac (Slim Unibody), but don't want pay Apple another $900 for the privilege. Well, I have good news: you can do it yourself and save over $650! It's super-simple: I did six of these upgrades in one day.

Note: applies to all 27" iMacs 2012 & Later

Guide:

Late 2012: https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iMac+Intel+27-Inch+EMC+2546+Hard+Drive+Replacement/15796

Late 2013: https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iMac+Intel+27-Inch+EMC+2639+Hard+Drive+Replacement/19643

Late 2014 and Early 2015: https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iMac+Intel+27-Inch+Retina+5K+Display+Hard+Drive+Replacement/30522

Videos:

Hardware:

Hard Drive/SSD (eg. Samsung 850 EVO 2.5"): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16820147374

Budget alternative SSD (Crucial MX300): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820156152

Budget alternative SSD (Toshiba OCZ TR150): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820228144

OWC 2.5" to 3.5" Driver Converter Bracket: https://eshop.macsales.com/item/NewerTech/ADPTADRV/

Installation kit and tools:

Note 1:
In-line Digital Thermal Sensor Cable (included in OWC's Kit) is absolutely required. It relays information about the temperature of the hard drive back to the computer.

Note 2: Not everything is required. Only buy what you need.

OWC Drive Upgrade/Installation Kits (Complete Kit):
https://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/DIYIMACHDD12/

(Optional)

OWC Drive Upgrade/Installation Kits (Mounting and Cable only Kit):
https://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/DIDIMACHDD12/

iFixit iMac Opening Wheel:
https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Tools/iMac-Opening-Wheel/IF145-219-4

iFixit Plastic Cards:
https://www.ifixit.com/Tools/Plastic-Cards/IF145-101

iFixit iMac Service Wedge:
https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Tools/iMac-Service-Wedge/IF145-224

iFixit Spudger:
https://www.ifixit.com/Tools/Spudger/IF145-002

iFixit TR9 Torx Security Screwdriver:
https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Tools/TR9-Torx-Security-Screwdriver/IF145-227-3

iFixit TR10 Torx Security Screwdriver:
https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Tools/TR10-Torx-Security-Screwdriver/IF145-080-3

iFixit Adhesive Strips (include iMac Opening Tool):
https://www.ifixit.com/Apple-Parts/iMac-Intel-27-Inch-EMC-2546-Adhesive-Strips/IF174-005-1
 
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