iMac 2010 21.5" - HDD to SDD - Special Bracket

Discussion in 'iMac' started by user418, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. user418 macrumors 6502a

    user418

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    I've searched the forums and googled for results but I can't seem to find the answer. All that I've read states that an adaptor/bracket is required for the iMac 2010 27" model. OWC lists available kits but they all seem to be for the 21.5" 2011 model or the 27" 2010/2011 models. All I want to do is replace the existing HDD with an SSD in my 2010 21.5" model. Can anyone clarify this for me.
     
  2. G-Mo macrumors 6502

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    You can't just replace the 3.5" HDD in a 2010 iMac with an SSD. Even if you get a bracket or enclosure, like Icybox, these iMacs have a proprietary temperature sensor and cable that connects to the logic board and controls the fan, without the cable, the fans go full on all the time; the solution (fan control software) is potentially harmful. The 2010 27-inch has space for an SSD behind the ODD and requires only a bracket kit, as few screws (or double sided tape) and a SATA power/data cable, the 21.5-inch doesn't have the space (it was added for the mid/late 2011s).
     
  3. user418 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    user418

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    It can be done. I'm just not clear on the bracket issue.

    Take a look at this video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYZLqLDx2f8
     
  4. G-Mo macrumors 6502

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    Of course it can be done (did you read my post?)...

    Also, I wouldn't follow that video too much, that guy is a pylon and does just about everything wrong.
     

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