iMac 2011 => 2 TB Harddrive and 8 GB RAM?

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  1. Paradoxeon macrumors member

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    So, I'm planning to sell my late 2009 iMac for the imminent 2011 iMac. Assuming form factor won't change (more specifically, assuming that the way that I can open up the iMac won't change), would it be possible to open up my 2009 iMac and transfer what I can to the 2011 iMac? Because I already have the RAM and harddisk, so I can just pull out the hard disk from my 2009 iMac and stick it into the 2011 when it comes, can't I? Same with the RAM? Thanks for your replies in advance.
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    You'll have to wait and see what the new one looks like. Hd most likely won't be a problem.
     
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  4. CHSeifert macrumors 6502

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    Ram and HDD will not be a problem to transfer - it will be directly compatible for sure :)
     
  5. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    half wrong.

    No way on the ram, unless you bought 1333mhz ram for your iMac -- but I would bet that is 1066, too slow for current and future iMac.

    Your drive will work -- SATA connections are the same and all are backward compatiable. But as long as you plan on reformatting and reinstalling OS X with the disk the new mac comes with. Odds are the Snow Leo install on your 2009 iMac will be missing important pieces that the 2011 iMac has. No Mac will run the system older than what it shipped with. So if it ships with 10.6.9, your 10.6.7 disk wont work. And you might be able to update to 10.6.9, but 10.6.9 for 2009 iMacs might not be the same as the 10.6.9 that the new mac comes with.

    maybe you could just throw that 2TB drive in a nice FW800 or Thunderbolt case.
     
  6. Paradoxeon thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks! Checked my ram under the About this Mac menu, it's 1067 :( Shame about not being able to salvage anything. Oh well. 'least I'll be able to get a higher price on selling it to Gazelle or something. Good point on the harddrive - sticking it into a thunderbolt case. ARE there any, currently? Gonna have to do some googling. Anyway, thx again :D
     
  7. CHSeifert macrumors 6502

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    I pretty sure that you can use 1066 ram in Sandy bridge iMacs ;)

    Sandy Bridge should support 1066 ram, so don't worry :D
     
  8. Pavia macrumors regular

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Sandy Bridge the name of the CPU?
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it the motherboard, which decides what RAM is supported?
     
  9. CHSeifert macrumors 6502

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    Not quite - Sandy Bridge is a new CPU but with that also comes a new chipset and therefore also a new mother board which very often also comes with a new socket design :)

    So you see - it's all linked together :)

    Sandy Bridge chipset is called Cougar and was delayed from Intel because of lack of proper support for SATA 3
     
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    The memory controller is in the CPU.
     
  11. Pavia macrumors regular

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    I love when I find a thread with your posts in. You're always right, always well-phrased, thank you ;)!
     
  12. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    Im 100% sure you are incorrect.
     
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