iMac 27 hd replace

Discussion in 'iMac' started by elirand5, Feb 5, 2017.

  1. elirand5 macrumors newbie

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    Hello!
    I am using iMac 27 2015 with 1T HDD but its working slowly
    I want to replace for ssd but its to expensive
    The solution is to run the os from external hd
    what is faster and better ssd with usb3 or hd with thunderbolt?
     
  2. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    The faster and better would be a external SATA SSD in a USB3 enclosure (make sure it supports UASP Transfer Protocol).
     
  3. elirand5 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. dictoresno macrumors 601

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    The replacement isn't too bad. The difference between running even an SSD internally vs externally is very noticeable.

    Usb3 is slower than thunderbolt however thunderbolt external devices are very expensive. Just replace the drive internally. Took me $10 in tools, $10 for the adhesive kit to replace the screen and just paid attention to the walk through. It was easier than I thought.

    The speeds now that i mounted it inside are a lot faster when I ran the same SSD externally via USB3

    It will cost you more to use it externally via thunderbolt and will cost the same if you mount it internally. The cost of the USB enclosure washes out the cost of the parts needed.
     
  5. elirand5 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yes you are wright but to change internally is more expensive and if you do it along
    its cancel the warranty
     
  6. tubeexperience, Feb 6, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2017

    tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    Nope, that is not true.

    You can buy the upgrade kit here.
    https://eshop.macsales.com/search/IMACHDD12

    And of cause, this does not void the warranty.

    Here's the videos:

     
  7. dictoresno macrumors 601

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    Its not more expensive to do the internal swap but it does indeed void the warranty

    The SSD cost me $140
    The tool kit I got on Amazon was $11
    The adhesive strip kit I got on eBay for $10
     
  8. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 6502a

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    I used a Silicon Power Thunderbolt as an external SSD on my former 2012 21.5" iMac and it was superb. Read and write speed faster than 90% of internal SSDs. Now I use it as an external backup on my new 27" iMac.
     

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