iMac early 2009 - does it support SSD ??

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  1. fabthi macrumors newbie

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    Hi everybody
    I have an iMac 20" early 2009 2.66GHz for which I'd like to replace the old internal disk with an SSD unit.
    Only, I have had controversial responses from various assistance services; while some say SSD are perfectly supported by the machine, others denied this possibility.
    Anybody who has already gone through this or could tell me what the reality is on this issue??
    Thanks to all for the help

    Fabio
     
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Yes it does. Hell you can put an ssd in older generations even the old g4's
     
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  4. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    All you need is the correct SSD. If your Mac is using SATA II HDD, then any SATA III SSD (e.g. 850 Evo) will work, but speed cap at SATA II speed (which is not an issue at all, the main benefit to use SSD is high IOPS but not high sequential speed).

    However, the new PCIe / NVMe SSD won't work in your Mac.
     
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  7. mamini macrumors newbie

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    If you dont want to take the risk of physically replaceing the old HD, you could always boot from an external SSD once the OS has been copied to it with "superduper". I did this yesterday via USB but will be faster when I get a firewire connecting dock (which is on its way).
     

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