iMac (late 2013) PCIe flash storage

plan9os

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I want to add a PCIe flash hard drive to an iMac 21.5", late 2013. I have a hard time locating such a part. OWC has none, and some of local Mac dealers were clueless to what I'm looking for.

If you know of a specific part number, and where to order from, please post here.

I've replaced the Hitachi hard drive with an Intel 530 SSD. Works fine. During memory upgrade, I noticed the empty PCIe slot on the logic board. Would be cool to put in in service, too.

For easy access to internals, I've used some black electric tape to keep the display in place. Doesn't bother me!
 

g4cube

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I want to add a PCIe flash hard drive to an iMac 21.5", late 2013. I have a hard time locating such a part. OWC has none, and some of local Mac dealers were clueless to what I'm looking for.

If you know of a specific part number, and where to order from, please post here.

I've replaced the Hitachi hard drive with an Intel 530 SSD. Works fine. During memory upgrade, I noticed the empty PCIe slot on the logic board. Would be cool to put in in service, too.

For easy access to internals, I've used some black electric tape to keep the display in place. Doesn't bother me!
Only available from Apple as a replacement service part. A service technician might be able to source one for you.

Or gamble on an ebay purchase of the actual Apple part:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-Samsung-1TB-SSD-for-MacBook-Pro-Retina-NEW-Mac-Pro-Late-2013-Models-only-/161266049594?pt=US_Solid_State_Drives&hash=item258c34a23a
 

yjchua95

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I want to add a PCIe flash hard drive to an iMac 21.5", late 2013. I have a hard time locating such a part. OWC has none, and some of local Mac dealers were clueless to what I'm looking for.

If you know of a specific part number, and where to order from, please post here.

I've replaced the Hitachi hard drive with an Intel 530 SSD. Works fine. During memory upgrade, I noticed the empty PCIe slot on the logic board. Would be cool to put in in service, too.

For easy access to internals, I've used some black electric tape to keep the display in place. Doesn't bother me!
No one makes PCIe SSDs for iMac other than SanDisk or Samsung, in which both are only directly available for Apple.

Perhaps OWC will be able to come up with some kind of third party upgrade in the future.
 

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yjchua95

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Isn't that just a Samsung XP941 PCI-E SSD?
The XP941s have the NGFF M.2 form factor.

Apple's PCIe form factor is proprietary (non-NGFF M.2).

However, the controllers and NAND found in the SM-series Apple PCIe SSDs are identical to the XP941s.

So basically, the Apple SM-series PCIe SSDs are XP941s with the proprietary Apple form factor.
 

Armandiux

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Feb 16, 2015
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I want to add a PCIe flash hard drive to an iMac 21.5", late 2013. I have a hard time locating such a part. OWC has none, and some of local Mac dealers were clueless to what I'm looking for.

If you know of a specific part number, and where to order from, please post here.

I've replaced the Hitachi hard drive with an Intel 530 SSD. Works fine. During memory upgrade, I noticed the empty PCIe slot on the logic board. Would be cool to put in in service, too.

For easy access to internals, I've used some black electric tape to keep the display in place. Doesn't bother me!

I have been searching and adding the help of yjchua95 and now I am sure that
Samsung PCIe SSD blades models MZ-JPU512T/OA6 (512GB) and MZ-JPU256T/OA6 (256GB) works with the following models:

MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2013)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2014)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2013)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2014)
iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2013)
iMac (27-inch, Late 2013)
iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014)

Mac Pro (Late 2013)[/COLOR]
Mac mini (Late 2014)

So you could look for it at eBay for some that was removed from used equipment. I cal to Apple service center but they are clueles about the part numbre or model.

GOOD NEWS !! I called to OWC and they told me that they will have some options of SSD PCIe blades (I think Aura brand) by the second quarter of this year so I decided to wait for two reasons, Price and brand new piece. They already placed a installing demo video at Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHVOCoi6Q6E&list=PLV6G5UHzWDx2ru-g_V9DCSmlGnr-O1mmq&index=8
 
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votinh1412

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iMac PCIe SSD

hi, jichua 95
I'm not sure SSUAX MZ-JPU256T/0A1 can compatible with iMac 21.5 Inch Late 2013 (ME087)... Please check it for me... Because i'm new in iMac.
And i stay in VietNam, if I buy anything in eBay or Amazon, i must have 100 percent sure for it that compatible with my iMac. Because it takes long time to arrive :(
Thanks for your help!!!
 

yjchua95

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hi, jichua 95
I'm not sure SSUAX MZ-JPU256T/0A1 can compatible with iMac 21.5 Inch Late 2013 (ME087)... Please check it for me... Because i'm new in iMac.
And i stay in VietNam, if I buy anything in eBay or Amazon, i must have 100 percent sure for it that compatible with my iMac. Because it takes long time to arrive :(
Thanks for your help!!!
Yes, it'll work.