Installing an SSD after purchase

Discussion in 'iMac' started by yakkowarner epi, May 27, 2011.

  1. yakkowarner epi macrumors member

    May 1, 2011
    I called an apple store near me and asked them this question. If I purchased a 2011 iMac now (the model I want is in their store now) can they install their SSD in my 2011 iMac in 6 months from now when their supplies are good. He said no. Is this correct?

    Can I have an apple certified repair shop do it for me instead?

    The third option is to do it myself but it sounds a bit harder than working on my old PC tower. It was really easy to do things like this to my PC tower so it's something I'm familiar with.

    The reason I want to go this route is I don't want to wait 4-8 weeks just for the SSD. I know, I'm impatient. But I really want the SSD and I want my iMac NOW.

    And a side question.
    What should I do with my Mac mini now that I will no longer be needing it? Can I turn it into a movie player for my HDTV? Or?

  2. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    You will get varying opinions here, my vote be patient and do it right. Patience is a virtue. :)
  3. iLidz macrumors member


    May 19, 2011
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    First option is correct AFAIK no apple store will install an SSD after the fact.

    Second option: If you have an authorized apple service center in your area they should be able to an the SSD for you and not void your warranty.

    Third option: You can DIY if you're feeling up to doing the surgery yourself. Obviously you're doing this at your own risk but you're saving yourself the shop labor (~$100 or so). There is at least 1 very good procedure on this forum with pics. This is what I plan to do in the not so distant future.

    As for the mini. I would install xbmc, install the HDMI to my flat panel and let the good times roll
  4. yakkowarner epi thread starter macrumors member

    May 1, 2011
    Thanks for the replies. I guess I will just install the SSD at a later date with someone apple certified. I have some video/picture editing I want to do before school starts on August first. It doesn't look like I'll get my order in time if I choose the SSD custom order. The Mac Mini doesn't cut it in these two areas.


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