Is installing a SSD on a iMac hard to do?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jlyanks85, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. jlyanks85 macrumors 6502a

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    Even though I just bought this 27" i7 imac a few months ago, and it's plenty powerful for me, I would like to make boot times even faster with a ssd. Seeing as they were like 500-600 dollars to add when I was first buying this imac, I stayed away from adding it on.

    If the installation isn't to hard, like how installing ram on the imac is easy, I would try to install one myself.

    Just don't want to do something wrong where I can ruin my iMac.
     
  2. iMikeT macrumors 68020

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    Is it hard to do? I think it's only difficult if you do not have a clue of what you're doing.



    There are plenty of resources here in the forum and throughout the internet that will aid you into installing an SSD in an iMac yourself. A simple search through Google and in this forum would answer your question and there would be no need to start a new thread. ;)
     
  3. jlyanks85 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry for starting a new thread, just didn't see any tips on the first page. I remember seeing a helpful ssd intall tip on here a couple months ago ,but I'm sure that's 40-50 pages back by now.
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Ignore the thread police and his non-response.

    The inside of your iMac is not made to be user serviceable and there is a lot in there you can break. It is much more complicated than the easy to install memory chips you mentioned. Watch a video or two on how to do it then decide if it is something you think you want to tackle.
     
  5. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    I agree the only thing I'd add is if the OP cares about the warranty on his machine I'd recommend he very carefully read it prior to opening his iMac. He should be aware that he may void the warranty by doing the surgery.
     
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  7. jlyanks85 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Damn that doesn't look like something I can do on my own with ruining my iMac. Guess I'll just have to stick with a regular hdd, until I upgrade in 2 years or so.

    Would really like to have one in the iMac though with those crazy fast boot up times.
     
  8. sportster macrumors 6502

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    I recently changed the HD out on my 20" iMac. It was not hard to do, but it was nerve-racking. I put a 2TB WD drive in my iMac. Don't let all the post about it being hard scare you. Just take your time, be extra careful, and make sure you have all the right size tools before you began. Like the others said there are many tutorials out there, I even watched videos on Youtube before I did mine.
     

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