Is the current iMac HDD upgradeable?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by raymondu999, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. raymondu999 macrumors 65816

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    Hey folks - due to a lack of BTO capability in my country, I have to buy a Mac from the stores - where they only carry the stock models. I'm wondering if it's possible to upgrade the drive after purchasing? i.e. buy a 3rd party SSD, then switch out the internal existing HDD with an SSD?

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  2. Bear macrumors G3

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    It is possible but not everyone is comfortable with doing what is needed. Also, replacing the disk yourself can void the warranty. I would suggest just using an external disk for the additional storage.
     
  3. raymondu999 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm not looking for extra storage, I'm looking for extra performance, so I'm looking to switch out to an SSD.
     
  4. Bear macrumors G3

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    Attach an SSD via USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt and use that as your boot disk. You'll get the performance you're looking for.
     
  5. TyPod macrumors 68000

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    I would suggest this as well. Taking the screen off is really risky unless you've done it before.
     
  6. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    I agree with the excellent advice given here. I may open my own iMac for customization in the future, but not at least until the 3 years of AppleCare have expired.

    As Bear mentioned, an external SSD is a great option. You can get a Thunderbolt enclosure for about $100 now and a 256GB SSD for about $170. Throw in another $30 for a Thunderbolt cable and you're good to go. You can save even more by going with a USB 3 enclosure for a slight performance hit. Then you install OS X and boot off the SSD and can use the internal HD for storage.
     

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