Late 2006 24” iMac SSD in Optical Bay

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  1. lastmile macrumors regular

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    Looking for a PATA to SATA adapter that I can use to replace my Late-2006 24” iMac’s optical drive with a SSD.

    I replaced the hard drive with an SSD a few years ago. I’d seen optical bay mounts (look like a laptop optical drive but have a cut out to mount a 2.5” drive) on OWC but they did not sell one compatible with my iMac. I’m looking again now because I want to keep the SSD but add a larger drive for storage.
     
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  3. lastmile thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks! I love putting SSDs in my old Macs. I hope the PATA interface doesn’t degrade performance too much compared to the SATA port I have it on now. I guess access time is most important for responsiveness so that should really change unless the bridge hurts it.
     
  4. Guy Clark, Apr 22, 2018
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    There will be a slight degradation but performance will be much improved on a mechanical HDD. There are other options too. If you haven't got the SSD yet consider a Seagate SSHD Solid State Hybrid Drive which are are available in 3.5" format so it would be just a case of cloning and swapping out the HDD Drive. The advantage of SSHD is they offer an improvement in performance and greater capacity at a lower cost. Also the interface is SATA so there will be less degradation
    https://www.seagate.com/gb/en/solutions/solid-state-hybrid/
    https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iMac+Intel+24-Inch+EMC+2111+Hard+Drive+Replacement/5211
     
  5. lastmile thread starter macrumors regular

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    I’ve had an older 256GB Crucial SSD in the iMac for about a year. I got the iMac used and it’s in great shape. It sucks thst it’s stuck on Snow Leopard (even though I really like that version of OS X) now that new browsers are not supported.

    I’m thinking about building a PC (or expanding my current one) to do multiple Blu-ray/DVD rips at once. I might leave the original rips on the PC and move Handbrake compressed versions over to the iMac. At least I’d have the compressed file even if I lost a drive holding the original rips. Based on price/GB I think the iMac will get a 4 TB WD Red drive.
     
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    You should be able to run Lion but that would be gaining nothing as it is just as unsupported as Snow Leopard. Make sure you use Firefox 45.9 ESR as your web browser. The upside is you can run Windows 7 on Bootcamp which at this time is still receiving substantial support
    https://everymac.com/systems/apple/imac/specs/imac-core-2-duo-2.16-24-inch-specs.html
     
  7. lastmile thread starter macrumors regular

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    I think I'd only been using Safari and Chrome. I'll try Firefox.

    I may eventually set it up to triple boot OS X, Windows 7, and some version of Linux.

    I've got (too many) other Macs and PCs, but not that many monitors or lots of space. I've owned several used acrylic and aluminum 23" Cinema Displays and I wish the one's I'd gotten had screens as good as this iMac.

    The iMac should do a good job as a file server/back up drive and for use with things like MS Office. I'd also been using it with whichever version of Acrobat Pro came with CS3 since I refuse to buy a new version.

    Graphics and CPU upgrades don't seem worth the expense.

    I am curious about what I might use the Airport mini-PCIe slot for an started a separate thread on that.
     

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