Late 2013 iMac SSD upgrade

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  1. b1llyb0y, Aug 16, 2015
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    b1llyb0y macrumors newbie

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    Hi!

    I have a late 2013 iMac that has a factory installed 256gb SSD .. I find that I am running out of space now, i am confused as to which SSD would work on it?

    I have read there are PCIe now, i am unsure as to whether I need a standard SATA or a PCIe and am unsure what models / makes would work?

    Appreciate any help given.
     
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  3. matreya macrumors 65816

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    You have limited upgrade options available to you with this model iMac. The PCIe SSD inside the iMac cannot be replaced by a 3rd-party SSD. So, you'd have to find a larger PCIe specifically for your model iMac on eBay that someone has pulled from another machine.

    Your alternative is to buy an external thunderbolt enclosure and an SSD.
     
  4. b1llyb0y thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply, would you or anybody else know the relevant model numbers / apple product codes? as Genuine Apple SSD would be just fine
     
  5. matreya macrumors 65816

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    Sorry I don't know the part numbers/product codes for a replacement PCIe SSD.
     
  6. soomster macrumors regular

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    What about additional 3d. party SSD?
    Isn't that possible?
     
  7. matreya macrumors 65816

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    iMacs fitted with PCIe SSDs don't have sata socket for HDD. You'd need an iMac that was factory fitted with a Fusion drive to be able to upgrade it's HDD to an SSD...
     
  8. soomster macrumors regular

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    DAMN! FAIL FAIL FAIL!!
    If I only knew that before I bougt SSD 256 only!
    I was always planning to add extra SSD to my iMac, is there no way to add this "extra sata socket" ?

    So the option is to by authentic PCIe SSD or add external thunterbolt ssd drive?

    Would this high speed Samsug PCIe SSD work:
    http://www.extremetech.com/computin...ie-3-0-ssd-breaking-2gbps-performance-barrier
     
  9. matreya macrumors 65816

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    I haven't seen any way to do that, perhaps someone else might know a way?

    Yes.

    No, because Apple PCIe SSDs have a proprietary interface :/ There are currently no 3rd-party PCIe SSDs available for your iMac
     
  10. soomster macrumors regular

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    And where can I buy 1TB PCIe SSD original and authenticated from Apple ?
     
  11. matreya macrumors 65816

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    There's one reseller on eBay that is asking more than the cost of an iMac for the SSD...

    Seriously, you're better off going with an external SSD or moving your iTunes folder to an external hard drive...
     
  12. soomster macrumors regular

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    Thank you for your replies.
    Looks like i have to bite the bullet on this one. :)
    Can you recommend some good external thunderbolt SSD box?
     
  13. matreya macrumors 65816

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    This:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MOTGTBH5T1.0/

    I took the HDD out of it (unfortunately you cannot buy a small Thunderbolt enclosure that doesn't already have a drive inside it) and put in a 480GB Intel 730 SSD, but if you can afford it, you should be able to use something like a 1TB Samsung 850 EVO...

    Another option if you can live with the reduced size is:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Lacie/9000491/

    Although going from 256 to 500-odd GB is hardly a big improvement.
     
  14. soomster macrumors regular

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    Thank you for that information, good to know there is option after all. I did split my 256 with bootcamp, tvo 128gb partitions one for win and one for macos. My iMac is almost unusable with so little space.
    I will buy one of the option you linked here, the orange one has built in ssd and the other one has hdd to swap out. I have to choose :)

    Have you done speedtest on your external drive? If so are you satisfied ?
    And do you have your system files there or just additional space?
    I was thinking of having the internal drive for macos and the external for windows and some games, given it will work that way.
     
  15. matreya macrumors 65816

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    Yes, I get about 485MB/sec reads on it, 385MB/sec writes.

    It's a clone of my entire system volume.

    I have no experience with using Windows on an external thunderbolt enclosure... good luck with that.
     
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  17. CDN Logic macrumors newbie

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    Check out this link first http://www.everymac.com/systems/app...grade-imac-hard-drive-aluminum-2012-2013.html
     

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