Looking to upgrade to SSD drive on '07 Mac, what's compatible?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by MK25toLife, Jan 25, 2016.

  1. MK25toLife macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2007

    I am pretty sure my hard drive is done for. I have everything backed up on Time Machine to an external hard drive. Ideally I would like to upgrade to a 1TB SSD drive and restore everything from TM which was running El Capitan.

    I am planning to do this upgrade on my own. Does everything I just described above sound feasible? Can someone help me find the appropriate SSD drive to buy that is compatible?

    Below is the info for my Mac.

  2. MadDane macrumors 6502a

    Apr 5, 2015
    What you want to do is definitely feasible. A 1TB Samsung EVO 850 is a good drive that will work with your machine (any SSD with SATA will work). Besides that you will need an adapter/bracket to convert from 3.5" to 2.5". Or double sided tape.
  3. Berlepsch macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2007
    MadDane gave you the right tips. From my experience, I would add that the mounting bracket for the original HDD will not work with every 2.5" adapter; I couldn't use the one that I bought with the new drive. Since the SSD is quite light and does not vibrate, I just used double sided tape to fix the SSD to the back casing of the iMac.

    You can find detailed descriptions and videos how to replace a disk in the 2007 iMacs on the internet - with the help of these and the proper tools the process isn't very difficult. Just watch out for the cables.

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