Resolved New SDD EMC 2133 MA876LL mid-2007 iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by pgreenwood, May 10, 2016.

  1. pgreenwood macrumors newbie

    Apr 11, 2016
    Nebraska USA
    This machine was recently upgraded to a 1TB HDD and 6G RAM. The operative partition on the HDD has been shrunk down to 150G or so and is about 28% full. The file-access performance improvement is quite impressive. Everything is running fine under OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion. However the weak graphics power is now sorely evident.

    I plan to remove the 1T HDD and replace with a 240G SSD in carrier. I have a Plugable Lay-Flat dock with USB connection.

    (Anticipating your suggestion - I don't want to use the 1T HDD as extra storage in this machine.)

    A. What's the "best" way to get the new disk in and migrate the current data to the new disk? (I'm fuzzy about how I should otherwise get a fresh OS install onto an otherwise pristine drive. I need some step-by-step help on this piece.)

    1. ddrescue the HDD to the SDD?

    2. use the SDD as a Time Machine drive?

    3. Put the unformatted SDD into the machine and hope for the best?

    B. El Capitan

    1. Should I go there or stay with Mountain Lion or something in between?

    2. if so, I should upgrade the OS after the new drive is installed and working satisfactorily under 10.8, correct?

    Thank you all in advance for sharing your hard-earned knowledge!
  2. pgreenwood thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 11, 2016
    Nebraska USA
    Thank you for all the views! I finally tackled this project yesterday afternoon.

    A. I booted into Recovery and using Disk Utility formatted the new SSD over the Pluggable USB dock. Then used the Recover option in Disk Utility to clone the HDD contents to the SSD. Verifying that I could boot to the SSD while connected over USB I then set about to replace the HDD with the SSD.

    There was a small glitch. As observed by others, the SATA and power cables aren't quite long enough to reach a SSD mounted in a symmetrical 3.5in carrier. So I "Z bent" the mounting arms of the carrier so the SSD would be shifted toward the bottom of the iMac case. That gave me the 0.25in or so that made the difference.

    B. I chose to give El Capitan a try after verifying that everything was operating properly on the cloned SSD. The reviewers who hate it really hate it. The reviewers who love it really love it. I suppose the truth is somewhere in between.

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