Old iMac, New life.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tomaszjc7, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. tomaszjc7 macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2012
    I purchased my iMac in 2008, when the new Aluminum 24" model was release.

    Since then the machine's performance has declined and recently the left speaker and hard drive gave out. So, I decided to perform an upgrade. I've read a lot about people upgrading to an SSD + HD – this definitely interested me.

    Doing so required the removal of the optical drive - which was easy to part with as I hardly use the thing. However, given that the optical drive is connected via ATAPI (PATA), utilizing such a connection would severely hobble the SSD speed (via optical drive caddy). As a result, I decided to purchase the commell MPX-3132 Sata II mini pcie card forgoing wifi as my machine is wired with Ethernet. Since you cannot boot off the commell card the SSD had to be wired to the logic board’s sata port while the 1TB storage drive would be connected to the commell card.

    In all, the upgrade was well worth the time and money spent – the machine hums along very nicely with 10.7.3 installed. Further, the read/write speeds of upgrading from my external firewire 1TB to an internal Sata II are pleasing.

    One Issue I ran into was getting power to both hard drives. This was resolved using a simple Sata Power splitter cable. As you can see in the pictures – I had to reposition the 1TB HD to accommodate the new Power/Data sata cables – although it technically shouldn’t fit I figured out a way to make it work. :)

    The upgrade include the flowing equipment:

    Western Digital 1TB 7200 Black Caviar
    OCZ Vertex 2 120GB SSD
    Commell MPX-3132 Card
    4GB RAM module (total of 6GB)
    One Sata Power Splitter
    One Sata data extension cable

    Thanks to all those who posted info on upgrading iMacs on the forum!


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  2. tomaszjc7 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2012
    more pics...

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  3. Shadow1psc macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2012
    That's some pretty boss upgrading. I've taken apart, upgraded and built many PCs in my time (it's my job!), but disassembling an iMac and performing much of the same simple tasks seems like much more of an achievement, and much more intricate. I'd honestly be scared to attempt that :D
  4. tomaszjc7 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2012
    Thank you! :)

    From everything I've read on the forums many people have that impression -but honestly, with the right tools (suction cups!), some patience and a good guide (ifixtit.com) it's not nearly as impossible as most people make it seem.
  5. nate13 macrumors 6502


    Feb 16, 2004
    Fargo, ND
    Usually it's more about keeping track of screws and, like you said, the right tools. Changing iPod batteries was SO MUCH EASIER with plastic tools rather than fingernails... :eek:
  6. tomaszjc7 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2012
    Exactly... screw management is key.

    I'll probably be taking the machine apart again soon as I plan to use the additional SATA II port on the commell card to act as an eSata port. Doing so, I plan to remove the right hand speaker (currently using a bose 3 system), laser etch an opening on the back of the imac to house the eSata port in the same area as the rest of the ports - this upgrade will be a bit more complex but def. worth it.
  7. chevalier433 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2011
    I reasearching to do the same mod with commell MPX-3132 to add a third internal SSD plus an extra eSATA but i don't see any positive references about this card regnonized from my mid-2010 iMac.
  8. tomaszjc7 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2012
    yep - i have read that 2010 model imac's do not recognize the commell card.
  9. chevalier433 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2011
    That what happens if we give a lot publicity in mods
  10. pagaille macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2011
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    photosmike macrumors member

    Mar 10, 2010
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    pagaille macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2011
    2nd UPDATE : The card looks to be DOA : I tried it in another computer, it wasn't detected as well.

    Anyhow, this update is useless for me since I want to implement a Fusion drive. Since that technology (basically a SSD+HDD logical volume with apple magic) requires both drives to be "bootable" (at least drives have to be readable at early boot, thus without 3rd party drivers), the controller needs an EFI Bios, which is not the case for any SATA controller in this PCI-E form factor.
  13. nouxtywe macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2014

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