Replace optical drive on Imac for SSD

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Keepoffthegrass, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. Keepoffthegrass macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2012
    I have had a good search but i'm yet to find a conclusive answer so i thought i would post a new thread.
    I have a 2007 20" imac which is now starting to get quite slow. I was thinking of putting in a small SSD for the OS and having another internal drive for storage.
    Is this possible on my machine ?
    What accessories would i need to convert the optical bay ?

    On a second note does anybody have any recommendations for a plug in external CD/DVD ( possibly Bluray ) drive ?

    I am in the UK if that helps.

    Many thanks
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    I have that same iMac and recently uppled the ODD out of it. The connection for the ODD is P-ATA and not S-ATA, thus you need to get a P-ATA SSD, or you put the SSD into the HDD slot and get a 2.5" P-ATA HDD for the ODD slot.
    I only have the SSD in my HDD slot and use an external Firewire 800 HDD bay with two 1.5 TB HDDs, thus I can not advise you on how to do what you want or even the reverse I "recommended"
  3. Keepoffthegrass thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2012
    Looking around i think I'm gonna hit a brick wall with PATA speeds on the SSD.
    How fast is the FW enclosure ?
  4. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    60 to 70 MB/s.
  5. CASLondon macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2011
    Try these guys for the right parts

    Relevant discussion here...

    Between the PATA optical slot, the 4g RAM maximum, I have to wonder if this is worth spending on a SSD for. Why not consider upgrading to a more recent machine than a 5 year old one, even a second hand one, and get more speed benefits out of this type of upgrade? If the optical slot is PATA, that's quite the speed limit.

    Or what about a Seagate Momentus hybrid on the main HDD slot, and use the firewire external for extra large storage needs?
  6. Keepoffthegrass thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2012
    That does sound like an option - thank you


    Thanks for the links - i will have plough through later at work.
    Its not my primary machine - i have RMBP for the fun stuff.
    I'm keeping it for itunes library and iphoto library duties mainly so i can stream from it. I do a bit of encoding and surfing - usual kind of stuff.
    Its due a storage bump as i'm getting to 800GB of the 1TB HD so i was looking at a fresH install on a quick drive and keeping a slave energy saving drive for storage.
    I know what you are saying about a newer one but i dont really need it.
    On reflection i could chuck in a small SSD install ML and keep my storage on a bigger FW drive ?
    ( i do think that the sluggishness is prtly down to iPhoto at the moment but thats a different storey).
  7. CASLondon macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2011
    This makes more sense, I just did my 2009 iMac for the same purpose, home media server/archive. Optical 120 ssd, 3tb in the main slot

    I wonder if the sluggishness is related to ram and graphics memory. And, you are right to suspect a large iPhoto library as culprit. Consider using Lyn or some other lighter photo catalog, iPhoto is notorious resource hog.

    I still think a momentous in the main slot, FireWire 800 media and maybe going to 6 g ram is better money than an optical sad. Or, if you can afford a 250g ssd or larger, put that in the main slot, run a lean system, and external the media (and switch to Lyn unless you need photo stream over Dropbox)
  8. Keepoffthegrass thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2012
    Sorry , just dragging this up from last week.
    My new drive schedule needs to come foreward a bit as everything seems to be crapping out a bit too often now and i could do with a fresh install.

    Would a permantly attached USB external hard drve be suitable to put my home folder on ?
    I am thinking now of SSD inside the iMac with my 1TB external.
    Would it be too slow to stream stuff over homeplug to my ATV3 ?

    Many thanks
  9. Keepoffthegrass thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2012
    Anybody ?

    I am just wondering if the USB2 interface has enough bandwith to run my home folder and pump it over Lan to my ATV ?

    Sorry if this is a stupid or obvious question .
  10. CASLondon macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2011
    I'd be wary of this working, but I'm not sure. Video to your tv?

    Don't you have a Firewire 800 port on this model? Is this yours?

    I would use an external firewire 800 enclosure for this.
  11. Keepoffthegrass thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2012
    Thanks very much for getting back to me buddy,
    Yes that is my model and i didnt realise i had a FW800 port ( i have a 800 to 400 converversion cable in there for a very old external )
    FW800 seems to have more bandwidth - does it have any more advantages over USB2 ?
    Do you have any recommendations for external enclosures ? Everything seems to be based on the USB bus now.

    Thanks again
  12. cyclotron451 macrumors regular


    Mar 16, 2005
    just a point that Firewire always used to have its own dedicated comms chip whilst USB used to have to run its data through the actual CPU , hence slower everything, not just bandwidth consideration?

    this bunch (who I've never dealt with so have no suggestions about them) have an interesting £60 Macally G-S350SUA (USB 2.0/FireWire/SATA case for 3.5" SATA HDD) but I'm not sure if that's a good deal - check also?
  13. CASLondon macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2011
    Firewire 800 will be superior to USB 2.0, and there are still things around. Did I link to They are a good mac resource, or one of the large UK computer component stores like Misco or CCL etc.


    Its a good idea to look for dual port, Firewire 800/USB 2.0 for redundancy. There were a load of these type of things around, NewerEgg, Lacie, etc, and as the world is moving on to USB 3 you should find some deals around

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