Replacing Fusion Drive

Discussion in 'iMac' started by PatrickNSF, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. PatrickNSF macrumors 6502

    PatrickNSF

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    Assuming one is comfortable opening up the new 27" iMac, is it possible to swap the 1TB portion of the fusion drive with a 4TB drive? I have a 4TB in my 2008 iMac and would love to repurpose it in the new computer.
     
  2. randy98mtu macrumors 65816

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    Could probably be done with the DIY Fusion instructions found through Google.
     
  3. torana355 macrumors 68030

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    Yes should not be a problem, Disk Utility will automatically fuse the drive back together for you aswell. :)
     
  4. PatrickNSF thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So, would I simply attach the 4tb formatted drive where the 1tb drive currently is, reboot, and have disk utils reformat as a new Fusion? Are all of the proper installer files on the internal SSD?
     
  5. jmcgeejr macrumors 6502

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    the recovery partition should be on the ssd and you should be able to.
     
  6. torana355 macrumors 68030

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    As long as you have the internet you can install OSX regardless using internet recovery by holding down CMD-R while booting.
     
  7. PatrickNSF thread starter macrumors 6502

    PatrickNSF

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    Great. Still deciding whether to get and enclosure or try the internal install...

    I already have an external Drobo for backup, but I'd love to keep it at just the one external.
     

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