Retina iMac internal storage configuration and possible upgrades?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by InfoTime, Nov 18, 2014.

  1. InfoTime macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2002
    What are some of the options for upgrading the internal storage on the new Retina iMac?

    The way I understand things is that the base model comes with a 1TB hard drive and 128GB SSD marketed as a 1TB Fusion Drive. Looking through the teardown at you see a standard spinning drive and a small SSD on a card.

    So it's probably safe to assume that the 1TB Fusion and 3TB Fusion are configured this way. What if you get a pure flash based storage option? Do you get the same form factor SSD on a card but with 256GB, 512GB or 1TB? Is the spot where the standard drive empty? Will it be cabled where you'd be able to add on to it in those models?
  2. repentix macrumors regular

    May 26, 2013
    Yes, the pure SSD models come with a pcie SSD and although you may think that they leave an HDD bay empty apple has gotten into the habit of not cabling up components that aren't needed on the base model (mac mini). So if you want to get the the 5K imac upgraded DIY, the best option is to get the base option and then possibly upgrade the HDD to a 6TB etc. and the pcie SSD to a 1TB apple of ebay.
  3. redheeler macrumors 603


    Oct 17, 2014
    The HDD bay is left empty and it actually helps cool the iMac's temps down by allowing more air to circulate. An HDD can be added later but it will add its own heat and make the system run hotter.

    I've always argued in favor of an SSD only system with external HDD storage. That way if the HDD ever fails it can be easily swapped for a new one. It can also be swapped for one with a larger capacity at any point.
  4. Rocinante2000 macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2010
    SSD drives fail too, quite often. I have quite a collection of Samsung, Crucial and Kingston SSD drives from customers waiting for RMA's
  5. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    Note, BTW, that the options for the riMac's a somewhat different than the regular iMacs in that you get either 1TB Fusion or 256 SSD only; no extra charge for those. Although of course the price is factored in.

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