Should I install an SSD to late 2013 iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by combossa, Sep 28, 2017.

  1. combossa macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2017

    I was considering buying a new iMac as my current late 2013 21.5 is glacially slow.

    After several weeks of wasted time trying to sell it on Gumtree & Facebook I'm now thinking it might be easier and less expensive to fit an SSD to it instead.

    Does anyone have experience of doing this and will it make a significant difference to the speed? Currently I get the beachball on the most simple of tasks. I also switch the machine on and click to open mail, indesign etc. then go for a shower and hope it will be ready to start work when I am.


  2. iriejedi macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2000
    Nor Cal
    I put a OWC 1 TB drive in my 2008 Mac Pro - it is like a new computer (to me) - boots faster then my company gifted engineering grade Dell laptop....

    cant say about the fit stuff - but if you can make it work - I'd do it.

  3. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2005
    Yes, it will make an enormous difference in speed and I highly recommend it. That said the slim iMacs are a beast to work on and if this were your first upgrade, I would suggest against it:
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    It’s a brilliant upgrade and will make all the difference, HDD’s are the biggest bottleneck in any computer less than 10 years old, also that sort of slowdown probably indicates a dying hard drive or failing SATA cable anyway so it’s the fix you would do anyway.

    Take a look at the link in the post above it’ll give you an idea of how hard it is to do, you can also get third party Apple repairers to upgrade for about a hundred dollars plus the cost of the drive.
  5. Heebeejeebies macrumors regular


    Nov 9, 2011
    New Jersey
    When I did my upgrade I bought a kit that replaced the CD drive with an SSD. This let me keep my HDD. It was perfect. I installed the OS and programs on the SSD, and kept files I didn't use much on the HDD.

    Well worth the upgrade.
  6. combossa thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2017
    Thank you all for the advice. I have been in touch with a third party installer who would do the install for me. I'm in the UK and have been quoted around £60 for the install. Looking at fitting a 500GB SSD so hopefully that will do the trick and save me making up new swear words on a regular basis.
  7. nambuccaheadsau, Sep 28, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2017

    nambuccaheadsau macrumors 68000


    Oct 19, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Make sure the installer is familiar with glued iMacs. They can be terrible to work on. I have a friend whom owns a large Mac Reseller business in Sydney, and after his technicians broke five glued screens, at AU$500 per pop, he sends them across town to Apple to work own.

    The difference between cracking an older magnet held screen and the newer glued screens is like chalk and cheese.
  8. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    You can save the install fee by buying a USB3 external SSD, plugging it into one of the USB3 ports, and setting the drive up as "an external booter".

    It will run fine and within 85% (or even better) of the speed of an internally-installed drive. You'll see read speeds of 430mbps and writes in the 250-350 range.

    And... when the day comes to get a -new- Mac, you can just unplug the external SSD and "take it along with you". Not so easy to do when the drive is installed internally...
  9. mikehalloran macrumors 65816

    Oct 14, 2018
    The Sillie Con Valley
    These are not that difficult to do. Get rid of the HHD and your iMac will run much cooler and way faster. You will need am SSD, an adapter bracket, the OWC temp sensor, the right tape kit and a tool that looks like a pizza cutter but with a plastic wheel plus a few small tools. OWC has all the parts and there are instruction videos. Consider installing more RAM and replacing the NV RAM battery at the same time. You can get the BR2032 on Amazon.

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