SSD upgrade for iMac 2011

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  1. freshe, Apr 16, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2013

    freshe macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2012

    I rang the reseller and they said they could fit an ssd for me (yay!). They could provide 256GB Crucial M4 for 300euro (sic!) where on it's 200e... but if I provide my drive it will cost around 100e with all the cables etc. I still have an applecare plan till mid 2015 so I prefer them to do it.

    So my question now is which drive would you recommend ?

  2. No Pain No Gain macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2013
    You don't need any cables if you are installing SSD in place of your current drive.
  3. freshe thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2012
    I'm keeping both drives. I might even replace teh 1TB with bigger for storage.
  4. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Who is doing the swap? Also, I think HDD/SSD swaps are not covered by warranty and may void in the iMac as you need to take out the glass cover plus LCD to reach the main board.
  5. freshe thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2012
    It's the authorized reseller. The drive will not be covered (the new ssd) if it fails, same with the ned HDD if I replace it. But the warranty for the rest will be valid - which is fair with me.

    Can mid-2011 macs use SATA3 or SATA2 only ?
  6. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Ah ok. Then go ahead, I see no issue. Also, I don't know exactly if the mid-2011 iMac has SATA III, but my educated guess is that no, it doesn't.
  7. kgian macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2011
    The mid 2011 imac DOES have sata 3 ports... To be more exact it has two sata 3 ports for HDD and SSD and one sata 2 for optical drive.
  8. macthefork macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2013
    This^^^ Is exactly correct. I've added a 6G SSD to my 2011 on one of the SATA III ports. The other SATA III port still has the original Apple HDD (which, incidentally, is a SATA II drive.) You will be pleased with the speed of the SSD.
  9. Drharrington macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2012
    Yes, 2010 27s on -- believe all have three... It's a natural upgrade. I've used the Crucial m4s and had great results.
  10. mmomega macrumors demi-god


    Dec 30, 2009
    DFW, TX
    Personally I use Samsung SSD's I have 2- Samsung 830 SSD's in my 2011 iMac + a WD Black 1TB HDD.

    I also have a Samsung 830 in an '09 15MBP and a Samsung 840 Pro in a '12 Mac Mini.

    They all perform great, the SSD are some of the highest rated drives on the market, I wouldn't replace them with any others at this point.
  11. Raima macrumors 6502

    Jan 21, 2010
    I thought Applecare takes you up to 3 years warranty. Did u somehow get 4?

    I upgraded my 2010 iMac and used a SanDisk SSD drive. Getting about 250-300MB r/w.

    You might want to consider backing up your machine then configuring the drives as a fusion drive.

    Worst case, sata 3 drives are backward compatible with sata 2 so it will work regardless.

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