SSD upgrade for late 2012 27" iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ravinder08, Feb 23, 2018.

  1. ravinder08 macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2010
    Was hoping to get some advice on what SSD to get for upgrading my iMac. I'm thinking of a 1TB but have no idea which brand etc to go for and should I ask Apple to do it or take it to an authorised dealer? Any advice would be welcomed.
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Fastest, easiest, cheapest, safest way to add an SSD:

    Buy a USB3 external SSD, plug it in, initialize it to Mac OS extended with journaling enabled, and set it up to become your "external booter".

    It will run at 85% (or better) the speed an internally-installed SSD will.
    And... you don't have to pry it open and risk breaking something inside.

    A Samsung t5 would do the job very well.
    You can velcro it to the back of the iMac's stand, up and out-of-the-way.

    Either install a new version of the OS onto it, or use a cloning app (CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper) to clone over your existing installation (the one that's on the internal drive).

    Again -- fastest, easiest, cheapest... and safest.
  3. ravinder08 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2010
    Excellent advice
    Thank you Fishrrman
  4. harleymhs macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2009
    You advised me on this last month... Working Fast and Perfect! No Issues.... CCC bootable back in business with the OLD platter HD as storage! Thanks!
  5. Fried Chicken macrumors 6502

    Fried Chicken

    Jun 11, 2011
    I did exactly this.

    Look up my old threat; Feel free to PM me if you have any questions

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