Thinking of getting an SSD

Discussion in 'iMac' started by California King, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. California King macrumors 65816

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    So, I have a late 2009 iMac and instead of saving up for a brand new iMac, I might just upgrade the ram from 4gb to 8 or 12 gb and upgrade to an SSD.

    I just have a few questions:
    1. Are SATA III SSDs compatible?
    2. Do I need to change the power adapter that goes into the drive with one with a thermal sensor module (OWC tutorial recommends it, but requires removing logic board :( )
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    1. SATA III SSDs are backwards compatible if that is what you mean.

    2. Either buy something like the wiring adaptor from OWC, or there is a software solution here that will do the same thing.
     
  3. California King thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks. Do you know if my iMac is capable of getting SATA III speeds or should I just save money and get a cheaper SSD?
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    2009 iMac will not have SATA III speeds. That said, you can hardly find any SATA II SSDs any longer and when you do they often cost more than a SATA III of the same size since the II is out of production. I would just get a inexpensive SATA III. The Samsung 840 (non-Pro version) is pretty reasonably priced and popular around here.
     
  5. California King thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Sounds good. Thank you!
     

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