Upgrade existing SSD

mankymanning

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Jul 18, 2008
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I have a mid 2011 i7 iMac with the 256GB SSD. There is a definite difference between it and the speed of my MBP which runs a Crucial M4.

If I wanted to upgrade the existing SSD inside my iMac is it a straight swap or would I need to muck around with fan control cables etc? Do the Apple supplied SSDs have some sort of extra sensor on them?
 

mankymanning

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Jul 18, 2008
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Okay so I now wish to attempt this due to space issues as the original 256GB drive is too small. Do I just follow the normal SSD upgrade videos but when I get to the installation part just replace the existing SSD rather than fitting a bracket etc?
 

macthefork

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Feb 2, 2013
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You could do that... Or, you could get a kit and add a second SSD to the second SATA connector on your Logic Board, leaving the original Apple SSD in place. The second SSD would fit behind your Optical Drive.

I don't know if the Apple SSD have the same sensor as HDDs.
 

macthefork

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Feb 2, 2013
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...I suppose if there's a temp sensor on the extra SATA plug, you could do the same, but I don't think there is.
Nope, there isn't a heat sensor requirement on the second SATA connector. I can verify that, since I've added a SSD to this connector with no fan problem whatsoever.