Upgraded iMac 2013 late to SSD

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  1. Eduardot macrumors regular

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    Ok Guys:
    1. connected the SSD to a sabrent USB3 UASP SATA III 2.5 " enclosure.
    2. the SSD is a Samsung EVO 860 1 TB.
    3. Previously formatted the disk and then used Carbon Copy Cloner to make the HDD clone.
    4. Afterwards of 4 hours that it took to make the copy.
    5. In settings i selected the SSD to be the boot drive, and then restarted the iMac.
    6. R/W speeds are in the 400- 430 mb/s.
    7. And still we have to try to put the SSD inside the iMac.
    8. I post pictures.
    9. The boot process did take a little longer than 1.5 minutes. All is working fine. Definitely faster.
     

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  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    My suggestion:

    UNLESS you are SURE that you can open the iMac and do the job without problems, just leave things "as they are right now". It's a matter of skill and confidence. If you can do it, go ahead. But, realize that what you're seeing right now, speed-wise, is pretty close to what you'll see if you mount the drive internally.

    RE bootup times -- did you go to the startup disk pref pane, and set the external SSD to be the boot drive?
     
  3. Eduardot thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes the SSD is set to be the boot drive.
     
  4. Eduardot thread starter macrumors regular

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    Took the plunge and upgraded the SSD to inside the iMAc. Enabled Trim, and my read and write speeds are from 80 to 490-520 MB/s. Boot is down from 2minutes to 20 seconds. And the programs load a lot faster. The process is a little difficult, but I used to build my own systems when I was in Windows, so I was not that challenged.
    I want to thank ALL of YOU that participated and advised me on the process and details.
    I post some pictures.
     

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