Using iMac10,1 HDD as external drive

Discussion in 'iMac' started by RapsacDK, May 2, 2016.

  1. RapsacDK macrumors member


    Jul 27, 2010
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    My father's old iMac10,1 is pretty just about all done. Not much life left in it. Which product does he need to buy in order to use the HDD as external, and access the files on it? He has a lot of photos and videos on it, that he would like to backup before doing anything else.

    Will this do the trick?

  2. BeSweeet macrumors 68000


    Apr 2, 2009
    San Antonio, TX
    That can work, but it may be more convenient to get an enclosure for the existing hard drive. The 2009 iMac uses standard 3.5" SATA II (3Gbps) hard drives. Any of these would do the trick: The only catch is that 3.5" hard drives (compared to 2.5" ones) require additional power, so some of those include their own power supplies.
  3. bent christian Suspended

    bent christian

    Nov 5, 2015
    You might be surprised by how well the machine will function with the HDD replaced by an SSD. I have machines that old and older which are fully functional for most tasks and faster than they have even been thanks to an internal drive swap.

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