What are the chances of being able to add an SSD?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by mrbrycel, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. mrbrycel macrumors member

    May 18, 2010
    I know that the only thing user accessible on the 27" model is RAM. But what do you think the chances are of being able to have an SSD put in internally without having the warranty void?

    I was really looking forward to SSD in this model, the fusion seems cool, but I'd really love to have a 128GB-256GB SSD only. I don't need 1TB of internal storage. I have been thinking about the idea of an external thunderbolt SSD, which I'm starting to accept may be my only option. I use external drives for all my files/footage, but not even being able to run the computer without having an external drive with OS attached by cable sure seems to defeat the purpose of an all-in-one.
  2. BeejayUK, Nov 4, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2012

    BeejayUK macrumors member


    Oct 27, 2012
    Surrey Hills
    On my 2010 iMac 27" 16GB [Crucial] RAM 2TB HD 2.93 Intel Core i7
    I had an OWC 240GB Mercury Extreme Pro SSD fitted by removing the Optical Drive and used the OWC kit supplied [small extra cost by my tame Apple Engineer [no warranty voided]

    I use the SSD as the startup drive. Boots up in about 14 seconds. Housed the optical drive in a suitable box and I use it once in a blue moon.

    My son gets the 2010 iMac for Xmas/B'Day present and I will someday soon put an order in for a 2012 27" all bells and whistles.
  3. comatory macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2012
    People, for once, read user end agreement. It clearly states that adding non-approved components, except those that are user-replacable (that means RAM only) voids the warranty. Always.

    It's been the case for many many years now, yet people are still hoping that it's just doable. You will definitely lose it if you do it yourself. The only way to do it, without voiding the warranty is to have Apple official repair center do it for you. In that case, you must ask beforehand, as it doesn't work always, they usually say yes it's possibly, but we take all the responsibility. Which means if the thing breaks down, you must take it to the same repair center which can be difficult if you move or have bad experience with particular service.
  4. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    These days - there's not really any point voiding your warranty for an SSD upgrade - just get a thunderbolt enclosure!
  5. JoeLegs macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2012
    Great Britain
    Invest in a crowbar to open it, just make sure you have some good quality blue tack to seal it back up
  6. RoastingPig macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2012
    im only buying the 27 imac if i have the ability to add my ssd in it, if not then its a deal breaker and ill be getting a mac mini with a Yamakasi Catleap :)
  7. wmy5 macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2012
    upstate NY
    It's highly likely that the new iMac's SSD has the same form factor as rMBP and MBA. You can order it from OWC and install by yourself.

    Of course, we don't know how difficult to open iMac up until ifixit get one and tear it down.

    You don't have to worry about warranty. Just remove your self-installed SSD before you send your iMac to Apple then restore it after you get it back.

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