Which SSD and bay for late 2009 iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by randomlemming, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. randomlemming macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2012
    Hi all,

    Can anyone advise which SSD drive and conversion bay to buy for a late 2009 iMac? I'd like to replace the superdrive with a SSD instead of buying a Mac Mini seeing as I already have a 2.66Ghz CPU.

    Also, while I've got it open, are there any 2TB drives that are known to work with the 2009 iMac without setting off the fan full time? Or was this the last model before that became a problem ?

    Thanks in advance,
  2. paul-n macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2012
  3. randomlemming, Nov 21, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2012

    randomlemming thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2012
    thanks - yeah, the iFixit guide looks pretty straightforward.

    I'm struggling for a bay though. iFixit list http://www.ifixit.com/Apple-Parts/12-7-mm-SATA-Optical-Bay-SATA-Hard-Drive-Enclosure/IF107-081 as being the right one, but I don't want to buy from the US and pay duties.

    *Edit* - wrong URL
    Would something like http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2nd-SATA-...es_HardDriveEnclosures_RL&hash=item4ab74a9a9c work ?
  4. randomlemming thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2012
    Sounds like you replaced your existing HDD, right ?

    I'm trying to add an SSD in place of the optical drive.
  5. Stingray454 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2009
    I changed the HDD in my 2009 iMac a while ago, to a Western Digital Black 1Tb drive. I left the thermal sensor unconnected (as there was no place to hook it up) and was expecting the fans to run crazy, but they didn't. Apparently, OS X can read the drive temperature through the S.M.A.R.T interface from disks that support it.

    If for some reason you still get fans that go crazy, have a look at http://www.hddfancontrol.com/

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