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Upgrading 2011 iMac 27" with SSD and HDD dual kit

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iMac Intel 27" EMC 2429

Installing iMac Intel 27" EMC 2429 Dual Drive Kit (HDD or SSD)

Installing iMac Intel 27" EMC 2429 Dual Drive Kit (HDD or SSD)

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Mijn probleem

Last year I bought a new SSD. My first intention was to put it in my iMac but at the time I was lack the tool and necessary motivation to do it. So instead, I put the SSD in my work MBP 13". The performance I got is amazing, especially when it comes to using VMWare. The lag every time the VM write to disk is gone completely despite the significantly less memory compare to iMac (32GB).

So, I simply want that kind of performance on my iMac.

Mijn oplossing

The upgrade is pretty much straight forward according to the guide. However, putting back the circuit board is a lot more difficult than expected, especially when I try not to break it into pieces. After putting it back and reconnect all the cable, everything work great! (Although the first time I boot up, I forgot to put the ram back so it beeps!)

I also replacing the 1TB drive with the new 4TB drive. Install the OS on the SSD. Here's come the best part about this upgrade. I create symbolic link on home folder (of SSD) for some of the data residing on the 4TB. Which data to do is totally base on each individual's desire and preferences. I try my best to balance out the performance I will get for storing data on SSD and storing data on 4TB HDD to not overly stress out the SSD IO. This technique is the best thing I learned since I switch from Windows.

Mijn advies

I don't have any thing to add except be careful when pulling out the placing the circuit board. Apple make it pretty much perfect fit! There is one angle in and out. So, remember that feeling when you pull it out.

iMac Intel 27" (Mid 2011) Dual Hard Drive Kit afbeelding
iMac Intel 27" (Mid 2011) Dual Hard Drive Kit


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