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I need a detailed step-by-step guide on how to upgrade my late 2012 iMac standard hdd drive to SSD with a list of tools needed and from where to buy them. Thanks!

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Just so were clear here you are swapping out the HD for a SSD correct?

First you will encounter issues with the built-in thermal sensor and the new thin designed '12 & '13 models use a unitized power & SATA connector so you might have issues fitting the connector on to your SSD.

I would strongly recommend you look at adding the SSD via the dedicated SSD connector on the logic board Vs swapping out the HD. IFIXIT guide to replace or install a SSD unit

With all of the said here is the procedure for replacing the HD use it to take your current HD out and just use your SSD instead of the HD. IFIXIT guide to replace HD

Again, I don't think you want to do this!!

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Here's a good writeup on the differences of the '12 & '13 models "Tapered Edge" Aluminum iMac Q&A

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Yes, I would like to swap my magnetic hdd with 1 TB ssd or at least with fusion drive. Yes I know the issue of sensor and I don't know if I just need to neglect it, and second is the fan issue spinning at high speed. However, there is a software like smcFanControl to control the speed, but I'm reluctant to use it. I want to upgrade to ssd so that I have my iMac same as the original ssd Apple version of it. I contacted Apple to do the upgrade for me but they declined any help, informed AASPs not to do for me and didn't provide me with the ssd. Simply they said it is un-upgradable as that violates Warranty though I am ready to give up the warranty. Thanks and happy Thanksgiving.

Maher,

What you want to do is find an independent Apple authorized service center. They can do things Apple or the Apple Store won't. In this case they can order the Apple SSD part (661-7166) and put it in for you so you can then have a Fusion drive (keeping your HD). You might look online as well if you plan to put it in your self. I must warn you its a big job and some early models didn't have the SSD connector on the logic board so yo may need to add the missing parts.

Dan,

Sorry to say you still need to worry about the thermal sensor if you replace the HD for a SSD. You also have to deal with the size difference as the HD is a 3.5" and most of the SSD's are 2.5" (the newer ones are only 2.5").

Dan,

No easy answer here between the two directions. Between the two issues you might look at selling your system and getting a new one with the Fusion drive already setup (may in fact be cheaper!) Using software to override the fan I also agree is not very good as it requires a hardware interrupt to read the SMART value slowing the drive and using the internal temp sensor option is not responsive enough to cool a hot drive (heavy I/O). You still need to worry about the unitized connector fitting your SSD. The dedicated SSD mount on the logic board is the best direction but it does require a lot of work to get to and in some models the connector hardware is missing so you'll need to add in the missing stuff (or swap out the logic board) an Apple authorized service center can do that for you if they hit the problem.

Dan,

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iFixit has an excellent hard drive replacement guide for your iMac at - 27" iMac Hard Drive Replacement

Anytime you open your iMac you will need to replace the adhesive foam strips - Adhesive strips

Plastic cards will come in handy. iFixit sells sets of two but old credit or gift cards work fine as well - Plastic cards

The Late 2012 iMacs also require an opening tool to initially cut the adhesive around the display - iMac opening tool

As far as hard drives go you have limited choices in the 3.5" form factor that is native to the iMac. OCZ's Vertex hard drives are available in 3.5" form factor and should work for your application. Alternately you might consider a hybrid drive, one that combines small SSD storage with large traditional platter storage. Seagate's ST2000DX001 is one such model, a 2TB traditional drive with 8GB of embedded solid state storage.

Hopefully that helps!

Thanks. Happy Thanksgiving.

Maher,

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