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iMac Intel 21.5" Mid 2011 Dual Hard Drive Kit

$49.95

Product code: IF173-002-1

Product Overview

Hack a second Hard Drive into your 21.5" Intel iMac

  • Custom kit exploits an extra SATA port unused on the iMac logic board.
  • Use our easy to follow guide to do the job.
  • Mount your drive inside the case, out of sight completely.
  • Does not include a Hard Drive.

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Compatibility

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  • 2.5, 2.7, or 2.8 GHz (EMC No. 2428, Mid 2011) 21.5" iMacs

Product Details

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6 month warranty

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If you're the owner of a 21.5" iMac, you understand that bigger is not always better. Your iMac can do nearly everything its 27" big-brother can, and you've got at least five extra Benjamins still in your wallet. If you want your iMac to really fly, the biggest bang for your buck is to boot using a blazing-fast SSD. Since a 1 TB SSD might cost more than your iMac, we've got a solution for those who lack unlimited budgets.

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It will work with all processor speeds, regardless of whether Apple offers the additional SSD option for your machine. And unlike other kits, our product does not require permanently removing your optical drive. You'll have two storage drives as well as a functioning optical drive.

 

Compatibility

iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2428
2.5 GHz (Core i5)
2.7 GHz (Core i5)
2.8 GHz (Core i7)
 

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tanoclates's Story Photo #334104

My Problem

needed more speed and storage for my image processing workflow.

My Fix

It went very smooth and it wasn't hard at all.

You were absolutely right about those magnets, they drove me crazy with the screws!!!!

My Advice

Read the complete guide first, and watch the video a couple of times before starting. It will make the process more "familiar"

My Problem

pour redonner une seconde jeunesse à mon mac

My Fix

je me suis fais peur mais tout c'est bien passé

My Advice

la plus grande difficulté est de replacer la fiche de la dalle écran donc attention!!!

Bien enfoncer les barrettes de ram qui sont très dur.

S'aider d'une tablette ou laptop pour bien suivre les étapes

ifurybeat's Story Photo #310370

My Problem

I added a SSD drive to it and replace the optical drive with a new one.

My Fix

It went well except i forgot to remove the ir sensor before i pulled out the logic board so it was little bit tricky to put it back inside :)

An unknown cable unplug itself when i put back the logic board. I was lucky enough to look at the tutorial pictures to know where it was plugged before (the one near the optical drive fan slot).

My Advice

Be careful to not unplug the cable in the picture when you put back the logic board because it can get stuck easily in the screw hole of the logic board.

My Problem

Slow iMac.

Running on an SSD is 10 times faster! (even with 4 Gb RAM)

My Fix

Took a long time but went perfect!

My Advice

Never loose faith, just keep going!

My Problem

Being the better part of three years old, our iMac was starting to show it's age. Although adequate, the stock system needed a bit of a performance boost.

My Fix

Fantastic. I watched the video a couple of times and read the guide several while I was waiting for my parts to arrive. When the time came to do the actual repair, it was smooth sailing from start to finish. Overall, the process took between 90 and 120 minutes, with the trickiest part being getting all of the cables to stay in place while repositioning the logic board. Installed a 120GB Crucial SSD (boot drive) as per the tutorial and replaced the stock drive the a 2TB storage drive at the same time. Add to that an extra 8GB of memory and you've got a very respectable machine, good for several more years of service. Overall I'm very satisfied.

My Advice

Although the repair is listed as difficult, I think it's subjective. Really, if you've ever built your own computer or own more than one piece of IKEA furniture, you can handle this repair without breaking a sweat. The critical skills you need to do this successfully are patience and the ability to identify parts/cables based on a reference.

My Problem

Dual Drive in iMac mid 2011. The unique problem was to reinsert the display cable.

My Fix

I need al least two hours.

My Advice

Display connector cable

My Problem

Just want a faster iMac to edit my wedding video.

My Fix

It went scarily in my first try. The logic board was difficult to pull out and very hard to insert back in the case. But finally I overcame it, and very very happy with my new SSD, thank you iFixit.

My Advice

To insert the logic board, you can detach the IR sensor first. After inserting the board firmly, and you can plug in the IR sensor by then.

My Problem

I wanted to upgrade the HDD on my girlfriend's 21" iMac (mid 2011) to a solid state drive. I've replaced storage on older models of iMacs, macbooks and a bunch of PCs but never attempted this model. It's super easy to do on Macbooks and PCs but anything that involves fiddling with the LCD on a computer always makes me take a step back.

My Fix

Luckily for me iFixit had a very detailed video walkthrough for the exact model I was working with. HIGHLY recommend the repair kit. Couldn't have done it without the suction cups and the screwdriver kit has the exact size and type of bits I needed to take out the screws in the iMac. The bits are magnetic and there's also a pair of tweezers to pull out any runaway screws. I followed the instructions in the repair video and so I didn't have any trouble replacing the drive. My girlfriend helped hold up the LCD screen while i disconnected the wires so the extra pair of hands were helpful.

My Advice

The original plan was to pop in the solid state drive and use the install/recover disks that come with the iMac to reinstall the OS. Realized just before I was ready to take the computer apart that my girlfriend had lost the disks. Luckily i read online that this (and subsequent) generation) iMac comes with the recovery software built into the firmware. So after I put in the drive and restarted the computer, i held down Command+R and it launched the internet recovery (while it can use wifi to connect to the internet, a cable is much better). Was then able to use the internet recovery to reinstall the OS and files from a time machine backup. Word of advice, if you stop the recovery process midway for some reason (like I did) and try to start it again, you'll have issues because the drive will show up as locked. If that happens, the only thing you can do is to open the iMac again, pull out the drive, and erase it and start theprocess from the very beginning.

My Problem

I installed the SSD because I wanted to create my own fusion drive. 6 months ago I already installed a faster and larger harddisk (Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB). Now I wanted to combine it with a fast SSD to create a fusion drive. There are instructions on the internet to fuse the two drive together to a fusion drive.

My Fix

The repair was difficult. The connectors are very tiny and you have to be careful to not damage them when loosening from the components. I found the most difficult to remove the motherboard and get it back in. The first time I forgot to reinstall a connector so when I turned the imac on...nothing happened. But after I found that and reconnected it, my imac went like lightning! The ifixit dual drive kit is a very nice kit by the way! Good quality! Unfortunately I had to pay additional 25 euro import tax.

My Advice

Be very careful removing/reinstalling the connectors and especially when removing/installing the motherboard. And stay calm!

My Problem

...with your installing advices, it was just great !

My Fix

Marvellous !!!

My Advice

....if you read the instructions carefully, you will get it easy done !