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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.
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.
December 11, 2013
December 9, 2013
Just want a faster iMac to edit my wedding video.
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.
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.
November 11, 2013
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.
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.
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.
July 1, 2013
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.
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.
Be very careful removing/reinst
June 24, 2013
...with your installing advices, it was just great !
....if you read the instructions carefully, you will get it easy done !
May 17, 2013
My 2011 iMac was getting slow and was low on disk space.
So I added a 512MB SSD and while I was inside I replaced the 512MB HD with a 2TB HD.
First time I had ever opened a iMac - so it was a bit of an adventure but the repair went flawlessly thanks to the online guide.
Take your time read the complete guide before you start - set aside at least 2 hours and have a clean workspace.
April 11, 2013
March 16, 2013
December 31, 2012
I got the refurbished Mid 2011 21.5" iMac and read about the possibility of creating a FusionDrive with another SSD. Hence, I went to get Plextor PX-5M Pro (256GB) due to its slim 7mm thickness profile, though I believe the usual 9mm thickness should do fine.
With the Dual Hard Drive Kit, you will find the suction cup very important for this fix. The magnets around the LCD frame are very annoying as mention in the video guide. For step 22, the IR sensor is not shown very clearly due to the use of black border. My Airport connector was originally connected as:
CH0 > two stripes, CH1 > one stripe, and CH2 > no stripes.
Nevertheless, I assembled using the connection as mention in the guide. No problem with this connection though.
Suction cup round stain:
I used alcohol swap to wipe of the stain. Nice and clean.
Dust on LCD and Glass panel:
I used scotch tape to stick those dust and it works very well.
Remove the "tough" RAM:
Please get ready to "catch" the RAMs when you pull out the tabs. Do it with a rapid moment so as not to tear the plastic tab, but your RAMs will end up flying towards you.
December 27, 2012
Upgrading an iMac i5, mid 2011 with two HD
Everithing went perfectly as it should, following your instructions!!
I had an experienced technitian with me all the time and it helped me in some dificult parts in the dissassembling and assembling. I've have had trouble befoore trying to do the same when things gonne wrong. So no traumas this time!!