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Title:

Can I replace iMac's harddrive with an SSD?

Text:

hi everyone!

I'm using an Intel based iMac (Mid-2011 model) 21.5 inch. It comes with a 500GB hard drive (ST3500418AS) and I'd like to replace (not add a new drive by removing the optical disk drive) that drive with an SSD (Samsung 840 EVO-Series 1TB 2.5-Inch SATA III Model #MZ-7TE1T0BW)

SSD link below:

http://amzn.to/1Ea56Ok

the ssd itself is 2.5 inch and I'm going to convert that drive to 3.5 inch drive by using a WD icepack which is sold on amazon.com for about $20 usd

WD Icepack link below:

http://amzn.to/1rITB9O

first I'm going to attach the ssd into the WD icepack and then I'm planning to replace the original HDD that comes with the iMac by installing the SSD.

My questions are:

1. does apple allow 3rd party SSD's for iMac?

2. do I need any additional cable kit?

3. is it enough to change just the drives? (I mean HDD comes with a termal sensor, does the SSD need a termal sensor?)

4. do I need any software after installing the SSD (if possible) to control iMac's fan speed [I heard some people complaining about their fan speeds and the loudness of the fans]

Device:

iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2428

Status:

open

Accepted Answer:

193654

Original post by: Alper Gunay ,

Title:

Can I replace iMac's harddrive with an SSD?

Text:

hi everyone!

I'm using an Intel based iMac (Mid-2011 model) 21.5 inch. It comes with a 500GB hard drive (ST3500418AS) and I'd like to replace (not add a new drive by removing the optical disk drive) that drive with an SSD (Samsung 840 EVO-Series 1TB 2.5-Inch SATA III Model #MZ-7TE1T0BW)

SSD link below:

http://amzn.to/1Ea56Ok

the ssd itself is 2.5 inch and I'm going to convert that drive to 3.5 inch drive by using a WD icepack which is sold on amazon.com for about $20 usd

WD Icepack link below:

http://amzn.to/1rITB9O

first I'm going to attach the ssd into the WD icepack and then I'm planning to replace the original HDD that comes with the iMac by installing the SSD.

My questions are:

1. does apple allow 3rd party SSD's for iMac?

2. do I need any additional cable kit?

3. is it enough to change just the drives? (I mean HDD comes with a termal sensor, does the SSD need a termal sensor?)

4. do I need any software after installing the SSD (if possible) to control iMac's fan speed [I heard some people complaining about their fan speeds and the loudness of the fans]

Device:

iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2428

Status:

open