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First you have a spare SATA port in this model so you don't need to remove your current HD or the optical drive.
 
So you can follow this IFIXIT guide: [guide|6434|Installing iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2428 Dual Hard Drive Kit]. Go to Step 46 as you can see you are wedging the second drive (HD or SSD) behind the optical drive. Once you've put the SSD in you can then create a Fusion drive across both your HD and SSD gaining the benefits of each.
 
If you decide to just replace your HD for a SSD thats fine to. But you'll need to use this special cable: [http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/DIDIMACHDD11/|OWC In-line Digital Thermal Sensor for iMac 2011 Hard Drive Upgrade].
 
Frankly, I think the best option here is swapping out your HD for a SSHD (hybrid HD) with one that is compatible with the Apple thermal sensor interface. Seagate makes a unit that will work (make sure the box has the Apple logo on itHD). Here you'll gain the performance of the SSD but the storage capacity of a HD. Here's

Here's
the Seagate web site: [http://www.seagate.com/internal-hard-drives/solid-state-hybrid/desktop-solid-state-hybrid-drive/|Seagate Desktop SSHD] and here is the spec sheet for the SSHD series: [http://www.seagate.com/www-content/product-content/barracuda-fam/desktop-sshd/en-us/docs/desktop-sshd-data-sheet-ds1788-2-1308us.pdf|Desktop SSHD specsheet]. While there are other drives out there this is one of the few SSHD's that is compatible with the Apple thermal sensor interface Apple introduced starting from this model onwards.
Frankly, I think the best option here is swapping out your HD for a SSHD (hybrid HD) with one that is compatible with the Apple thermal sensor interface. Seagate makes a unit that will work (make sure the box has the Apple logo on itHD). Here you'll gain the performance of the SSD but the storage capacity of a HD. Here's

Here's
the Seagate web site: [http://www.seagate.com/internal-hard-drives/solid-state-hybrid/desktop-solid-state-hybrid-drive/|Seagate Desktop SSHD] and here is the spec sheet for the SSHD series: [http://www.seagate.com/www-content/product-content/barracuda-fam/desktop-sshd/en-us/docs/desktop-sshd-data-sheet-ds1788-2-1308us.pdf|Desktop SSHD specsheet]. While there are other drives out there this is one of the few SSHD's that is compatible with the Apple thermal sensor interface Apple introduced starting from this model onwards.

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Edit by: Dan ,

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First you have a spare SATA port in this model so you don't need to remove your current HD or the optical drive.
 
So you can follow this IFIXIT guide: [guide|6434|Installing iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2428 Dual Hard Drive Kit]. Go to Step 46 as you can see you are wedging the second drive (HD or SSD) behind the optical drive. Once you've put the SSD in you can then create a Fusion drive across both your HD and SSD gaining the benefits of each.
 
If you decide to just replace your HD for a SSD thats fine to. But you'll need to use this special cable: [http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/DIDIMACHDD11/|OWC In-line Digital Thermal Sensor for iMac 2011 Hard Drive Upgrade].
 
Frankly, I think the best option here is swapping out your HD for a SSHD (hybrid HD) with one that is compatible with the Apple thermal sensor interface. Seagate makes a unit that will work (make sure the box has the Apple logo on it). Here you'll gain the performance of the SSD but the storage capacity of a HD. Here's the SeatgaterSeagate web site: [http://www.seagate.com/internal-hard-drives/solid-state-hybrid/desktop-solid-state-hybrid-drive/|Seagate Desktop SSHD] and here is the spec sheet for the SSHD series: [http://www.seagate.com/www-content/product-content/barracuda-fam/desktop-sshd/en-us/docs/desktop-sshd-data-sheet-ds1788-2-1308us.pdf|Desktop SSHD specsheet]. While there are other drives out there this is one of the few SSHD's that is compatible with the Apple thermal sensor interface Apple introduced starting from this model onwards.
Frankly, I think the best option here is swapping out your HD for a SSHD (hybrid HD) with one that is compatible with the Apple thermal sensor interface. Seagate makes a unit that will work (make sure the box has the Apple logo on it). Here you'll gain the performance of the SSD but the storage capacity of a HD. Here's the SeatgaterSeagate web site: [http://www.seagate.com/internal-hard-drives/solid-state-hybrid/desktop-solid-state-hybrid-drive/|Seagate Desktop SSHD] and here is the spec sheet for the SSHD series: [http://www.seagate.com/www-content/product-content/barracuda-fam/desktop-sshd/en-us/docs/desktop-sshd-data-sheet-ds1788-2-1308us.pdf|Desktop SSHD specsheet]. While there are other drives out there this is one of the few SSHD's that is compatible with the Apple thermal sensor interface Apple introduced starting from this model onwards.

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Edit by: Dan ,

Text:

First you have a spare SATA port in this model so you don't need to remove your current HD or the optical drive.
 
So you can follow this IFIXIT guide: [guide|6434|Installing iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2428 Dual Hard Drive Kit]. Go to Step 46 as you can see you are wedging the second drive (HD or SSD) behind the optical drive. Once you've put the SSD in you can then create a Fusion drive across both your HD and SSD gaining the benefits of each.
 
If you decide to just replace your HD for a SSD thats fine to. But you'll need to use this special cable: [http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/DIDIMACHDD11/|OWC In-line Digital Thermal Sensor for iMac 2011 Hard Drive Upgrade].
 
Frankly, I think the best option here is swapping out your HD for a SSHD (hybrid HD) with one that is comparablecompatible with the Apple thermal sensor interface. Seagate makes a unit that will work (make sure the box has the Apple logo on it). Here you'll gain the performance of the SSD but the storage capacity of a HD. Here's the Seatgater web site: [http://www.seagate.com/internal-hard-drives/solid-state-hybrid/desktop-solid-state-hybrid-drive/|Seagate Desktop SSHD] and here is the spec sheet for the SSHD series: [http://www.seagate.com/www-content/product-content/barracuda-fam/desktop-sshd/en-us/docs/desktop-sshd-data-sheet-ds1788-2-1308us.pdf|Desktop SSHD specsheet]. While there are other drives out there this is one of the few SSHD's that is compatible with the Apple thermal sensor interface Apple introduced starting from this model onwards.
Frankly, I think the best option here is swapping out your HD for a SSHD (hybrid HD) with one that is comparablecompatible with the Apple thermal sensor interface. Seagate makes a unit that will work (make sure the box has the Apple logo on it). Here you'll gain the performance of the SSD but the storage capacity of a HD. Here's the Seatgater web site: [http://www.seagate.com/internal-hard-drives/solid-state-hybrid/desktop-solid-state-hybrid-drive/|Seagate Desktop SSHD] and here is the spec sheet for the SSHD series: [http://www.seagate.com/www-content/product-content/barracuda-fam/desktop-sshd/en-us/docs/desktop-sshd-data-sheet-ds1788-2-1308us.pdf|Desktop SSHD specsheet]. While there are other drives out there this is one of the few SSHD's that is compatible with the Apple thermal sensor interface Apple introduced starting from this model onwards.

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Original post by: Dan ,

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First you have a spare SATA port in this model so you don't need to remove your current HD or the optical drive.

So you can follow this IFIXIT guide: [guide|6434|Installing iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2428 Dual Hard Drive Kit]. Go to Step 46 as you can see you are wedging the second drive (HD or SSD) behind the optical drive. Once you've put the SSD in you can then create a Fusion drive across both your HD and SSD gaining the benefits of each.

If you decide to just replace your HD for a SSD thats fine to. But you'll need to use this special cable: [http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/DIDIMACHDD11/|OWC In-line Digital Thermal Sensor for iMac 2011 Hard Drive Upgrade].

Frankly, I think the best option here is swapping out your HD for a SSHD (hybrid HD) with one that is comparable with the Apple thermal sensor interface. Seagate makes a unit that will work (make sure the box has the Apple logo on it). Here you'll gain the performance of the SSD but the storage capacity of a HD. Here's the Seatgater web site: [http://www.seagate.com/internal-hard-drives/solid-state-hybrid/desktop-solid-state-hybrid-drive/|Seagate Desktop SSHD] and here is the spec sheet for the SSHD series: [http://www.seagate.com/www-content/product-content/barracuda-fam/desktop-sshd/en-us/docs/desktop-sshd-data-sheet-ds1788-2-1308us.pdf|Desktop SSHD specsheet]. While there are other drives out there this is one of the few SSHD's that is compatible with the Apple thermal sensor interface Apple introduced starting from this model onwards.

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