iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2544

Model A1418 / Late 2012 / 2.7 & 2.9 GHz Core i5 or 3.1 GHz Core i7 Processor

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Is it possible to change the HDD for an SSD?

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is it possible to change the 1 TB HDD for a normal SSD Drive (like an 2,5" Intel SSD)?

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I'm not sure you can...

I know that you can't go from HDD to FusionDrive, because your logic board is not equipped to accept SDD on this model when you buy it with HDD.

Sorry for the incomplete answer.. ;-(

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Yes you can....

Kodawarisan had open the new iMac.

there is a slot to insert a strip SSD Apple even on the entry-level model that does not default, it will still find a way to get them or someone so this adapter connector to the SATA classic...

See opened iMac pictures from Kodawarisan

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YES YOU CAN,

but we don't know if the fan will spin to out of control because of the fact that the sdd won't be from apple. so we might have to cut the fan wire from the sdd

and also the fact that apple does not enable trim for a third party sdd, so if you want the sdd to go to full potential for your new iMac

you have to download a third party software such as TRIM Enabler to activate it.

this is the sdd that I am putting in mine

http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-128GB-2-5-...

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Thank you very much. Actualy I've decided to buy the new 27" Modell. Hope I can change the HDD there too... Does anybode know when the first 27" Modells will be shipped?

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according to this article the 27 inch models are here

http://www.macrumors.com/2012/12/12/firs...

but i think that the 21 inch is a better deal even though you have to remove the fan to change the ram

were as the 27 inch has ram slots in the back under the stand.

and the only tool you need to open it with is guitar picks so don't buy the heat gun or suction cups it is a wast of money! If you don't believe me look at this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN2HFvUfl...

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The problem is not to open the iMac, and yes, I think there are no problems with an SSD instead of the built-in HDD, according to some experience on the web it will take about 10 minutes to open the iMac, take away the HDD, replace it with an SSD, and make it work.

The real "problem", is to replace the glue stick to close the iMac properly....

I'm going to buy this iMac, and I'm thinking about the "adventure" to replace the HDD with the SSD (like I did on my old Early 07 MBP... (and no, there are no fan spinning crazily or other problem caused by trim or not, and however there's an app called trim enabler...)... But I'm really "scared" about this thing of the glue sticks to replace the original glue...

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Hello I read your post. I have a imac late 2012, the latest model 21.5, I would like to install a ssd, is this possible? you know where I can find a guide? thank you very much

by Giorgio

There's no problem to open the imac, it' really simple. Just pick one of the slats you can find in many shirt collar and use it to remove the glue. http://d.pr/i/7tlk You just have to use it like a sort of knife between the display and the alluminium body... http://d.pr/i/OyGz Then remove the monitor like it is explained in the ifixit tutorial. Remove the hdd and replace it with the ssd. (Clone the hdd in the ssd with carbon copy cloner and at the firts boot press cmd alt p r to reset the pram) I use a samsung 840 500 gb. It's not the pro version but the difference is not relevant, IMHO. To close the imac I used a 3m tape. This one: http://www.topmania.it/shop/product_info... Just remove all the pieces of the original tape, an put the new tape all over the frame, in the same places of the original. http://d.pr/i/JPt7 Now close the iMac. There is only a LITTLE problem: this tape is slightly thicker than the original. But it's not a drama, this one is 0.8mm and the original probably 0.5 or 0.4.... You can find the difference only if you look it with a LOT of attention............... http://d.pr/i/wNwj Good news from the fan: is not spinning out of control simply because the custom firmware and the thermic sensor is not included in mobile hdd, so NO PROBLEM. http://d.pr/i/9z8V

by Matteo Terzago

Giorgio, visto che sei italiano te lo dico anche in italiano. E' davvero facile. Prendi una camicia, e sfili dal colletto una delle stecche di plastica che si mettono in alternativa al bottone per la cravatta, sono delle linguette di plastica appuntite.... La usi come se fosse un coltello, la passi tra il vetro del display e l'alluminio. E' meglio del plettro e sicuramente meno impegnativo del phon o meno rischioso della pistola termica. Una volta che lo hai infilato nella fessura lo fai scorrere lungo tutta la cornice, fai attenzione dove c'è la webcam, fermati un centimetro prima da ogni lato. Lo apri, stacchi i due connettori del monitor, togli il monitor e poi è tutto lì a portata di mano. Ci sono 4 viti in croce da togliere, ci metti due secondi. Togli l'HD e metti l'SSD.... Ovviamente prima devi averlo clonato con carbon copy cloner ecceccecc... Leggi su saggiamente come si fa, ad eseguire questa procedura... Poi riavvii resettando la pram. Ora devi richiudere. Io sono andato da un ricambista per tuning auto, e ho comprato questo nastro della 3M, costa 4€ è rivenduto dalla Lampa cod. prodotto 70015... Conviene andare in negozio, su eBay costa sempre 4 € ma ti chiedono dai 6 ai 10€ di spedizione...... Non è proprio lo stesso, preciso preciso all'originale, ma va bene, tiene bene il monitor, è largo uguale, e anche se è leggermente più spesso si vede proprio solo se guardi con una lente di ingrandimento........ Prima o poi troverò quello giusto.... Le ventole non impazziscono. La storia del chip con firmware Apple negli HDD vale solo per i computer con HDD per desktop, l'iMac 2012 ha un HD da portatile..... Con iStat pro viene rilevata una temperatura di 0°C. Per fare il tutto ci vuole circa mezz'ora. La differenza è abissale. Si accende in meno di 30 secondi. E poi le applicazioni partono istantaneamente. Una cosa imbarazzante. ;-)

by Matteo Terzago

Matteo, sto per fare l'operazione e ti ringrazio in anticipo per i tuoi preziosissimi consigli. Una domanda: hai trovato un biadesivo 3M ancora migliore rispetto a quello che hai suggerito (Lapma cod. 70015)? Grazie!

by RobertoC

@Darren I suppose it should work... Are you talkin' about the SSD in 3.5'' form factor or the m.2 stick? In the first case I think it will work with no problems. In the second Case I really don't know. I Suppose that it won't work, I think that apple uses proprietary firmware....... But I don't know. My Samsung 840 works pretty well. My late 2012 21'' iMac is fast, really fast!!!

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Yes, it's possible! I just exchanged my HDD for a SSD (240Gb - PNY) and upgraded my imac dec2012 to 16G RAM! Just got very... veryyyy faster than before! First, install mavericks on the drive on a external bay. After that, i'll be set to exchange the devices! I bought a kit from OWC to open and close the imac! Filipe.

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@Roberto non ho visto l tua risposta... Scusa se ti rispondo tardi... No non ho trovato altri biadesivi più sottili, ma quello che ho su tiene benissimo. E' un biadesivo ad alta densità professionale, quindi tiene su qualsiasi cosa. L'unica cosa che non va è che è un pelino più spesso, ma davero, non si nota.

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For anyone looking for infos about the 3M tape in an affordable package, this is the LAMPA product number 70015 that I've used.

http://www.lampa.it/it/search.asp?fti=70...

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