Model A1419 / EMC 2806 & EMC 2834/ Late 2014 or Early 2015 or late 2015 / 3.3 or 3.5 GHz Core i5 or 4.0 GHz Core i7 Processor / Retina 5K display

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iMac5k Dual SSD (PCie & 2.5" SSD): is this everything I need?

Hey all, I've made a tentative list of components (available as of May 2015) needed to put a SSD in where a HDD would go in the 5k iMac--Fusion or *Flash*

So to review

I personally went with the 256gb Flash option so my iMac doesn't have a harddrive OR a SATA harddrive cable (connector & power). The Flash storage option ONLY comes with 256gb PCie storage mounted onto the logic board, where the Fusion option comes with BOTH a 128gb PCie storage mounted onto the logic board AND a 1TB Hard Disk Drive that is configured to appear as a "Single" drive.

The main issue with installing a 3rd party ssd into your retina iMac is that it can't read the temperature of the drive so it forces the fans to run at full speed. When the 5K iMac first came out, there weren't many solutions to this as the parts for it didn't exist (as you can see from the lack of parts listed on the 5k iMac product page)

I believe this can be solved with this. OWC in-line digital thermometer

http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/DIDIM...

**Since I got the 256gb+ flash storage upon purchase, I believe I will need these parts in addition to the Thermometer**

SATA Connector & Power Cable:iMac Intel 27" 5K Late 2014 and Mid 2015 Hard Drive Cable

HDD Bracket: http://www.impactcomputers.com/922-9135....

Adapter Caddy 3.5" to 2.5":http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/84...

(All parts listed available as of May 2015)

So My Question Is....

Does this all look correct? Have I glossed over concerns I should have?

Thanks for reading this

UPDATE

So I just got my iMac today and I cracked it open within the hour I got it.

I installed a 1TB ssd where my hard disk fusion would have been if i hadn't gone with the flash option. Also threw in 32gb of RAM.

All the stuff I mentioned worked really well and i actually didn't need the HDD bracket, Apple gives you the bracket but not the Sata cables.

Here are some pics of the install

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(image 1)All of the guts ripped out for the most part

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(image 2)Apple was nice enough to give us a HD bracket, but not nice enough to give us the cable.

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(image 3)SSD in 2.5" to 3.5" adapter. Also, shot of inline OWC thermometer from above.

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(image 4)Cut out a portion of the sticker label so the thermometer would have direct contact against metal

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(image 5)Everything in place getting ready to seal it back up. Praying it all works still

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(image 6) WORKS!

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(image 7) More info :)

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Everything went really smoothly--getting the screen off is actually really easy if you're patient.

DO THIS WITH A FRIEND

I was lucky enough to have a buddy of mine as my screen holder while I was making sure the drive could be read/partitioned and the thermometer was working alright.

Crack those iMac's open, they're really not that difficult to work on

iMac Intel 27" 5K Late 2014 and Mid 2015 Hard Drive Cable Image
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Just to clear the air here, I spun your question out of your hijacking someone else's question. I did not see your duplicate posting until later when I then marked it as duplicate. I'm sorry you felt I over did the editing. I was trying to make it more readable so others could benefit from it on what is needed. Here is your own posting as you had it. I'll let others answer you.

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@Dan - Why don't you spin this into a IFIXIT guide? Here's the path to do it: Creating a new guide.

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Lastly post an answer so we can give you some create for your doggedness on getting all of the pieces figured out.

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Can I ask what sort of SSD you fitted,? Thinking about this upgrade myself, but not sure about what SSD to purchase.

Keith

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Dan put in a Crucial 1 TB 2.5" SSD in place of his 3.5" HD.

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UPDATE

So I just got my iMac today and I cracked it open within the hour I got it.

I installed a 1TB ssd where my hard disk fusion would have been if i hadn't gone with the flash option. Also threw in 32gb of RAM.

All the stuff I mentioned worked really well and i actually didn't need the HDD bracket, Apple gives you the bracket but not the Sata cables.

Here are some pics of the install!

ABOVE IN QUESTION

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Nice! I might do this myself some day. Though I have the late 2015 model. Has anyone done this with that model and can confirm that the internals are the same, still free SATA port and bracket mounted?

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Hi Dan, I have iMac 27inch Retina 5k 2015 with 1TB SATA installed. I would like to replace it with Samsung 850 Pro 500GB SSD. Since my iMac came with SATA drive, i think i don't need to buy connector and power cable. I would need to buy adapter caddy and digital thermometer. Also when you removed and reinstalled back display, did you replaced the adhesive strips?

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Yes, you do really need to replace the adhesive strips as you don't want the display from popping out :-) Also, if you have a Fusion Drive setup you do need to break the set before you do anything.

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To back up what Dan has said, and from my experience, you definitely will need to replace the adhesive strips anytime you remove the screen. You basically have to scrape them off from the screen and the computer. Ifixit's adhesive strips are really great and were really easy to replace.

But yes, you're right about the digi thermometer and caddy, you will also need those.

Post a guide or whatever about the install!

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