iMac Intel 27" EMC 2309 (Late 2009, Core 2 Duo 3.06 or 3.33 GHz) ID iMac10,1, EMC 2374 (Late 2009, Core i5 2.66 GHz or Core i7 2.8 GHz) ID iMac11,1

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Can this system have SSD, HDD and Optical Drive all as internal?

Need to erase my drive due to some Terminal problems. Would like to:

1) Add a SSD (son gave me a OWCSSDEX3G120 120 GB SATAII) to gain some speed.

2) May as well replace the broken optical drive (to save on USB port as I have peripherals that must be plugged directly into the computer)

3) would like to upgrade my internal 1TB ST31000528AS (original from Apple) for bigger storage and before it dies.


1) Can I have all SSD, HDD and Optical Drive together as internal drives in this computer?

2) Can this system accommodate a bigger internal HDD, I read that you must replace the HDD with the same brand due to heat fan sensor. What would be a compatible model and how big can I go?

3) Do I need to worry about the SSD and the internal heat sensor issue

4) Do I need any other cables?

I plan to take this to a shop to have all the components installed and would like to provide all the necessary parts to save on repair bills. Your advice is very much appreciated.

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This model only has two internal SATA ports (HD & Optical) So you'll need to decide what is important to you.

You do have some limitations here as this series has only a SATA II (3.0 Gb/s) interface so the HD drive you get will need to work at that speed (review the spec sheet of the HD).

One option here is to go with a hybrid drive like a Seagate SSHD. That way you gain the speed of the SSD.

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