Model A1311 / Mid 2011 / 2.5 & 2.7 GHz Core i5 or 2.8 GHz Core i7 Processor

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Swap out optical drive for SSD


I'm looking to mount a Samsung 850 Evo SSD in my mid 2011 21.5 iMac. I bought the SSD and superdrive caddy to install in my previous 2009 model, but upgraded before I got around to it!

Can I still use the caddy in place of the superdrive in the 2011 model or do I have to go the full hog taking everything apart to fit the ssd in the new space and using the extra sata connector ?

Is there any benifit to doing the full install instead of using the superdrive caddy (if it indeed can be used) ?


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I would put the effort into mounting the SSD per the IFIXIT guide: Installing iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2428 Dual Hard Drive Kit Vs swapping out the optical drive. I doubt the carrier you got will correctly mount to the frame. It's really not that hard.

Besides I like to watch a DVD once in a while :-}

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