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

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This old girl is my wife's photographic processing device using Lightroom, but she (the iMac) is showing her age (so my wife tells me :-)). The iMac has been upgraded to 8GB RAM and I may take her over as a music production tool, but as a darkside user, I would love a fiddling manual, if one exists.

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Can you pick yours out of the A1312 series listed here: A1312 models as you can see there are quite a few of them. Once you know paste the system URL here so we know what you have.

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Wow. You guys are fast. It is a MB952 3.06 /2x2GB/1TB/4670

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Apple iMac "Core 2 Duo" 3.06 27-Inch (Late 2009) Specs

Identifiers: Late 2009 - MB952LL/A - iMac10,1 - A1312 - 2309

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@spuddo this would be the right manual for that " old girl" iMac 27" Fiddling Manual

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You are 'The Man', oldturkey03. I have skimmed the Table of Contents, and can't wait to get started on replacing the old Seagate HDD with a SDD. First I must read the tool list and ensure that everything is in place before I pull the glass. Over and above the Updates, can you suggest anything else that I need to consider before tackling the job? for example, I have heard that keeping the screen dust-free, once the glass is off, is tricky.

It may not be your hobby, but if you can give me any tips about optimizing the Mac for music production, I will be very grateful. Kind regards and Happy New Year. John

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Here's are the specs on your machine:

http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/im...

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@spuddo - You will likely find the IFIXIT guide here a bit easier to follow: iMac Intel 27" EMC 2309 and 2374 Hard Drive Replacement if you are placing on swapping out your current HD for a SSD.

You do have a few things to consider:

  • The HD is a 3.5" and SSD's are 2.5" you'll need an adapter frame.
  • This series of iMac's use the HD's internal thermal sensor to manage the fan's. You'll need this part to offset the now missing sensor: OWC In-line Digital Thermal Sensor for iMac 2009-2010 Hard Drive Upgrade
  • Lastly, your systems SATA ports are only SATA II (3.0 Gb/s) so make sure the SSD you get is able to run at this speed. Review the drives spec sheet it must say it will support SATA II. As a reference here's the Samsung SSD sheet: 850 EVO SSD note the 'Interface' line, make sure the SSD you go has it listed too.

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