A1418 / EMC 3069 / 2017 / 3.0 GHz quad-core i5, 3.4 GHz quad-core i5 or 3.6 GHz quad-core i7 Processor. Released June 8, 2017.

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Hard Drive to SSD compatibility?

Hi guys!

I saw the SSD upgrade kit that iFixit has for the iMacs, but I already have the tools necessary and only need the SSD that is in the kit. What SATA SSDs work with the iMac or what type does the kit include?

Thanks!

- Avery

(P.S. the iMac I'm wanting to upgrade is the iMac Intel 21.5" 4K Retina 2017 version)

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Hold that thought!

First which model are you getting? I would recommend you get one of the SSD models Vs the HDD model from the get go! Keep in mind the PCIe blade SSD is over twice as fast as the SATA port connection! Second the HDD only model won't have the PCIe blade support! So you'll never have it as an option!

So in a nutshell get the PCIe SSD system and then add to it the HD if you want a dual drive or Fusion Drive config later. For now use an external HD for your bulk data.

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As for which SATA SSD to replace your SATA HD drive you can go with any 2.5" drive.

But, be warned you will void your AppleCare warranty switching out the drive.

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what about the fusion drive bto options, do those have a blade slotor is it a hybrid solution using SATA?

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A Fusion Drive uses two drives the SATA HDD and the PCIe SSD and makes them into a logical drive. The problem is the blade SSD Apple offers in their Fusion drive config is on the small side considering the slow RPM HDD they use.

Thats why I recommend just getting the blade SSD model (largest you can afford) and adding in your own HDD if you need an internal drive (either setup as a discreet setup or setup as a Fusion Drive).

Frankly, I recommend getting a external Thunderbolt3 RAID drive as a better config than the internal HD and forgo the Fusion Drive if you want real deep storage.

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