Model A1419 / Late 2012 / 2.9 & 3.2 GHz Core i5 or 3.4 GHz Core i7 Processor, ID iMac13,2

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I need to know what sort of external enclosure to use for the SSD

I have an Apple iMac "Core i5" 3.2 27-Inch (Late 2013), - ME088LL/A - iMac14,2 - A1419 - 2639.

Dead unit.

No internal hard drive, just a 512GB SSD.

Without opening it yet, I'm assuming the SSD is living in the SSD slot on the back of the logic board, as opposed to the easier-to-access hard drive slot. More work for me. Oh, well...

I need to pull the 512GB SSD that's in it, and get access to the data.

I am wondering what pin-outs I'm potentially looking at on the SSD - 24, 26? - and what enclosures/cables might work with the SSD to access it from another computer.

Connection could go from the SSD to USB for instance, or from the SSD to SATA.

Time is somewhat crucial here, and I'd like to keep the adapter cost below say, $70 as this will be a one-off.

Many thanks in advance.

Update (08/24/2017)

From the provided link: "IMPORTANT NOTE: Compatible with the Flash SSD module used in the 2012 / early 2013 13" and 15" MacBook Pro with Retina Display models only and NOT for use with any other SSD modules, including the OWC Aura and Aura Pro 6g SSDs."

iMac not mentioned.

I asked OWC about any adapters they might have; their response:

Evan M (August 24, 2017 at 4:26:37 PM MDT): Hello Kurt, I would be more than happy to assist you today. Is the SSD inside a 2.5" SSD?

Me (August 24, 2017 at 4:29:27 PM MDT): Well, as stated - without opening it yet, I'm assuming the SSD is living in the SSD slot on the back of the logic board. It looks to be a non-standard connector, possibly PCIe.

Evan M (August 24, 2017 at 4:31:04 PM MDT): Apple uses non standard PCIe SSDs for their Macs. Unfortunately, we do not have a guide or method of removing/replacing the PSSD inside of this mac model, as it may be soldered to the logic board. For assistance and questions regarding this, we recommend contacting Apple Support.

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Here is your systems specs: iMac 27" 3.2 GHz i5 (Late 2013)


From EveryMac:

At the time of purchase, Apple offered a 3 TB 7200 RPM hard drive for an extra US$150, a 1 TB or 3 TB "Fusion Drive" (which combines a 128 GB SSD and a 1 TB or 3 TB hard drive) for an extra US$200 or US$350, respectively, and a 256 GB, 512 GB, or 1 TB SSD for an extra US$200, US$500, or US$1000, respectively.


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Here is what you'll need: OWC - Portable, bus-powered Apple Blade SSD enclosure.

Its a handy tool, if you really won't need it again you should be able to get some of your money back selling it on eBay.

Update (08/24/2017)

Lets backup here a bit the OWC support person answered a different question. Not if the OWC Envoy Pro external case I've pointed you to would support the custom Apple blade SSD that your system from the factory would have.

If someone got a HD only model I could see someone swapping out the HD for a 2.5" SATA SSD. So you'll need to ask your customer if the system was altered from the factory config, if not you have the blade SSD.

Moving on...

If you take a look at the link I provided you'll see at the bottom The OWC Envoy Pro can fit SSDs from... In the bottom row you'll see your system: iMac (27-inch Late 2012)(October 2012) Model ID: iMac13,2

So OWC has verified it will support the Apple blade SSD drive. I've also used this OWC Envoy case without any problems. OWC have a few different versions of the Envoy case for the different SSD drives Apple has used so you do need to get the correct one.

Here is the OWC vid on gaining access to the blade SSD: iMac 27-Inch Late 2012 SSD Card Install Video This vid shows the OWC SSD being installed. In your case you're removing the Apple SSD this system has.

Here is the IFIXIT guide: iMac Intel 27" EMC 2546 SSD Replacement which goes over the finer details on pulling the display and lists the tools and adhesive strips you'll need.

Make sure you review both thoroughly!

For reference here is one person who sadly damaged their screen as they did not use the correct tools or follow the instructions: Possible causes in vertical lines of LCD as you can see this was an expensive Opps! A new 27" display would be a more expensive Opps!

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So, Dan - have you used this enclosure you recommend with an SSD from a 27-inch Late 2013 iMac, and therefore have personal knowledge that it *will* indeed work, or perhaps know someone who's information you trust that has told you it will function?


I wrote:

"I have an Apple iMac "Core i5" 3.2 27-Inch (Late 2013), - ME088LL/A - iMac14,2 - A1419 - 2639."

Dan wrote:

"In the bottom row you'll see your system: iMac (27-inch Late 2012)(October 2012) Model ID: iMac13,2"

It's a subtle difference, but it's there.

Further searching and reading provides more information... indicates:

2.1.2 Envoy Pro for PCIe Drives

This Envoy Pro is compatible with the original Apple SSD from these Mac computers:

• iMac14,2 (27” late 2013)

So, it *appears* the Envoy case needed is the following, for $99.75:

NOT the one in the previously provided link for $69.99:

The unit for $99.75 shows compatibility with the iMac (27-inch Late 2013)

Model ID: iMac14,2, whereas the $69.99 does not.

Looks like I'll have to plump for the extra $30. Maybe someone will buy a "used only once" OWC Envoy case on eBay and we'll both be okay with the deal...


Sorry Kurt I guess I messed up ;-{

This newer Envoy unit is for the PCIe NVMe drives not the older PCIe SATAe (AHCI) version of the SSD Apple used in your series. While the physical connection is the same, the drive won't work within it as the Envoy logic won't have any means to interface with it.

Here a useful link to explain the wacky world of PCIe as it pertains to the M.2 & Apple SSD interfaces: SATA Express

FYI: I have three different units which can be fun trying to figure out which is for which beast.


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