How to replace iMac HDD when OEM SSD second drive is present?
I originally ordered my 2011 with a 256 MB SSD primary drive and a 1 TB magnetic secondary drive. So it has two OEM hard drives in it. The secondary (magnetic) drive just died, and I'm trying to research my options for replacing it.
However, I can't find a single guide or even a picture of what a 2011 27" iMac with two OEM hard drives looks like. What size are they, where are they located, and how are they mounted? Every guide and teardown I find shows a single drive and I don't see where the other one would even fit.
Unlike the do-it-yourself dual drive kit, my computer also has an Optical drive in addition to the two hard drives, so obviously it's not located there.
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Model Identifier is iMac12,2
Serial number is D25G60GFDHJW
It's the 3.1 GHz version.
Looking at the spec page, it looks like the SSD is considered to be the secondary drive from a hardware configuration perspective, even though it is set to be the boot drive. Under "Configurable Options" for the 3.1 GHz is listed "256GB solid-state SECOND drive."
I can hear the hard drive clicking from a position directly behind the Apple logo on the back. Which would seem to suggest that it's in the position occupied by a single hard drive configuration, and is then probably a 3.5" drive.
The only remaining question I have is where do they put the SSD second drive? Again, the machine still has its Optical Drive so it's not in the position used by the iFixit Dual Drive mod. Am I going to find after tearing my iMac apart that the SSD is right on top of the HDD or connected in such a way that I can't access the HDD for some other reason?
Is this a good question?