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Model A1419 / EMC 3070 / Mid 2017 / 3.4, 3.5 or 3.8 GHz Core i5 or 4.2 GHz Core i7 Kaby Lake Processor (ID iMac18,3) / Retina 5K display. Refer to the older iMac Intel 27" Retina 5K Display (Late 2014 & 2015) guides as the system is very similar.

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Change 512 SSD to higher capacity


Does anyone know where the nomal 512 SSD is situated.

I would like to change the 512 GB SSD into a bigger one.

In the tutorial there is only a description how to change from a fusiondrive to SSD. Implements that the SSD on the backside of the mainboard has to be changed.

Now my question: where are the "normal" SSDs placed? Are they in the place where normaly the HDD are placed or do you need a special 2GB SSD which fits in the slot on the backside of the mainboard? ...for it is a big difference just to take out the display and fan or to tear down to the mainboard

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Hi there,

I believe the Blade drive SSD (Apple Proprietary) is located on the back of the logic board, if your model came with a Fusion Drive. You can just replace the regular 2.5" rotational HD with a 2.5" SSD, the Blade drive replacement will be very expensive. Before you do so, make sure to backup your unit, if you break the fusion link you will lose all data. Also if you are doing the upgrade yourself, be very careful when removed the Display the glass and the LCD are fused, and if you are not careful you will crack the glass, which means a complete the LCD+Glass replacement.

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