iMac Intel 27" Mid 2011 Dual Hard Drive Kit

$49.95

Product code: IF174-002

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iMac Intel 27" Mid 2011 Dual Hard Drive Kit

$49.95

Product code: IF174-002

Product Overview

Dual drive power in your 27" iMac.

  • The complete kit includes all the tools and cables you need to install a second drive. Just add an iMac and new hard drive or SSD of your choice.
  • Compatible with all processor speeds, regardless of whether or not Apple offers the additional SSD option for your machine.
  • Does not require permanently removing your optical drive.
  • We recommend installing an SSD and using it as your boot drive or a 1 TB hard drive for more storage space.

Note: this kit will only work in Mid 2011 27" iMacs. We also offer an equivalent dual hard drive kit for the Mid 2011 21.5" iMac.

Compatibility

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  • All Mid 2011 27" iMacs

Product Details

$49.95 Complete Kit

 

Condition:

New

Notes:

Complete Kit includes:

$29.95 No Tools

 

Condition:

New

Notes:

No Tools Kit includes:

  • Custom SATA power & data cable
  • Custom-cut 3M mounting tape
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Compatibility

iMac Intel 27"
2.7 GHz (Core i5)
3.1 GHz (Core i5)
3.4 GHz (Core i7)
 

Stories

My Problem

Last year I bought a new SSD. My first intention was to put it in my iMac but at the time I was lack the tool and necessary motivation to do it. So instead, I put the SSD in my work MBP 13". The performance I got is amazing, especially when it comes to using VMWare. The lag every time the VM write to disk is gone completely despite the significantly less memory compare to iMac (32GB).

So, I simply want that kind of performance on my iMac.

My Fix

The upgrade is pretty much straight forward according to the guide. However, putting back the circuit board is a lot more difficult than expected, especially when I try not to break it into pieces. After putting it back and reconnect all the cable, everything work great! (Although the first time I boot up, I forgot to put the ram back so it beeps!)

I also replacing the 1TB drive with the new 4TB drive. Install the OS on the SSD. Here's come the best part about this upgrade. I create symbolic link on home folder (of SSD) for some of the data residing on the 4TB. Which data to do is totally base on each individual's desire and preferences. I try my best to balance out the performance I will get for storing data on SSD and storing data on 4TB HDD to not overly stress out the SSD IO. This technique is the best thing I learned since I switch from Windows.

My Advice

I don't have any thing to add except be careful when pulling out the placing the circuit board. Apple make it pretty much perfect fit! There is one angle in and out. So, remember that feeling when you pull it out.

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My Problem

The 1Tb Seagate in my Mid-2011 looked like it was developing bad sectors and caused some unrecoverable boot issues. I think the machine would have qualified for the 1tb replacement programme but the programme was already closed...time for some DIY and an opportunity to upgrade too :)

My Fix

Taking apart my baby wasn't a decision I took lightly but the iFixit guide was comprehensive and very easy to follow using my iPad as a companion. Also the iFixit Dual Drive kit and toolset was good quality and easy to use. Disassembly and reassembly took maybe 1.25hrs and the iMac booted back up first time no trouble :)

My Advice

I took the opportunity to replace the 1Tb for a 3Tb (Seagate again, to avoid fan issues) and also added a 250Gb Samsung SSD as my OS boot drive. I put 'Yosemite' onto the SSD before starting using CMD-R and a SATA/USB Dock. I also formatted the 3Tb so it was ready for immediate use in the same way too.

There are a couple of recommendations :-

a) A can of air duster would be a great addition your 'arsenal' of tools - it's surprising how much dust the fans had drawn into my machine....and a handy can of air duster would have been much more wieldy than a hoover nozzle.

b) Get the screen cleaner before you start - I was too eager once the iFixit kit and the new drives arrived. I ended up leaving my glass off overnight so I could make a shopping trip for screen cleaner in the morning.

c) When you get to the end of disassembly and are ready to rebuild, re-read ALL the steps backwards. The guide says something like start reassembly at step 27 but if you miss 28 + etc you risk missing a vital process such as screwing the logic board back in. I worked my way backwards one step at a time and am glad I did...It's hairy enough taking your machine apart once, you don't want to be experiencing the panic of a 'dead machine' because something in the later steps has been inadvertently skipped and then have to disassemble the machine again ...this time in a (slight) panic.

My Problem

Wanted to change my old and veeery slow 1 TB hard disk with a 1 TB quick Samsung SSD

My Fix

Much easier than I thought - note that I'm a first timer in opening a 27" iMac!! After reading everything related and watching the video it only took me astonishing twenty (20 !) minutes to perform this change.

My Advice

No advice - it simply works as described... It is a pleasure to not hear my hard disk make noise all the time anymore - just faaantastic !!!

My Problem

Wanted to change my old and veeery slow 1 GB hard disk with a 1 TB quick Samsung SSD

My Fix

Much easier than I thought - note that I'm a first timer in opening a 27" iMac!! After reading everything related and watching the video it only took me astonishing twenty (20 !) minutes to perform this change.

My Advice

No advice - it simply works as described... It is a pleasure to not hear my hard disk make noise all the time anymore - just faaantastic !!!

My Problem

Slower than it should be

My Fix

Brill my son fitted it and it worked a treat

My Advice

Instal the new drive behind the existing so the old drive can be used as a backup

My Problem

Was running out of hard drive space on both of my stock hard drives. External drives were too slow. I run OSX on one drive, and Windows on the other, and wanted to drop in two larger drives.

My Fix

Fantastic.

This job was a lot easier than I thought.

Removal of the screen was simple with the provided suction cups. The screen is held in place by high powered magenets which were annoying when removing the screws that mounted the monitor into the chassis.

I discovered I didn't need the dual drive kit to upgrade my SSD as the wiring harness was already there and in place (DUH)... I had ordered it -just in case-

The new 2.5" SSD drive replaced the stock 2.5" SSD perfectly, and the old SSD was moved to where the HDD was, with a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter.

everything went back together easily. no problems. Restored from Time machine backup. did a fresh install of windows 8 on one drive and a recovery install of OSX on the other.

My Advice

Was almost too easy.

My Problem

HDD was too slow, so I figured an SSD was in order.

My Fix

Well, overall. Unscrewing screws and unplugging the connectors took some time, but in the end it worked out. Had a temporary scare where I couldn't fit the logic board into its tight space, but after a few minutes of manoeuvring, all was well.

Was also concerned that removing the optical drive might cause the computer to act strange, but fortunately that was not the case.

My Advice

Do it. Make sure you have the right tools and parts, and take your time.

Beware that reinstalling the Operating System on the SSD and restoring from a Time Machine backup took some time.

My Problem

Install an SSD drive in a old iMac 27" 2011. Now it's a new computer, 4x faster.

My Fix

The process was really good. I'll never open an iMac before and i did it in my first time.

My Advice

Patience, i need 90 minutes to make the installation.

My Problem

Noticing slowness, wanted to checkout how fast ssd's were.

My Fix

Overall it went ok , with some bumps I the road. After watching the video and studying the how to's, still made some mistakes. The ssd wasn't being detected the first couple of boot ups, had to remove everything /reconnect everything 3 times! Before it was finally detected, not fun.

My Advice

I found it easier to leave iMac standing instead of laying on it's back. And if you still have the box it came in , use it!, much easier than trying to find 2 flat surfaces for glass / LCD.

My Problem

The 1TB hard drive in my 2011 iMac started failing. Luckily I had everything backed up on externals. I was super excited to see that iFixit had a dual hard drive kit, so I ordered that plus a 500GB SSD for my boot drive and a 3TB HDD for bulk storage.

My Fix

The repair went amazingly well. A co-worker helped me with the repair which was VERY important when we were taking the screen off. We took our time and were very gentle with all the connections, so nothing was damaged. It was a great opportunity to clean out all the dust with canned air too.

The instructions were very clear and well defined, with excellent pictures. Using iFixit's Magnetic Project Mat and Pro Tech Toolkit made everything much easier and faster. It took us 3 hours total to tear it apart, install the dual HD kit + the 2 HDs and put it back together. We all held our breath when we plugged the power back into it and pushed the ON button... success! High fives for everyone.

Before we got started I was nervous about repairing my own computer. Now that I (with help) have repaired my own computer I am much more confident that I can repair other devices using the guides on this website.

My Advice

I simply wish I had believed earlier that electronics repair isn't magical or out of reach as long as I have the right tools and an excellent guide to follow. By doing in-house repair we saved a lot of money (was even thinking of just buying a new computer initially), plus my computer is way faster and cooler than it was before.

Advice? JUST DO IT.