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SSD Recommendations for mid-2010 iMac

cdogg44 92 23 February 7, 2016 at 12:39 PM
I am looking upgrade the 2TB HD in my iMac to a SSD. I know nothing about SSD drives but would rather spend the money on a good one than save a few bucks on a cheaper one that will/could fail. It seems like Samsung is the way to go but I have no idea which model. Also, is there a difference between a laptop and desktop SSD?

Losing 2TB would be tough and I would need 1TB as a minimum. I believe I may be able to add a SSD to my iMac and retain a standard HD which would be ideal.

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Intel or Samsung are both good choices. I know there can be further complications since you're working on a mac. What operating system is it running?

Can you link to what your showing laptop vs desktop? I would imagine they are the same but they might come with different mounting equipment.

If you have the 27" machine it looks like you can get a dual drive kit https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Mac/...F174-004-1
Know that this is a DIFFICULT install, as you have to go in through the front of the machine through the screen. Probably not a good first time project if OP has no experience here.
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Know that this is a DIFFICULT install, as you have to go in through the front of the machine through the screen. Probably not a good first time project if OP has no experience here.
It is difficult, but not as difficult as the machines that followed where you've got to fight glue instead of magnets.

The easy option is an external SSD.
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What the above two folks said is totally correct. It's not super hard, but you risk doing something painful like ripping the connector off the logic board if you've never done it before. Also re-attaching the screen connector is a pain if you don't have experience. Have a stronly magnetized screw driver when you do it, otherwise the magnets in the screen assembly will keep grabbing your screws when you try to put the screen back on.

Also keep in mind you'll end up with dust under the glass. It's almost impossible not to without a clean-room and specialized tools.
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Also keep in mind you'll end up with dust under the glass. It's almost impossible not to without a clean-room and specialized tools.
Running a humidifier and HEPA air filter can help some without going full clean room.
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