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Topic # 145485 19-May-2014 15:48
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Hi guys

Looking at buying an external SSD to connect to my mid 2011 iMac to give it a nice speed boost when booting the OS / opening applications. Been doing a bit of research and definitely not keen on opening up the machine to replace the internal HDD, and because this model has USB 2 thunderbolt is my only option. 

I'm on a budget, and most Thunderbolt gear seems to be horrendously expensive, but have found the following which I can get shipped to NZ for $240 in total via Amazon:

Seagate Backup Plus Portable Thunderbolt Adapter

Crucial 120GB SATA SSD

Plus a 0.5m thunderbolt cable.

The only slight downsides are:

* The thunderbolt adapter is a dock which is designed to take Seagate's SSDs / HDDs which come in their own custom housing, but from what I'm reading the interface is standard SATA so I should be able to connect any SATA SSD, the only issue being that I would have to put a wee spacer behind it so that it sits nicely in the cradle. 

* 120GB is not big enough to transfer the entire contents of my internal HDD to but I'm thinking that if I have the OS and the applications on the SDD then I can leave my user files (like iPhoto library, iTunes library etc) on the internal HDD. The OS and the applications I use currently take up less than 40GB so 120GB should be plenty.

Plus sides are:

* Seems cheap relative the speed boost I should get from it

* The adapter means I will be able to upgrade to a bigger SSD in the future (if required) as prices fall

Anyone been down this road before and have any alternative suggestions / other insights?


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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 1048342 19-May-2014 19:16
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a few months ago i opened up my iMac and changed the dvd for an SSD drive.  I was scared as but it was easy as, just read and read the manuals on
don't be scared, you'll learn something and you won't believe how much dust and other crap you have in there which you can clean out as well.
I just did it on the kitchen table and used my car GPS suction cup to remove the screen.

give it a go.

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  Reply # 1048405 19-May-2014 20:42
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Not done a ssd upgrade but have replaced a dead hard drive in two iMacs now. Ifixit have the guides I followed, got the tool kit from

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