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Master Geek


#195169 8-Apr-2016 16:13
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Hi there

 

I want to upgrade the card drive of my mid-2010 i3 iMac to an SSD. The DVD drive is dead and I use an external one so I am happy to use that space. I've currently got a 1TB hard drive with about 550Gb currently used. I don't want to risk doing it myself. 

 

Two questions:

 

1. What size SSD do you recommend?

 

2. Any recommendations on where to get it done and how much it might cost?

 

Cheers





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Uber Geek

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  #1528618 8-Apr-2016 17:47
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In the USA, but they do ship promptly

 

 

 

http://www.macsales.com

 

 

 

 Recommending someone is a tad hard as we have no idea what part of the country you are in.

 

Its out of warranty, so any competent Mac/computer outlet should be able to do it for you, and they are not that hard to DIY.

 

Probably get the SSD cheaper from Amazon when they have their sales on, or look up

 

http://pricespy.co.nz

 

The job should take less than an hour, so figure about $100 for labour.

 

You may need to run some 3rd party software to control the fan speed, Apple has a habit of having custom firmware on the HDs and

 

using internal HD sensors for the temp and controlling the fans that way.

 

 


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Ultimate Geek

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  #1528623 8-Apr-2016 17:53
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I did it myself and dropped in a 1 Tb drive. It really was very easy. Plenty of YouTube videos on it





 
 
 
 




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Master Geek


  #1528693 8-Apr-2016 19:15
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Cheers guys. that;s good - about $100 plus parts. I *believe* from a quick google that I don;t need to worry about fan speed if it is going in the optical drive slot and not replacing the main hard drive.

 

Any recommendations about make? Are there good and bad ones?





My EPL football websites: Get the results but hide the score of your team at HidetheScore.net. Compare league positions with wage bills at RealPremierLeague.net.




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Master Geek


  #1561405 28-May-2016 20:06
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Update - I went to iLab in Jervois Road Ponsonby and I can't recommend them highly enough for speed, price and service. Derek there really knows his onions.





My EPL football websites: Get the results but hide the score of your team at HidetheScore.net. Compare league positions with wage bills at RealPremierLeague.net.


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Uber Geek


  #1561417 28-May-2016 20:45
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aboylikedave:

Update - I went to iLab in Jervois Road Ponsonby and I can't recommend them highly enough for speed, price and service. Derek there really knows his onions.



Considering doing this with my iMac, but it's a late 2013 model. What was the price they quoted you for labour?




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Master Geek


  #1561438 28-May-2016 21:57
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tardtasticx:
aboylikedave:

 

Update - I went to iLab in Jervois Road Ponsonby and I can't recommend them highly enough for speed, price and service. Derek there really knows his onions.

 



Considering doing this with my iMac, but it's a late 2013 model. What was the price they quoted you for labour?

 

$80. Bargain. I had to supply the hard drive caddy to fit in the old DVD space, which I picked up from eBay for USD10 or so I think.





My EPL football websites: Get the results but hide the score of your team at HidetheScore.net. Compare league positions with wage bills at RealPremierLeague.net.


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