SSD Upgrade

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  1. mig

    mig Active Member

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    Has anyone tried to upgrade their iMac to an SSD? I've got a late 2013 21.5" and the spinning drive is just so slow. Will a local service center perform the upgrade for me if I supply the parts? Anyone know how much they charge?
     
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    Want to know more about this too....i think btb greenhills can do this but not 100% sure
     
  3. makinao

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    Ynzal would do it. Clone your current HD (even update your OS) then install. Not sure how much service is nowadays. Between 500 and 1k siguro.
     
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    Instead of upgrading the internals of my iMac (late 2013 model), I got an inateck USB 3.0 enclosure and installed a samsung ssd in it. I now boot up via the external SSD drive and use the internal HDD as data storage only. Works like a charm... :)
     
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    My business has six 2013 iMacs just like yours. Upgraded them all to SSD at BTB Greenhills. 1,500php per upgrade. Another option is to get an external SSD. A good brand available locally though Abacus Greenhills is the San Disk Extreme 500 external ssd. I have the 480gb version which I bought for 8,000 php and it is noticably faster then any traditional internal hard drive even it is just connected to my Mac's usb 3 port. Its also tiny, the side of a biscuit, which makes it very handy. There are cheaper and smaller capacities too, certainly worth your consideration.

    https://www.sandisk.com/home/ssd/extreme-500-ssd
     
    #5 Salaryman Ryan, Nov 24, 2016
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  6. mig

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    My dad uses the iMac so I'd prefer for the experience to be as seamless as possible. Lagot na kung biglang mabunot niya!

    Ooh, exactly what I needed to know. Did they provide a 3.5" bracket or will I need to bring? Already have an SSD in mind - looking at a Crucial MX300. :) Thanks!
     
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    mine is still usb 2.0 thus it would be too slow i guess...
     
  8. Salaryman Ryan

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    I'm pretty sure the slim type 2013 iMac uses a 2.5 sized hard disk so no need for 3.5 bracket. :)

    https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iMac+Intel+21.5-Inch+EMC+2638+Hard+Drive+Replacement/28781

    Oddly enough, I also use my Sandisk Extreme 500 external ssd on my old USB 2.0 2011 17 inch Macbook Pro and its still noticeably faster then any of my external WD platter drives.
     
    #8 Salaryman Ryan, Nov 25, 2016
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