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.
     
  4. iJav

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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
     
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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!
     
  7. trigo

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    mine is still usb 2.0 thus it would be too slow i guess...
     
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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.
     
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    Has anyone tried or know MacServe Manila? https://www.facebook.com/MacServeManila/

    Based sa FB Page reviews, mukhang maganda ang service nila.

    Meron kasi akong gustong bilhin na iMac 1.4GHz 21inch na second hand. Before I buy the iMac, I am searching for service centers na pwedeng mag-upgrade ng SSD. Zero knowledge ako pagdating dito.
     
  10. penmanila

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    Google Ynzal at 25 Scout Rallos QC. They'll install your SD for you. Look for Nomer.
     
  11. DON2003

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    I have a 2010 imac, lately feels the slowness on boot,
    I think it still has usb 2.0 so not good if boot via an external drive, right?
    what is the best? change the internal HDD to SSD? how many gb should I get? around how much to budget?
    is it easy to DIY? will I feel the upgrade?

    thanks, this will be my first SSD
     
  12. trigo

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    upgrading this to SSD would surely boost the speed.

    the bigger the better... but minimum size would be to get an SSD that is more than the included HD so that you can just use time machine to transfer the data. i learned this the hard way coz i used a smaller size SSD and i can't restore using time machine...

    btw, would you happen to have the DVD to install OS X?
     
  13. DON2003

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    thanks, I have the Lion DVD but I think the built in DVD drive not functioning well as never use it since, also plan to have a clean system as my files are as garble as a garbage, hehe! what is the best way to do it with a new clean SSD install? can I just use SSD to boot externally even its on USB 2.0 or better to replace the internal HDD? is it easy or too hard for a noobie?
     
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    an external boot is always much slower. replace the internal HDD, or use a caddy for a hybrid system. that's what i did on my 2009 MBpro and it's much faster now.
     
  15. trigo

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    i did the same route for my mac mini and i'm now very happy with its speed. i guess replacing the internal hard drive with an SSD is the way to go.

    usb 2.0 boot will be very slow...
     
  16. warmgreentea

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    I'm thinking of replacing my iMac late 2015's HDD to SSD as well. Since this unit is out of warranty, I figured that maybe it is a good time to jump the gun. All my computers (Macbook Pro, PC, etc) at home are now on SSDs, and I admit the speed of those machines really spoiled me as compared to my HDD iMac. Sometimes I unconsciously think that my iMac is broken when booting up, as I'm not used to 1-2mins boot time anymore. :p

    Anywho, has anyone done this via BTB/Ynzal (Normer) just recently? How much are the current charges? I'm too scared to do DIY on this, haha.

    Lastly, since the adhesive of the screen will be spliced out, does the 3rd party reapplying of the adhesive block dirt as good as Apple's? I had a 2011 iMac beforehand and those seeping dirt marks drove me cray cray.

    TIA :)

    EDIT: Just talked to Normer of Ynzal just now via mobile call. The labor to change the HDD to SDD will cost 2,000 pesos and they will re-apply adhesive on the iMac. It will take 2-4 working days due to backlog. Forgot to mention that I've been a suki and philmugger, so hopefully he could lower the price a bit. :)
     
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    wasn’t able to go SSD last time, swapped a newer iMac from office, now it shown age again, it’s an 21.5 mid 2010 model,
    how much to spend for SSD for it and is there anywhere to do it easy and cheaply?

    just need a faster booting and more reliable PC at home as its mostly for web tasks only
     
  18. warmgreentea

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    Planning to get a Samsing EVO 950 500gb, which what my PC uses at the moment. Very happy with it.

    500gb is at 8,590
    250gb is at 4,900
     
  19. potpot2

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    Just want to share my experience. Im sure there are here who had bought items from louie of tipid pc.
    I got my ssd from him, meet up at mcdo banawe. Free labor to replace the built in hdd with the ssd i bought from him. Also bought a caddy so i can use the hdd as second drive. Less than 30 mins tRansaction all done inside mcdo. Of course you have to install the os tourself.

    My unit is an mbp 13in early 2011.
     
  20. Elindir

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    What's the brand of your SSD, chief, and how much did it cost you for everything? Would you know if Louie also does memory and battery replacements (do you have his contact details, too)? Thank you! :)
     

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