DIY UPGRADING SSD ON APPLE iMac

I’ve long been an enthusiastic user of fusion drive. So I own a 5k iMac with a 3TB fusion drive since 3rd June 2015. However, the fusion drive started showing issue just after 2 1/2 years of use. I’ve read enough about bad Fusion Drives to prepare upgrading it to SSD.

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The iMac specification is 5K, 27 inch, late 2014. The memory was also DIY upgrade with 32.0GB OWC Memory Upgrade Kit from  OWC.comScreen Shot 2019-07-01 at 11.24.32 PM.png

Items used for this DIY

  • ifixit.com Anti-Static Mat / 60 cm x 120 cm
  • OWC DIY Upgrade Bundle for 2012 or later 27″ iMac’s factory HDD: 2.0TB OWC Mercury Electra MAX SSD. Includes the NewerTech AdaptaDrive, components and tools to upgrade a 2012 or later 27″ iMac’s factory HDD with a high performance; 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty. (OWCK27IM12HE2TB)

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The SSD drive upgrade went well and as plan! However, I have 1 issue. Time Machine Restore failed horribly. Fortunately, all data & work files are stored in my external Raid 5 Thunderbolt storage. After several tries with restore failed, a Clean Install of macOS High Sierra was performed without hesitation. 

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Since the iMac version I own has only 2 thunderbolt port, the following devices are connected for expansion.

  • Sonnet Echo Express SE I Thunderbolt 3 to Full-Height/Half-Length PCIe Card Expansion System and the Tempo™ SATA Pro 6Gb 4-Port eSATA host controller.
  • OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock

All equipments are protected by reliable APC UPS.

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MY HARD DISK DISASTER!

An external hard disk  has really become a necessity for most of us irrespective of our profession. The necessity arises either out of need for more space or the peace of mind when you have a backed up copy of all your important data and those photos you don’t wish to lose. Something really terrible happened with my Maxtor OneTouch4 external hard drive a month ago after been using it intensively for 16 months. Its totally my fault due to my laziness when it comes to backups, I have only limited back ups on my photos. But it seems I might have lost very precious data accumulated just over a year.

The unit is covered by 3 year limited warranty. So, I send them back to retail store “Noryanismayus (K.B.)” and have them repaired. In just a week later, I received the replacement with a sticker label “Maxtor Certified Repair”. 🙂