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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FRONTIER PHOENIX IN BRUNEI WATERS

BSP announces use of technologically advanced drill ship
Published 05/09/2009 by Brunei Times

Frontier Phoenix

“the Frontier Phoenix has successfully completed its sea trials and passed BSP’s rigorous Health Safety and Environment (HSE) criteria, which are amongst the highest standards in the world”.

“BSP has used some of the world’s most sophisticated technologies to identify the drilling opportunity, including seismic processing and mathematical subsurface models. 

 …Minister’s Office, said that this is “another major development project to further sustain the oil and gas industry in Brunei Darussalam. Furthermore, employing the FrontierFrontier Phoenix drill ship is a testament to BSP’s technological leadership”

…challenging feat’. Drilling in deepwater is indeed a commitment from BSP to further develop its exploration and production opportunities. This is the first deepwater well for BSP in several years and we are looking forward to drilling more in the future he said