1. Abdullah Shahid3's Avatar
    Best SSD I can get on a budget for and iMac?
    Also, do I have to install Mac OS on the SSD first? How would I do this?
    Can I just buy any SSD or is there specific things to look for?
    I'm going to be replacing the HDD on a Late 2006 iMac.
    05-06-2020 09:26 PM
  2. Matador's Avatar
    Well, I just opened up my 27" iMac (late 2013) yesterday and did a SSD upgrade. I have been running an external SSD drive for about a year as the computer was getting really slow. Ever since running the external SSD it was like having a brand new iMac...maybe even faster. I had to replace the internal drive as it finally failed and was getting errors and my iMac kept rebooting as the drive was unable to initialize. I ordered a kit to do the upgrade myself and a 1TB Samsung Evo 860 SSD. Install went smoothly and just did a comparison. My boot up time is about is about 15seconds faster than when I was running the external SSD. Only upgrades have been doubling the ram to 16gb and the SSD drive.

    I gotta say....this is a big reason why I switched to Apple. This machine is almost 7 years old and runs just as good, if not faster than my work Windows laptop which is less than 6months old.
    Just_Me_D and bakron1 like this.
    01-14-2021 04:59 PM
  3. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    That’s awesome and I appreciate you sharing your experience with us.
    01-14-2021 06:26 PM

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