How To Replace SSD Drive In An IMac Mid-2010

Posted: Jan 17 2018, 5:45am CST | by , in News | Apple

How To Replace SSD Drive in an iMac Mid-2010
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Replacing an SSD drive in an iMac is a project, but doable.

The SSD drive in my iMac mid-2010 died. This is unusual but it happens. Certified Apple repair shops did not want to touch my iMac anymore as there are no replacement parts available for this 7-year-old iMac. For a while, I ran the iMac on its hard-drive. This was too slow to bear and I finally found the nerve to try to replace the SSD in the iMac myself. It turned out to be easier and more fun than I thought.

I have a technical background, but I have never repaired an iMac before. To repair an iMac you need to right tools to open it up. I got the OWC General Servicing Kit for all Apple iMacs 2007 & Later from Amazon. It comes with the essential two suction cups to lift off the glass front and all other tools for the different screws you can encounter inside.

I got as a replacement of the stock 256GB SSD from Toshiba a 2.5" Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD, available on for $169.99. So overall, I spent about $200 to replace the dead SSD in my iMac and have now double the SSD storage.

To open up the mid-2010 27" iMac I followed the great instruction video from OWC on Youtube. Usually, people added an SSD to an iMac. So most instruction videos show you how to install a SSD in an iMac that did not come pre-configured with an HDD and SSD. I had to figure out myself how to remove the SSD after unscrewing the mainboard.

To get the SSD and its mounting frame out, you need to remove the optical drive. Then open the screws close to the SSD and you can lift out the mounting frame with the SSD. Unplug the cables and you can replace the dead SSD with the new one. You can reuse the frame from the original SSD. Then it is just a matter of putting everything back together.

The iMac is now working again like a charm and runs macOS High Sierra very snappy. This what i love about the iMac. It's like an old Porsche. If you keep it maintained, its still a great desktop computer to work with, despite its age.

Replacing the SSD is similar in a mid-2011 iMac. Apple did not change much in the internal layout.

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