Rüste deinen iMac mit mehr Speicherplatz aus.

Bei dieser Reparatur wird in einigen Schritten beschrieben, wie du die Festplatte durch eine SSD aufrüsten kannst. Insbesondere wird gezeigt, wie der Temperatursensor der SSD installiert wird, so dass der Lüfter des iMac mit der richtigen Drehzahl arbeitet.

Bevor du am iMac arbeitest: Ziehe den Stecker raus, drücke und halte dann den Einschaltknopf für 10 sec um Kondensatoren zu entladen.

Sei sehr vorsichtig! Berühre keine Kondensatorleitungen und keine offenliegenden Lötstellen auf der Rückseite des Netzteils.

    • Befestige je einen Heavy Duty Saugheber in den beiden oberen Ecken der Glasscheibe.

    • Um die Saugheber zu befestigen, platziere sie erst mit dem beweglichen Henkel parallel zur Glasscheibe (wie im zweiten Bild gezeigt).

    • Halte den Saugheber leicht an der Scheibe und hebe den beweglichen Henkel bis er parallel mit dem anderen ist (wie im dritten Bild gezeigt).

    • Wenn deine Saugheber sich nicht befestigen lassen, reinige sie und den Bildschirm mit einem angefeuchteten, faserfreien Tuch. (Am besten verwende destilliertes Wasser und, wenn das nicht hilft, ein 50/50-Gemisch aus Weißwein und destilliertem Wasser.)

    • Trage die Glasscheibe nicht nur an den Saughebern, da sie dir sonst runterfällt, wenn ein Saugheber sich löst.

    • Die Box vom iMac ist ein guter Ort, um die Glasscheibe abzulegen. Andernfalls tut es auch eine weiche und ebene Fläche, zum Beispiel ein Handtuch auf einem Tisch.

    You can easily lift the glass panel off the magnets with only your fingernails (or something thin like a credit card or a guitar pick). No need to buy suction cups you will only use once.

    Nick Caron - Antwort

    Yes, you don't need the specific suction cups to remove the display cover - it's held on by magnets, and if you start at the center by the iSight you can work out to the edges and remove it. I had an iPhone screen suction cup around and it helped with balancing the screen when you pull it out fully, but by no ways is it required.

    jtowner - Antwort

    Great guide and pretty straight forward the only thing that took me ages and I didn't manage to undo were the power btn cable (step 28) and the thermal sensor (step 25) Seemed like they were glued on! Very difficult to remove and obviously conscious so I didn't break anything!

    Eddie - Antwort

    Thanks!!! Worked excellently.

    I used a plunger (clean first ;-) to get the screen off, and http://exirion.net/ssdfanctrl/ for fan control.

    Then, i did not take out the whole display and left it in the hinges on the bottom side and held it up with two small cardboard boxes. Easy enough to disconnect the hdd then.

    I replaced with an ssd, put that into a ssd enclosure. Had to drill an extra hole in it to fasten the pins that hold it in place.

    Used Carbon Copy Cloner to make an image from the old hdd, with the sad connected via usb. Checked it of it booted via System Preferences > Startup Disk. It worked so the took the imac apart and replaced the disk. Booted, everything was working as always, only faster!

    Frank303 - Antwort

    I'm replacing my optical drive too. what exactly needs to be plugged into the SSD? I don't have the kit - as I am not sure one is required if I buy something like this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0056OB...

    Can you please advise? Can I do it with this piece, or do I need to get the entire bracket kit?

    Allen Borza -

    My display data cable forks, with a smaller section going up near the camera board. Where it forks, it is attached to the aluminum plate that attaches around the cpu board. I haven't seen any images that look similar, and I'm stumped at how to remove this second section of the cable. 2010 i7 build to order

    Awolf - Antwort

    Agree with the other comments here. Despite buying suction cups, not sure they were necessary as the screen removed very easily. A sat nav suction cup would do the job fine.

    Stuart Bloomfield - Antwort

    I can confirm that it is possible to remove the front glass using fingernails rather than suction cups. It isn’t easy, but if you try you should be able to pry off the glass.

    I did this twice: once at the beginning of the procedure and once again at the end, when I realized that a big pice of lint was trapped under the glass.

    gordonhamachi - Antwort

  1. Hebe die Glasscheibe rechtwinklig so weit vom Display weg, dass sich die metallenen Befestigungsstifte an der Unterseite der Oberkante lösen.
    • Hebe die Glasscheibe rechtwinklig so weit vom Display weg, dass sich die metallenen Befestigungsstifte an der Unterseite der Oberkante lösen.

    • Ziehe die Glasscheibe weg von der unteren Kante des iMac und lege sie vorsichtig beiseite.

      • Trage die Glasscheibe nicht nur an den Saughebern, da sie dir sonst runterfällt, wenn ein Saugheber sich löst.

      • Löse die Saugheber, nachdem du die Glasscheibe sicher abgelegt hast, da die dauerhafte Spannung das Glas beschädigen kann.

    • Denk dran, den Bildschirm und die Innenseite der Glasscheibe vor dem Wiederzusammenbau sorgfältig zu putzen, da eingeschlossener Staub oder Fingerabdrücke deutlich sichtbar sind, sobald du das Display einschaltest.

    you should do this mac up, because, for me, one of the suction cup failed, and the glass fall into the lcd screen. Now there is a big hole in it...

    Lau - Antwort

    do you still have this panel?

    Alpha Dimension -

    Reassembly: After powering on and running for a few minutes, found a large whitish patch on the screen. Persists after powerdown.

    Turned out to be condensation, though it didn't look like it - more like fine white powder rubbed in. Humidity is very high this time of the year. Fix: start airconditioner in a room, leave it running a while, take iMac in, prise open the glass again. Condensation vanishes instantly. Keep it out for a ~15 minutes running infinite loops to get iMac nicely heated up and fans running. Snap glass back.

    ganesh - Antwort

    I used a Swiffer dry cloth to get all the dust off the screen while just blowing with my mouth at a steep angle. I know I didn't get every speck, but the screen looks perfect once assembled and lit again. Removing the glass from the screen is pretty easy if you need to re-clean it.

    Jay Gillibrand - Antwort

    I used a microfiber cloth instead, which worked well. The same type as yo use to clean eye glasses, but in a larger form factor.

    Daniel -

    The Swiffer idea worked great! I just brush it over the LCD and glass panel lightly, and all dust particles are gone quickly. The screen after boot up looked beautiful. Thanks!

    dtsai2 -

    I strongly recomment to detach the suction cups while working at the rest of the steps. In my case after half an our i heart a crack noise behind me on the table... The vacuum of one of the suction cups braked the glass! maybe there should be a warning in the Repair guide

    shippe - Antwort

    I didn't crack the screen, but it popped out of the shims and then popped back in, as if the glass edge is magnetic or has steel in it to connect to magnets. Be careful with this step — it is pretty nerve-wracking, but doable!

    Alex Reynolds - Antwort

    You need a big clean surface free, or at least 2 or more free surfaces because the iMac, the glass and the LCD display are quite bulky. You'll also probably need space for a tablet or a laptop to read this guide while you are working. And don't forget room to work on the optical unit and for the tools you are going to use. I covered a large table with a double layer of bubble wrap. In my opinion it's better to put the glass face down to limit powder sticking on the internal surface.

    Roberto Blandino - Antwort

    Thanks good advice! I was wondering exactly about the working space issue!

    matteoslataper -

    I am doing this repair now. After successfully lifting off the glass panel (yay!), dust blew out of the lower open edge. So I sprayed a can of air around edges. But a poof of the “air” condensated on the LCD. Does anyone know if I can clean the LCD same as how the glass is cleaned (damp cloth with equal parts white distilled vinegar/distilled water) and if not then how?

    Amy C - Antwort

    Hi Amy,

    To clean the LCD panel, I would suggest using a clean microfiber cloth and rubbing alcohol. Distilled water can be used, but avoid regular water, which contains minerals. Make sure the microfiber cloth is absolutely clean and has no hard particles sticking on the surface, which will scratch your LCD when you wipe it.

    Wet the surface with some alcohol and gently wipe with the microfiber cloth. Wipe in one direction.

    Arthur Shi -

    • Entferne die acht T10 Torx Schrauben, die das Display am Rahmen befestigen.

    The replacement display I received did not have a bracket around the edges so I can reinstall it. On the old display, it seems the bracket is screwed in, but even with all screws removed, I cannot get it to budge. Is there a trick? Is this even possible?

    wooten1138 - Antwort

    Reassembly: be careful with the screws! The magnets attract them and the screwdriver as well! Better to use a screwdriver without replaceable end insert. I had to use one of this second type and I struggled a lot!

    Roberto Blandino - Antwort


    Try this easy GPU fix before buying a new graphics card! It fixed the white screen issue on my EMC 2374.

    adamg5 - Antwort

    • Lege den iMac vorsichtig mit der Rückseite flach hin.

    • Da zwischen dem Display und dem Rahmen sehr wenig Platz ist, benötigst du einen dünnen Haken, um das Display anzuheben. Wie im dritten Bild zu sehen haben wir uns einen aus einer Büroklammer gebastelt.

    • Hebe eine der oberen Ecken des Displays mit einem dünnen Haken am Metallrahmen leicht an.

    • Nach dem Anheben einer der Ecken halte das Display kurz und hebe auch die andere Ecke mit einem dünnen Haken leicht. Um die angehobene Ecke zu stabilisieren kannst du einen Stift von der Seite zwischen das Display und den Rahmen schieben.

    • Hebe das Display nicht zu weit aus dem Gehäuse, da die beiden Teile noch durch einige kurze Flachbandkabel verbunden sind.

    Be careful with any tool while lifting the edge of the display. Under the top left edge of the display sits the bluetooth-antenna-connector. I pulled it out while lifting. It was not such a great problem, cause i could just plug it in again. But maybe you could cut the small cable depending on the tool you use to lift.

    Gee - Antwort

    The display is quite heavy, an is fitted with a tight tolerance. I found it very difficult and dangerous, lifting it with any tool in one corner while the iMac was lying down. Instead, after removing the T10 screws, it was quite easy pulling the display out of the iMac with my fingers on both sides, while the iMac was in the upright position. By doing that, you can easily hold the display with one hand and reach for the connecting cables with the other

    Georg P - Antwort

    I broke the short ribbon cable that attaches to the inner top of the display but all the pics show the display completely removed after all cables are disconnected without the short ribbon cable intact. Does this short ribbon cable have a purpose and does it need to be reconnected? If so, how? Or is it just some worthless control put in by Apple to show its been messed with when brought back for repair? Thanks

    alligator69 - Antwort

    • Ziehe vorsichtig mit deinen Fingern das vertical Sync-Kabel aus der Steckverbindung auf dem LED-Treiberboard nahe der oberen linken Ecke deines iMac.

      • Achte darauf die Steckverbindung parallel zum LED-Treiberboard, gerade nach oben aus der Fassung/Buchse zu ziehen.

    This cable is very small and fiddley to remove if you don't have much in the way of finger nails. The cables are very thin and fragile.

    James York - Antwort

    It took me a bit of work to remove this cable, it was a hassle actually. What worked for me, without any tools, was to use your index and middle fingers' nails and pull it. That worked better than the index and thumb. Took me like 15 minutes, more than what it should take.

    thefinalzeta - Antwort

    Yes, me too! It stuck terribly hard and I spent most of the time for the repair for this s**** little connector. I thought all the time, I'm gonna break it or tear off these tiny cables... All the other cables were *rather* easy-going. In the end I finally got a new SanDisk Ultra II 480 GB SSD working.

    And thanks to the SDD Fan Control app it is sooo silent. Thanks to Exirion!

    Nick van Hill -

    When the cable comes out, make note of which side has the gold contacts visible. On my cable, you could only see them from the "top" side (aka, as you look down on it). From the "bottom" or back side of the cable, you could NOT see any gold contacts. This will help to orient the cable when reconnecting it.

    markcerv - Antwort

    In my case, all the cable connectors were oriented having the golden contacts, as seen from the wide side of the connectors, oriented facing away from the board

    Georg P - Antwort

    From this point onwards I found very useful a flashlight to illuminate inside the iMac.

    Roberto Blandino - Antwort

    Take care not to pull off the socket off along with the connector as happened to me.

    Fortunately there are used pull on eBay. Even saw one that had the same socket ripped off also.

    Joel Yang - Antwort

    FYI; Cable in 27 EMC 2390 I just worked on looked different. Was simple flat connecter with nothing other than blue coloring on end. Just flat gold connectors on bottom side. These kinds are very tricky to extract and even trickier to reinsert as there is too much flex and not enough slack/room for finger/tool to get back in.

    My solution is unconventional but works. I do not remove the cables (!). I work on the floor, lying on my belly. I open slowly and carefully only as far as the cables inside will allow. Use a flashlight so you can really see clearly. Then I prop up the both sides of the display using anything the right size (box, a pair of boots…) It is crucial of course that you have things propped up securely so screen can stay a few inches up without hands! I use a very short #10 Torx so I can remove the old HD. There is barely enough room to work but it is do-able with care (and light!). As I am usually putting in an SSD these days, I simply use electrical tape to secure it. Close slowly. Test

    Jed Wevaer - Antwort

    • Drücke die beiden Pins des Displaykabels zusammen, um es aus seinem Anschluss auf dem Logic Board zu befreien.

    • Ziehe den Stecker des Displaykabels aus dem Anschluss auf dem Logic Board.

    This connection is very fragile, and many people have broken the display connector on the logic board. You need to carefully pull the connector out, and when putting it back together, you need to carefully push the connector back in.

    pmah - Antwort

    i did break mine. do you know where to buy that component?

    Cris - Antwort

    In my iMac the cable was stuck to the structure of the computer with a piece of foam tape. Pulling it very gently, gradually it detached with no damages.

    Roberto Blandino - Antwort

    I pulled a bit too hard and metal cover over the module attached to the logic board came off from one side exposing metal teeth. To my surprise I managed to put it back. Even bigger surprise Mac works just fine!

    Wojtek - Antwort

    • Hebe das Display weit genug aus dem Gehäuse, um das Kabel der LED Hintergrundbeleuchtung vom LED-Board zu trennen.

    You need to squeeze the connector top to unlatch, then pull it parallel to the LED backlight board.

    Charlie - Antwort

    Here I used the flat end of a spudger to unlatch the connector top.

    Roberto Blandino - Antwort

    • Hebe das Display weit genug an, um das Kabel des LCD-Temperatursensors von seinem Anschluss auf dem Logic Board trennen zu können.

    • Wenn dein Lüfter nach dem Wiederzusammenbau mit voller Geschwindigkeit dreht, überprüfe dieses Kabel und das Kabel des Festplatten-Temperatursensors.

    Before you take/remove the LCD thermal sensor cable connector from its socket, make a note of which color cable is on the left, and which is on the right. When I removed the cable, the black cable was leftmost, and the grey cable was rightmost.

    markcerv - Antwort

    I replaced hard drive and added a second SSD on a 2010 27" iMac. Everything seemed fine for about a year, and now the fans run continuously. I think it's this cable in Step 8; I'll get around to opening it up to check.

    pigeonf16 - Antwort

    • Ziehe das Display vorsichtig Richtung oberer Kante des iMac und hebe es aus dem Gehäuse.

    And if the panel has no frame? How you unattach the frame from the old panel to place it on the new one?

    Daria Drozd - Antwort

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    • Bevor du den Stecker am Thermosensorkabel abziehst, musst du dir unbedingt seine Ausrichtung merken. Es ist extrem wichtig, dass der Stecker wieder genauso eingebaut wird, sonst läuft der Lüfter immer mit voller Drehzahl. Wenn deine Austauschplatte mehrere Anschlusskontakte hat, dann nimm die Kontakte nahe am SATA Anschluss und an der Platine.

    • Löse die Stecker an den Kabeln vom Thermosensor, SATA Versorgungskabel und SATA Datenkabel ab.

    To avoid a crazy spinning Fan, if you replace the HD by a SSD, without the fancy kit, just shortwire the plug. I used a copper from a CAT5 ethernet cable. Warning: you override the temperature sensor! I never had any trouble with that.

    it4art - Antwort


    What does that mean, to shortwire the plug ? I’m planning to put a SSD into an old iMac soon.

    Novak - Antwort

    The thermal sensor cable is just two wires - it4art is suggesting plugging a tiny wire jumper between the two holes in the cable to create a short-circuit. I do not know how this impacts the system. I tend to use “Macs Fan Control” for these types of things.

    johann beda - Antwort

    • Entferne die beiden Torx T10 Schrauben, welche die obere Halterung der Festplatte am äußeren Gehäuse befestigen.

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    • Drehe die Festplatte etwas vom äußeren Gehäuse weg.

    • Hebe die Festplatte aus den beiden unteren Haltestiften heraus und entferne sie aus dem äußeren Gehäuse.

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    • Entferne die beiden Torx T8 Schrauben, welche die obere Halterung an der Festplatte befestigen.

    • Entferne die obere Halterung von der Festplatte.

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    • Entferne die beiden Torx T8 Einschraubstifte von der anderen Seite der Festplatte.

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    • Löse vorsichtig das Stückchen EMI Schaumstoff von der Vorderseite der Festplatte ab.

    • Vergiss nicht, es auf die neue Festplatte zu kleben.

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    • Folge den nächsten zehn Schritten nur, wenn du deine Festplatte durch ein SSD Kit austauschen willst.

    • Drücke die Raste an der Frontplatte des Käfigs mit dem Finger herunter. Halte sie gedrückt und klappe die Frontplatte heraus.

    • Entferne die Frontplatte.

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    • Richte den kleinen SATA Stecker so aus, dass die kurze Seite des SSD Steckers auf die kurze Seite am Stecker des Käfigs passt.

    • Schiebe das Laufwerk durch die Vorderseite des Käfigs ein, bis der SATA Stecker richtig verbunden ist.

      • Die SSD passt nur auf eine einzige Art in den Käfig. Wenn der Stecker nicht korrekt hinein geht, dann drehe die SSD um und versuche es noch einmal.

    Kommentar hinzufügen

    • Wenn du willst, kannst du die SSD mit den beiden im Kit mitgelieferten Kreuzschlitzschrauben #1 im Käfig festschrauben.

    Kommentar hinzufügen

    • Stecke das mitgelieferte, für den Sensor vorbereitete SATA Versorgungskabel in den entsprechenden breiten Anschluss am Käfig.

      • Der Stecker passt nur auf eine Art. Wenn der Stecker nicht passt, dann drehe ihn um 180° und versuche es noch einmal.

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    • Ziehe den Schutzstreifen von der Rückseite der kleinen Platine des Temperatursensors ab.

    • Klebe die Platine des Temperatursensors so nahe wie möglich am SATA Stecker an eine gut zugängliche Stelle auf der Metalloberfläche der SSD.

    • Falte die überschüssigen Kabel zum Temperatursensor aus dem Weg, so dass du den Käfig gut einbauen kannst.

    Kommentar hinzufügen

    • Übertrage die Einschraubstifte der alten Festplatte auf die Seiten des Käfigs.

      • Es kann sein, dass für die Stifte noch kein Gewinde geschnitten ist. Sie lassen sich dann nur schwer eindrehen. Lasse dir beim Einschrauben Zeit und drehe sie langsam ein, so dass sie anschließend gerade sitzen.

    Kommentar hinzufügen

    • Bringe jegliche Halterungen, die von der alten Festplatte entfernt wurden, am Käfig an.

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    • Verbinde das SATA Versorgungskabel des iMac mit dem neuen Temperatursensor-geeigneten SATA Versorgungskabel.

    • Verlege die SATA Kabel so, dass sie nicht mit anderen Bauteilen ins Gehege kommen.

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    • Verbinde das SATA Datenkabel des iMacs mit dem SATA Datenanschluss des Käfigs.

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    • Suche auf der Hauptplatine einen Anschluss, der mit HD TMP oder HDD TEMP beschriftet ist.

      • Wenn du dabei Schwierigkeiten hast, dann folge dem zweiadrigen Temperatursensorkabel, welches du von der alten Festplatte abgelöst hast.

    • Wenn das eben erwähnte Kabel noch mit der Hauptplatine verbunden ist, dann musst du es jetzt ablösen und entfernen. Es wird nicht mehr gebraucht.

    • Verbinde das schwarz-rote zweiadrige Kabel des Temperatursensors mit dem Anschluss auf der Hauptplatine, der mit HD TMP oder HDD TEMP beschriftet ist.

      • Der Stecker passt nur auf eine Art in den Anschluss. Wenn er nicht hineinzupassen scheint, dann drehe ihn um 180° und versuche es erneut.

    • Führe das überschüssige Kabel so, dass es nicht mit den anderen Bauteilen ins Gehege kommt.

    Amazing guide, thanks for making it!

    I replaced my HDD with an SSD and am very happy with the result. Used an aluminium 2.5 to 3.5” adapter to properly locate the SSD in the machine. Using SSD Fan control app (free) and all is good.

    The video connector (flat delicate cable) was quite difficult to put back but otherwise the install was not difficult.

    Tim Biddulph - Antwort


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Hey I just replaced my i Mac HDD to a WD Green the previous one was really noisy. Thanks this walkthrough really helped me out. My I Macs now super quiet. This worked well for me. Thanks i fix it.

Levi Oscar - Antwort

Your WD green is an SSD or another HDD?

Mauricio Coruja -

Thanks for the guide guys, managed to replace a broken HDD in no time. However, I'd like to mention that standard torx bits could not be used to remove the display, a normal screwdriver with replacable bits is too thick to fit in, and bits are too short, so you will need something thinner (or longer bits).

Thraex Aquator - Antwort

Is it ok to replace the HDD with a SDD? (I know there is a tutorial for adding an SSD as a second drive, but I (and I'm sure others) don't have a big enough need or feel comfortable with the process involved.

Oliver Jobson - Antwort

What did you find out regarding this?

jonathan wishnev -

This is a great guide. If you take your time and don't rush you wont have any problems. I just replaced the HD in my buddy's 27" iMac and had a blast doing it! Step by Step this guide walks you through the process without any questions. Thanks iFixit!

davepascarella - Antwort

This guide was really helpful. I now have a super fast 1TB SSD in place of the original hard disk. It's like having a new computer.

James York - Antwort

I did it! new to this kind but just want a challenge and didn't want to drag my 27" imac into the mall which more than 1 hr away. Everything seems running smoothly except for the fan is on all the time. It's only off when I sleep or shutoff the computer.

Although I read the step carefully over & over again. I noted this issue down because look like it's common mistake. Therefore, I believe after 2nd time re-look and redo, especially on step 8 & 10, I don't know what else can I do to make the fan back to normal again. Any advice please help! thanks

tracythuydo - Antwort

What brand HD did you pull out and what brand HD did you put in?

Scott Dingle -

Use ssdfanctrl app

echevarriam79 -

I just successfully replace the original 1TB Seagate drive with a 480GB OWC SSD drive. It's nice and speedy now, but there was no place to plug in the HD thermal sensor on the SSD, so I just left it off for now. The fans are running full speed, so clearly I need to do something with the cable. Any thoughts?

wheelieking - Antwort

I just wanted to add that I actually replaced the drive without steps 6 to 10. Once the display could be lifted up, even without pressure on cables, I had enough room to remove the drive. The fragile connectors were something I prefer not to deal with anyway !

Mark - Antwort

Success! Everything went fine but I have to agree with Mark's comment from 12/1/2014 in that you can save a lot of time and misery by removing the vertical sync cable in step 5 and then jumping to step 10. I realized this when I found myself reaching back into the cavity, over and past the HD, to unplug the display data cable that was harder to reach than the HD itself. I found the perfect prop to hold the monitor up that gives max height without strain on cables is the box that the suction cups are packed in. Remove the 3 plugs on the HD and hold-down 2 screws and it's out.

joeburch - Antwort

Excellent guide. Replaced my failing seagate 1tb with a 2tb from ifixit as I didn't want to do the external sensor approach. All was easy and effective. Some of the connectors were scary only in fear of tearing wires rather than applying removal pressure to just the connectors. First time restoring from TimeMachine too.

ek99 - Antwort

I ordered this model of iMac with the stock 256GB SSD as well as a 1TB HDD. I've replaced the HDD easily (thanks to this guide!) but try as I might I can't seem to find any guides anywhere as to how to get to the original SSD and whether that can be replaced by a standard Samsung 850 or whether there are thermal connectors as well...

Does anyone know?

Thanks! :D

acarneiro - Antwort

No complaints, easy enough. I recommend using small cardboard boxes to hold the screen up at a 30° angle so you can work with both hands

Note, newer technology cells and iMac solid-state adapter bracket, you could easily put a 500 GB or terabyte solid-state in your iMac for zoom zoom time

Kevin McCartney - Antwort

I just installed an 480GB SSD and I get a flashing folder with a question mark in it. I'm lost.

desinit86 - Antwort

you need to format the drive first :) hold Command + R when it boots and run disk utility and partition the drive to Mac OSX Journaled, reboot and install.

schietkop -

Diese Anleitung ist hervorragend !!!

Ich habe bereits meinen Mac vor 2 Jahren auf SSD umgerüstet und mittlerweile mehrere andere Geräte von Freunden und Bekannten, die den Mut hatten. ;o)

Hält man sich strikt an diese Anleitung und benutzt einen HDD-Adapter für die SSD, ist es ein Kinderspiel!!!!

mikemarquardt - Antwort

I just installed a Seagate ST3000DM001, and I have the fast fan issue, so I took it all part again, and checked for another connector for the drive, and there are none not being used. I put everything back together, and did an SMC reset, and it's still running fast.

1) What could be missing? The existing drive was a Seagate ST31000528AS, and had no extra temperature sensors on it, and no other wiring.

2) Is it the drive? Is it incompatible in some way?

While having it open again, I checked for any other connections that might have been removed, or loosened, and found none. I guess it's not hurting anything running fast, but it would be nice to figure out what's causing it. Thanks!

RobCow - Antwort

Install Macs Fan Control

Olivier Deschamps -

Excellent instructions. I just replaced my HDD w/o any issues. The instructions were clear and the pictures helped immensely. Thank you!!

anievesjr - Antwort

Great guide!! I just upgraded my mid-2010 27" imac to 20gb of RAM and an SSD. I then tried to plug the old 1tb HD (Seagate) to an external usb case for 3.5" HDs, but the drive does not spin up at all.... The case is definitely functional since it operates now with another HD connected to it...I have not tried a second case, since i do not have any... any ideas why the HD is failing?

Vassalos Evangelos - Antwort

Did you plug it on the keyboard or straight from the computer ?

Olivier Deschamps -

Hi, i plugged it directly to the imac... i think the case can not power up the drive... Tomorrow a friend of . mine will drop off his case to try with that ...

Vassalos Evangelos - Antwort

case solved!! it was the case... changing the case fixed the problem!!

Vassalos Evangelos - Antwort

Great guide. I replaced my failed Seagate 1Tb (factory installed as second drive) with a new Seagate FireCuda 2Tb. By choosing another Seagate I was able to simply plug the existing heat sensor cable on to the new drive and everything works perfectly. No fan issues, no extra software required. Time Machine has restored about 750Gb overnight, and everything is back to normal

Simon Young - Antwort

I had previously added a 256Gb SSD to the OEM WD1001FALS. Heat issues started recently so swapped in a WD2003FZEX 2tb for the OEM 1tb WD. Because cracking the system is the hardest part, I also swapped out power supplies with one from iFixIt.

On reboot everything else is fine but it doesn't see the WD2003FZEX drive. Tried the cmd-r, the cmd-opt-p-r, and other resetting options with no luck. Cracked open the system again and confirmed the HHD cables are all in right. Still nothing.

Internal SSD boot drive: Fine.

External connectivity and everything else: Fine.

I had pre-formatted the HHD using an external USB cradle and copied my data over in advance of the swap (the OEM HHD was being used for data and large apps not for boot). So I know it was working.

onethumb - Antwort

I also used disk utility to see if I might be able to reformat the new drive now that it's internal. DU didn't see it either.

onethumb -

Problem solved! Swapped out the new WD 2Tb HDD and put in a new Samsung 850 Evo SSD. Once buttoned up, the drive was seen and MacOS initialized it without a problem. Data is now being moved from the new WD 2Tb HDD that I put into a USB cradle. It as an external drive but the EMC2390 doesn't like it internally because it's SATA III with 6Gb throughput.

Be advised. The guide above says that as long as you stick with the same manufacture, it will work. 7 years later, that is no longer always true. Make sure the SATA versions match up too.

onethumb -

If I replace the HD, my seagate failed, how do I install the OS?

Rob Wayman - Antwort

Did you format the drive before installing? I like to use an internal hard drive enclosure prior to installing that way I can format it.

Angel Araiza -

when changing to an SSD: you just need to leave the thermal sensor cable unattached! then the fans will go crazy at first - then install ssdfanctrl app

(as mentioned by echevarriam79) and that's it! worked like a charm! the ssdfanctrl app is really helpful - it worked flawless on sierra 10.12.4

mactrix.at - Antwort

you could also jump the thermal sensor connector with a piece of wire (https://yktoo.com/en/blog/post/231)

Eric Hew -

Thanks for simple to use instructions, I'm going to install a 3.5" SSHD into my 2010 27" iMac. Do I need any extra SATA cables or anything besides the tools and hard drive?

Angel Araiza - Antwort

Hello! I just installed a Seagate 1TB Firecuda SSHD in my 2010 iMac. All was going well, but when I went to boot it up by pressing Control R,or Option, I kept getting the grey folder ? Icon.

Responses on here say the hardsrive needs to be formatted but like I said, even after holding these keys nothing works. I also made a bootable external drive and tried to run off of that.... was essentially installing an operating system from the external to the Firecuda. But it did not recognize it....

Marc - Antwort

Great guide. I replaced my failed Seagate 1Tb (factory installed) with a new Seagate 1Tb. In the past I added an SSD replacing the optical drive. By choosing another Seagate I was able to simply plug the existing heat sensor cable on to the new drive and everything works perfectly. No fan issues. You can save a lot of time by removing the vertical sync cable in step 5 and then jumping to step 10 (see Mark's comment from 12/1/2014)

Alessandro De Chiara - Antwort

I though I had done my research before buying the replacement hard drive. My iMac is EMC:2390 and I bought the Seagate Barracuda ST 1000DM010. The heat sensor connector is too big to fit onto the new drive. It is a square 6 pin connector and the pins on the  new drive are only 4 flat so I cant plug the temp connector in. Does anyone know why I have this problem? I have rechecked the parts required for my replacement on this site and it states for the EMC 2390 I can use the Seagate ST 1000DM010.

Mick Mc Carthy - Antwort

I’m having that exact same problem. Any luck? Did you use the two other plugs without thermal plug to see if it will work?

Thomas A Losito -

The right question is how to fix it rather than why, don’t you think ? Try Macs Fan Control, it should be OK.

Olivier Deschamps - Antwort

Great guide, thanks. I also skipped the steps 6..9. The display could be lifted so far that I was able to insert a DVD case to keep it up.

I then replaced my WD hdd with a SEAGATE SSHD ST1000DX002 and shortend the temp sensor cable. As I thought it will reflect in the system as 0°C.

After 8h of restore from a USB2-external HDD the software SSD-Fancontrol showed me a temp reading of 47°C. Also after some hours of hibernation (sleep mode) the temp showed 22°C (room temp). So it seams to work.

How is that possible without the temp sensor cable connected to the disk?

Sternspechtler - Antwort

I had a dead drive and followed this guide and ordered the same brand HDD as the original. The issue I am running into now is that when I access internet recovery mode, the new onboard HDD is not recognized in Disk Utility. Is there any advice on where to go from here. I opened the iMac back up, and reseated all the connections, bu still no disk.

Kurtis Stadsvold - Antwort

See my comment below - I wonder if you have the same issue I did? The version of Disk Utility that’s bundled with OS X 10.13 was unable to see my new drive - although an earlier version was able to.

Mike D. -

Are you sure the new HDD is OK ?

Olivier Deschamps - Antwort

Very helpful guide - I ran into a maddening snafu with my new drive which I’ll describe in case anyone else has the same problem. In short, after installing the new drive (2 TB Seagate Barracuda, the recommended Seagate replacement drive from iFixit), Disk Utility running on a OS X 10.13 installer USB drive could not see the device (with “show all devices selected”). I was afraid that this was the SATA III issue mentioned in an earlier comment, but after a brief existential crisis, I tried booting from an OS X 10.10 USB installer instead (with the older, better version of Disk Utility). This old version of Disk Utility saw the new device, and after formatting the drive, I booted again from my 10.13 installer, and this time Disk Utility could see the device, allowing me to proceed with my installation of OS X 10.13. Everything seems to be working great, now.

Mike D. - Antwort

For the 2 TB SSD Hybrid 3.5" Hard Drive, can I use the newer model Seagate Firecuda ST2000DX002 (http://a.co/fpzD8Ik) instead of ST2000DX001?

Brian - Antwort

I plan to swap out the HDD with SSD. Do I need some kind of SSD bracket for this? Thanks.

Paul H - Antwort

Hello, I recently purchased the 1tb ssd upgrade for this iMac. I’m in the process of installing the new drive but come to a bump in the road. The old drive has a 6 pin thermal connector, the new ssd only has a flat 4 pin connector. What should I do?

Thomas A Losito - Antwort

Doing this with a Seagate 2TB SSHD + https://partedmagic.com/ + a USB3.0 drive dock for the old drive. Other than a scare with the LCD temp sensor (the plastic front snapped off, but the pins were still good), this appears to have worked out!

Michael Adams - Antwort

Didn’t seem to have any problem doing the switch, but got the blinking question mark on restart.

The drive I put in was working as a boot drive with a USB adapter and had a full OS X install on it. Not recognized inside.

I know i got the cables plugged in tight. Bad sata cables?

kirk - Antwort

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