Late 2009 iMac SSD Conversion – Breathing New Life into an Old iMac

This is in no way meant to be a comprehensive, step-by-step tutorial, rather a high level overview of what you could do if you’re looking to get more performance out of an older iMac.  There’s a lot of things that can go wrong if you don’t know what you’re doing and/or you’re not careful.

SSD Performance

A solid-state drive has better performance compared to traditional hard drives for both boot up and processing times.  While prices of SSD’s has come down in the last several years, you will still pay considerably more for an SSD compared to a traditional hard drive with the same amount of space.

Replacing the Optical Drive

For this upgrade, I elected to keep the original 1tb hard drive as a backup/storage drive and remove my optical drive in favor of providing space for the SSD to serve as my primary boot drive.

I’ll add some more details to all of this along with some videos showing the before and after boot up times.

480GB Crucial Solid State Drive

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Opening up the iMac

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OWC Data Doubler Bracket

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Replacing the Optical Drive for the SSD

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Booting Back Up – No Issues!

It’s always a good sign to see things booting backup after you’ve opened things up, take something out, and put in a couple new pieces.

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