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    You may be surprised how much dust and debris is in the iMac. I was, and it's been kept in a pretty clean environment. I used canned air to blow it out of the trickier places and a gentle vacuum cleaner to suck it out of the machine where the blowing didn't work. Key is "gentle."
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    When you do install the ssd....you'll be doing the Snoopy dance. My late 2009 is one snappy machine since I did the upgrade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Straitsfan View Post
    Thanks -- I can't afford an SSD right now; I thought i'd put in a new WD blue and that should last until the price goes down for the SSD's.
    SSD's have come down a lot in price from where they were just 1-2 years ago. I fear that by the time you're ready to purchase an SSD for your current iMac (when the SSD price is right for you)...you'll be more than ready to purchase a new computer! But totally understandable if the price & storage amount combo's available now don't work for you.

    As mentioned by SleeperSS...the trade off with installing an SSD is your computer will feel much faster...but you will have less internal storage. But as you mentioned...you can install 2 internal drives. What many folks have done is...install a smaller less expensive SSD to run the OS from (boot the computer from)...and have the larger "spinner" HD as the primary storage drive.

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    I can't afford an SSD right now; I thought i'd put in a new WD blue and that should last until the price goes down for the SSD's.

    Make sure you get the 7200RPM model as WD makes their Blur model in both 5400RPM and 7200RPM models.
    Check here fore details:
    https://www.gamersnexus.net/guides/2...vs-red-in-2017

    PS: I prefer the space/$ with 7200RPM drives as opposed to SSDs and their expensive space/$ and find them more than fast enough for average normal computer use. YMMV if and when you might get a SSD.




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    and a gentle vacuum cleaner to suck it out of the machine where the blowing didn't work.

    Some grounding caution is often advised or needed when using a vacuum on a computer as the air movement can and usually does cause a fair bit of static that can do damage.

    It's best to keep one's hands on the metal nozzle and keep grounded as best as possible while doing any such vacuuming.




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    Or use a plastic nozzle and don't let it get that close to the dust you are collecting. No need to go digging in with the thing, just suck up the dust bunnies. And most chips, when socketed, are protected against static by the surrounding circuitry. They ARE vulnerable when not in a circuit, so the grounding straps are used to keep them from seeing static as they are socketed. When I vacuum, what is left behind is a lot of surface dust that is sticking to the components. One can either blast it off with compressed air, or a combination of that plus a vacuum system to pull it in once dislodged. Air moving by itself won't generate sufficient static to worry about.
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    what is left behind is a lot of surface dust that is sticking to the components. One can either blast it off with compressed air, or a combination of that plus a vacuum system to pull it in once dislodged.

    I find a small 1" natural bristle hair paintbrush works well to dislodge the surface clinging dust etc.




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    With a brush I would definitely use a static ground. Brushing can produce some awesome static!
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    Brushing can produce some awesome static!
    Not as much as when using a "natural bristle hair paintbrush" as opposed to synthetic bristles.

    Using air alone will leave surface dust that aids more dust clinging.

    And using any static ground is always advised when working on the innards of any computer or similar electronics.

    At least that's what I was taught many years ago.




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    [QUOTE=Straitsfan;1783114]Thanks -- I can't afford an SSD right now; I thought i'd put in a new WD blue and that should last until the price goes down for the SSD's.

    Been hearing this price will fall nonsense for ten years. Prices certainly have not fallen locally Nick..

    The Solid State Drives are improving all tbe time and will not fall in price period. The day of the platter drives is behind us. Both Sierra and High Sierra are designed for use with Solid State and PCI-e Flash Drives.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    Been hearing this price will fall nonsense for ten years. Prices certainly have not fallen locally Nick..
    Sure they have Harry...take a look at this article:

    https://www.computerworld.com/articl...n-on-hdds.html

    But...I know you've mentioned in the past that RAM is still quite expensive in your area (compared to Crucial & OWC)...maybe it's the same for SSD's.

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