Results 1 to 13 of 13
  1. #1
    SSD in new iMacs, HDD problems?

    Member Since
    Jun 13, 2012
    Location
    Las Vegas... as of 23 Feb 2018
    Posts
    327
    Your Mac's Specs
    27" iMac mid-2011, ipad.Air 2', iPhone 8+.
    SSD in new iMacs, HDD problems?


    Does anyone know if Apple has iMacs with a SSD HD instead of HDDs?
    The reason I ask is I'm contemplating replacing my 1 TB HDD with a 500 GB SSD, but...since mine is a mid 2011 and although my display, glass and case were replaced due to damage, I occasionally get a black screen for a few seconds (HDD?) and I still get the beachball almost daily (HDD?), and I have 20 GB of RAM! The power cord is snug in place on the back and the other end is in a Cyber Power AC backup system.
    If it is my HDD failing I would just replace that with an SSD.

    I'm also looking to buy my wife a new 17.3" win laptop with a 256GB SSD (she only shops online) as her computer is about 6 or more years old and she complains about it being slow. Yes I have run malware programs, defragged, and everything else I can think of, so...a happy wife is a happy life.

    Pierre

  2. #2
    SSD in new iMacs, HDD problems?
    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Location
    Keller, Texas
    Posts
    57,571
    Your Mac's Specs
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 7+, iPhone 8, Numerous iPods, Mojave
    The latest iMacs that are sold by Apple do have an option to add a SSD in place of the normal Fusion Drive (combo SSD and HDD). My 2017 27" 5K iMac has an SSD that I ordered in place of the normal Fusion Drive that came with it. Of course it meant extra $$$ but to me it was well worth the expense.

    As for replacing the HDD in your iMac with a SSD, yes it's possible. However, you will have to find a service repair shop that works on Macs as an Apple store will not do the work for you. Of course you can always attempt to do it yourself if you feel up to it.

  3. #3
    SSD in new iMacs, HDD problems?
    ferrarr's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 21, 2012
    Location
    Pawtucket, RI, US
    Posts
    6,076
    Your Mac's Specs
    L2014 Mac mini macOS 14, iPhone 8+ iOS 12, 12.9" iPad Pro 1 iOS 12, Pencil 1
    You can look at ifixit.com for their repair guides for your size & year iMac here, https://www.ifixit.com/Device/iMac_Intel, to see if it's something you may want to attempt as a D-I-Y project.
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

  4. #4
    SSD in new iMacs, HDD problems?

    Member Since
    Jun 13, 2012
    Location
    Las Vegas... as of 23 Feb 2018
    Posts
    327
    Your Mac's Specs
    27" iMac mid-2011, ipad.Air 2', iPhone 8+.
    I found a shop in Henderson, NV that can replace the SSD for me. Its the same shop that replaced my damaged display, glass front and case that got damaged in shipment. Getting a new iMac with SSD is what I would like to do. 500GB should be large enough for me. The cost is not a problem. Chscag, How much RAM did you get with your new iMac? Selling my current iMac is what would hold me back. Not sure how to do that. Maybe the Local store would buy it or does Apple take older iMacs as trade-ins? Don't want to sell outside of Las Vegas/Henderson, as shipping would be problematic. And how would I erase the HDD if I do sell it? Erase and then install latest OS for next guy?

    I do have all the tools and had the instructions on replacing everything, but lost/misplaced that while moving.

  5. #5
    SSD in new iMacs, HDD problems?
    ferrarr's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 21, 2012
    Location
    Pawtucket, RI, US
    Posts
    6,076
    Your Mac's Specs
    L2014 Mac mini macOS 14, iPhone 8+ iOS 12, 12.9" iPad Pro 1 iOS 12, Pencil 1
    Apple has an article for what to do if selling your Mac, https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201065. It tells you what to do, before you sell your Mac, and how to proceed, after everything is backed up.
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

  6. #6
    SSD in new iMacs, HDD problems?
    Maria Kate's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 12, 2018
    Location
    London
    Posts
    38
    Your Mac's Specs
    2016 Apple Macbook Air
    Make sure you sign out on every account on your mac like iTunes, iCloud, iMessage, and unpaired Bluetooth devices. Then you can now delete your hard drive and reinstall macOS to restore your Mac to factory settings. After macOS installation is complete, the Mac restarts to a Welcome screen and asks you to choose a country or region. Now it's up to you how will you setup of your system.

  7. #7
    SSD in new iMacs, HDD problems?
    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Location
    Keller, Texas
    Posts
    57,571
    Your Mac's Specs
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 7+, iPhone 8, Numerous iPods, Mojave
    Chscag, How much RAM did you get with your new iMac?
    I went with the standard 8GB (2 x 4GB modules) that the unit came with. The only thing I ordered special from Apple was the SSD. After receiving the new iMac I purchased an additional 8GB from OWC and installed it myself. Adding memory to the 27" iMac is a 10 minute job - very easy.

    As far as my older iMac (27" 2013 model), I packed it in the same shipping container that the 2017 came in and sent it to my Son in Atlanta via UPS insured. Got there in one piece and he's still using it. It was like new.

  8. #8
    SSD in new iMacs, HDD problems?

    Member Since
    Jun 13, 2012
    Location
    Las Vegas... as of 23 Feb 2018
    Posts
    327
    Your Mac's Specs
    27" iMac mid-2011, ipad.Air 2', iPhone 8+.
    Update. Replaced my 1TB HDD with a 256gb SSD at an Apple repair shop. Have about 163 GB free. Plus 20GB RAM. But still get beach ball on occasions. Not sure why.

  9. #9
    SSD in new iMacs, HDD problems?
    pigoo3's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 20, 2008
    Location
    U.S.
    Posts
    40,562
    Your Mac's Specs
    2011 17" MBP 2.2ghz, 16gig ram, OS 10.11.6
    Installing an SSD and adding more RAM can help with Beachballs...but will not 100% eliminate beachballs.

    Many times beachballs happen because:

    - The computer is being asked to do more than it can handle at any one given time.
    - Or maybe the computer hasn't been rebooted in a long time.
    - Or maybe the computer could use a little bit of periodic maintenance.

    Installing more RAM & installing an SSD can help...but I'm sure there are computers out there with 1 terabyte SSD's and 64gig of RAM (or greater)...and they still get beachballs from time to time.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

  10. #10
    SSD in new iMacs, HDD problems?
    ferrarr's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 21, 2012
    Location
    Pawtucket, RI, US
    Posts
    6,076
    Your Mac's Specs
    L2014 Mac mini macOS 14, iPhone 8+ iOS 12, 12.9" iPad Pro 1 iOS 12, Pencil 1
    With a 2011 model, the “main” issue will be the graphics card, especially if your doing/using graphic intensive work/apps.
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

  11. #11
    SSD in new iMacs, HDD problems?
    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Location
    Keller, Texas
    Posts
    57,571
    Your Mac's Specs
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 7+, iPhone 8, Numerous iPods, Mojave
    Quote Originally Posted by ferrarr View Post
    With a 2011 model, the “main” issue will be the graphics card, especially if your doing/using graphic intensive work/apps.
    Yep, that's true. I had a 2011 iMac prior to the 2013 model I purchased later on. (I gave it to my granddaughter.) Its graphics card was an AMD with only 512 MB of video memory and it would beachball. But even with my current iMac (2017 retina model) and a much more powerful graphics card, I still on occasion get beachballs.

  12. #12
    SSD in new iMacs, HDD problems?

    Member Since
    Jun 13, 2012
    Location
    Las Vegas... as of 23 Feb 2018
    Posts
    327
    Your Mac's Specs
    27" iMac mid-2011, ipad.Air 2', iPhone 8+.
    Thanks all. Graphics shouldn't be a problem as I don't do anything that would use that. By reboot do you me restarting the computer? What periodic maintenance should I be doing? Defragging? Do you mean using a third party program to do periodic maintenance?

  13. #13
    SSD in new iMacs, HDD problems?
    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Location
    Keller, Texas
    Posts
    57,571
    Your Mac's Specs
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 7+, iPhone 8, Numerous iPods, Mojave
    The only maintenance program we recommend running is OnyX. And, if your iMac has an SSD or Fusion drive you do not want to use a defrag program as that can cause more harm than good. By rebooting, we mean restarting your iMac once in awhile.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Problems syncing icalendars on two imacs running Lion
    By helixsec in forum macOS - Apps and Games
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-09-2012, 12:43 PM
  2. 2 iMacs 2 Problems
    By Jondrums in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-10-2011, 05:53 PM
  3. Best Buy and iMacs ...
    By Omnimaxus in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 08-25-2008, 02:21 AM
  4. New iMacs on the way....?
    By stoldie in forum Apple Rumors and Reports
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 06-21-2007, 03:36 PM
  5. My iMacs has sleeping problems
    By codie in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 05-15-2006, 05:34 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •