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Can you install another SSD in a 27-inch iMac 5K?

Replacing the Fusion Drive with both a SSD and an harddisk

July 30, 2020 -

This month I did an attempt to upgrade my 27-inch iMac 5K. I wanted to replace the fusion drive with a SSD and a large hardisk. In addition I decided this was a good time to upgrade the RAM memory as well, maxing it out at 64GB. I was on a mission to create the ultimate iMac, but things didn't go to plan!

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The RAM hatch pops open using the secret button inside the power connector
The RAM hatch pops open using the secret button inside the power connector
Removing the heatsink from the logic board
Removing the heatsink from the logic board
Double, tripple, quadruple checking the PCIe SSD drive
Double, tripple, quadruple checking the PCIe SSD drive
The SSD drive installed correctly, note how the connector is much deeper in its socket
The SSD drive installed correctly, note how the connector is much deeper in its socket
Using a special roller to cut the iMac open
Using a special roller to cut the iMac open
The new drive is ready to be installed - what could possibly go wrong?
The new drive is ready to be installed - what could possibly go wrong?

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