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Inside 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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Migrating the RAM modules to the new logic board
Migrating the RAM modules to the new logic board
iMac evolution
iMac evolution
YES, it works! The new logic board accepted keyboard input and allowed me to proceed with macOS installation
YES, it works! The new logic board accepted keyboard input and allowed me to proceed with macOS installation
Decoupling the fusion drive: separating the conventional harddisk from the PCIe SSD
Decoupling the fusion drive: separating the conventional harddisk from the PCIe SSD
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Removing the main ventilator shaft
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