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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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LUCKY ME! Found a perfectly matching replacement logic board - in new old stock condition!
LUCKY ME! Found a perfectly matching replacement logic board - in new old stock condition!
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
The factory installed 32GB SSD that we're going to replace
The factory installed 32GB SSD that we're going to replace
Oops: the newly installed SSD drive is not correctly fitted in the PCIe slot! An expensive mistake!
Oops: the newly installed SSD drive is not correctly fitted in the PCIe slot! An expensive mistake!
Removing the Fusion Drive 1TB harddisk
Removing the Fusion Drive 1TB harddisk
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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