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A1418 | EMC 2889 | Late 2015 | 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 or 2.8 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5. Released October 13, 2015.

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No HDD in HDD bay, but Disk Utility sees SSD

No HDD, cradle or SATA power/data cable seen in HDD bay. But Disk Utility sees Apple SSD SMO256G PCI internal physical disk.

How do I add new SSD?

Where is SATA power/data cable?

Need to get SSD cradle and SATA power/data cable?

Update (11/21/23)

Further research suggests that this iMac could have had a Fusion Drive (combining a hard drive and flash storage in a single volume), but no was HDD installed? Or it was removed?

This iMAc likely has flash storage (SSD) on mother board, can it be replaced?

I will look for SATA data/power cable, under the fan and HDD enclosure area.

If it is not there, can I install SATA data/power cable?

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The SSD you are seeing is the one mounted on the back side on the logic board. Review this guide Changement SSD Blade iMac Intel 21,5" EMC 2889

The Samsung 256GB Blade SSD offers a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface and nearly twice as fast as the SSDs found in the 2013 and 2014 systems.

If you want to add in a 2.5” SATA SSD into the system you will need a cradle and a SATA cable. Follow this guide to open the system iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2889 Remplacement du disque dur and here’s the needed parts:

Image iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2889 Disque dur


iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2889 Remplacement du disque dur

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35 minutes - 2 hours

Image iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2889 SSD Blade


Changement SSD Blade iMac Intel 21,5" EMC 2889

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@richardandojr - Please review the Blue URLs I posted above.

As far as a being part of a Fusion drive, the blade drive size tells me it was a stand alone drive, which is why there is no cable or cradle.


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