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Installing iMac Intel 27" EMC 2429 Dual Drive Kit (HDD or SSD)

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Use the dual hard drive kit to install a second 2.5" HDD or SSD behind the optical drive in an iMac Intel 27" EMC 2429.

This guide will help you install the dual hard drive kit, and can be used to add either a regular hard drive or SSD. This procedure does not require you to permanently remove or disable your optical drive.

Sections

Étape 1 Dual Drive Kit  ¶ 

Use the flat end of a spudger to pull the optical drive fan connector out of its socket.

Étape 1 Dual Drive Kit  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pull the optical drive fan connector out of its socket.

Étape 2  ¶ 

Use the tip of a spudger to pull the SD board data cable connector out of its socket.

Étape 2  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to pull the SD board data cable connector out of its socket.

Étape 3  ¶ 

Use the flat end of a spudger to push the I/O cable connector out of its socket.

Étape 3  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to push the I/O cable connector out of its socket.

  • Alternate pushing on the tabs on the side of the connector to "walk" the connector out of its socket.

Étape 4  ¶ 

Use the flat end of the spudger to pull the microphone cable connector free of its socket.

Étape 4  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of the spudger to pull the microphone cable connector free of its socket.

Étape 5  ¶ 

Release the right and left speaker connectors from their sockets using the flat end of a spudger. Release the right and left speaker connectors from their sockets using the flat end of a spudger.

Étape 5  ¶ 

  • Release the right and left speaker connectors from their sockets using the flat end of a spudger.

Étape 6  ¶ 

Locate the AirPort card at the top center of the logic board and just below the hard drive. Use the flat end of a spudger to gently pry each of the antenna cables off their sockets.

Étape 6  ¶ 

  • Locate the AirPort card at the top center of the logic board and just below the hard drive.

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to gently pry each of the antenna cables off their sockets.

  • Do not disconnect the antennas by pulling on the cables as this may damage the cables, connectors, or sockets.

  • The antennas have markings to help you identify their order. The antenna with no marks goes to "CH0", the antenna with one mark goes to "CH1", and the antenna with two marks goes to "CH2".

Étape 7  ¶ 

Use the flat edge of a spudger to push the camera/Bluetooth/ambient light sensor connector out of its socket.

Étape 7  ¶ 

  • Use the flat edge of a spudger to push the camera/Bluetooth/ambient light sensor connector out of its socket.

Étape 8  ¶ 

Release the hard drive fan connector from its socket by pushing on its tabs using the flat end of a spudger.

Étape 8  ¶ 

  • Release the hard drive fan connector from its socket by pushing on its tabs using the flat end of a spudger.

Étape 9  ¶ 

Push the thermal sensor connector out of its socket with the flat end of a spudger.

Étape 9  ¶ 

  • Push the thermal sensor connector out of its socket with the flat end of a spudger.

Étape 10  ¶ 

Use the flat edge of a spudger to release the CPU fan cable

Étape 10  ¶ 

  • Use the flat edge of a spudger to release the CPU fan cable

Étape 11  ¶ 

Use the flat end of the spudger to push the ambient temperature sensor connector out of its socket.

Étape 11  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of the spudger to push the ambient temperature sensor connector out of its socket.

Étape 12  ¶ 

Use the flat edge of a spudger to pull the power button connector free of its socket.

Étape 12  ¶ 

  • Use the flat edge of a spudger to pull the power button connector free of its socket.

Étape 13  ¶ 

Locate the IR sensor located behind the black Apple logo. If necessary, peel back the tape covering the IR sensor.

Étape 13  ¶ 

  • Locate the IR sensor located behind the black Apple logo.

  • If necessary, peel back the tape covering the IR sensor.

  • Detach the IR sensor by pulling it straight up and out from the case.

  • Do not attempt to completely remove the IR sensor from the iMac as it is still attached to the logic board.

Étape 14  ¶ 

Remove the eight T10 Torx screws securing the logic board and heat sink assembly to the iMac case.

Étape 14  ¶ 

  • Remove the eight T10 Torx screws securing the logic board and heat sink assembly to the iMac case.

Étape 15  ¶ 

Simultaneously lift and rotate the logic board and heat sink assembly away from the iMac case until you can easily access the back side of the logic board. Simultaneously lift and rotate the logic board and heat sink assembly away from the iMac case until you can easily access the back side of the logic board.

Étape 15  ¶ 

  • Simultaneously lift and rotate the logic board and heat sink assembly away from the iMac case until you can easily access the back side of the logic board.

Étape 16  ¶ 

Locate the secondary SATA socket, next to the primary SATA socket. Plug in the included SATA data/power cable.

Étape 16  ¶ 

  • Locate the secondary SATA socket, next to the primary SATA socket.

  • Plug in the included SATA data/power cable.

  • The hard drive cable side with only one connector goes into the logic board connector.

Étape 17  ¶ 

Route the new SATA cable through the indentation that the primary SATA cable goes through and into the optical drive bay. Not all of the 27” iMacs (2011) have the channel in the optical drive wall to route SSD cabling. If you have one of these iMacs, you can simply route the cables under the optical drive.

Étape 17  ¶ 

  • Route the new SATA cable through the indentation that the primary SATA cable goes through and into the optical drive bay.

  • Not all of the 27” iMacs (2011) have the channel in the optical drive wall to route SSD cabling. If you have one of these iMacs, you can simply route the cables under the optical drive.

  • Set the logic board back into place, being careful not to catch, cover, or pinch any cables.

  • Be sure that the SATA cable has as much slack as possible and that it is not tangled with any other cables.

  • Make sure the cables are not stacked on top of each other; they have to lay as flat as possible

Étape 18  ¶ 

To secure your new drive in your iMac, you will need to place high strength double-sided tape at the four corners on the side of the drive with the SATA connectors. Peel the backing off one side of the double sided tape. Press the exposed adhesive side of the double sided tape to the corner of the SSD.

Étape 18  ¶ 

  • To secure your new drive in your iMac, you will need to place high strength double-sided tape at the four corners on the side of the drive with the SATA connectors.

  • Peel the backing off one side of the double sided tape.

  • Press the exposed adhesive side of the double sided tape to the corner of the SSD.

  • Be sure not to cover the SATA connectors with the double sided tape.

  • Repeat the above process for the remaining 3 corners.

Étape 19  ¶ 

Connect both the SATA data and SATA power connectors to their respective sockets on the SSD. Peel the backing off of the double sided tape. Carefully set the SSD into the iMac optical bay as close to the lower left corner as possible.

Étape 19  ¶ 

  • Connect both the SATA data and SATA power connectors to their respective sockets on the SSD.

  • Peel the backing off of the double sided tape.

  • Carefully set the SSD into the iMac optical bay as close to the lower left corner as possible.

  • Do not repeatedly stick and un-stick the tape, as the adhesive will become weaker.

  • Once you are happy with the SSD's placement, firmly press down along its edges to ensure full adhesion.

  • When re-installing the optical drive, the SATA cable will be sandwiched between the foam padding and the optical drive.