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Is it feasible to upgrade an Early 2006 Intel iMac to SSD?

My Early 2006 Intel iMac is still going strong after nearly 10 years. I'd like to replace it but can't afford that now. It's on it's second hard drive which is now failing. I would think an SSD would be a great upgrade, but I haven't read anything anywhere about anyone accomplishing this upgrade on a unit this old. Is it possible?

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The problem you face is the hard drives SATA port is only SATA I (1.5 Gb/s) in your system. You'll need to find a SSD which can run at this slower speed. Sadly, I don't know of any newer units that would work. Most are SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) and might drop down to SATA II (3.0 Gb/s).

The other issue here is you'll end up still needing more traditional disk storage (HD) as the larger SSDs are quite expensive.

How about a half step here: Instead of putting in an expensive SSD go with a SSHD hybrid drive like Seagate's Desktop SSHD. That way you gain the speed benefit of the deeper SSD cache the drive has and still hang onto the deeper storage of a traditional HD as well as being cheaper >> a Win - Win !! <<

This drive also runs at SATA I so it will work in your system as well. Most HD's now are SATA III and won't work in your system. I would stick with the 1 TB drive.

The last issue here is making sure your systems firmware is up to date. Follow this Apple T/N: About EFI and SMC firmware updates for Intel-based Mac computers

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A 480G drive will be fine for my needs, and I've seen them for less than $150, so that's not an issue. Also the 2.5" ssd will require a 3.5" adapter bracket, and I've seen a couple that have converters that make the drive backward compatible w/ SATA I. This will be my third drive in this machine, and I don't want to put any more spinning platters in it, even if it is part of a hybrid - I don't trust them. The firmware is an issue I'll have to look into, however


I've never heard of a SATA converter that alters the SATA speed. There is a PATA to SATA converter is that what you are thinking.


mmm... 3rd drive. You may want to check your power outlet (properly wired). Do you have a surge suppressor or a UPS? Power glitches can play havoc on HD's. Also don't forget to make sure the system is getting enough cooling is it dusty internally? Try running a temp monitoring app like TG Pro.


Here is the link to the converter. I'm not really concerned about achieving SATA III speed, I really want the reliability more than anything.


Just make sure the SSD drive is able to run at the slower SATA I speed. Check the spec sheet for the drive and if you can talk with the manufactures support folks to be doubly sure it will work in your system. Thanks for clarifying the converter, I forgot these folks call it a converter (drive size). This is just a more advanced frame to hold the drive it won't alter the drives SATA speed. You can also get a cheaper 2'5 to 3.5" adapter frame as the power & data cables will reach.


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