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Replace HDD with SSD in late 2015 iMac

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Replace HDD with SSD in late 2015 iMac

Post by jimmy57 » Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:39 pm

A friend has this iMac late 2015 21.5 inch display that has a wonky hard drive and they purchased a new one. It would not do anything and the Apple genius bar (hehehehehehehehe, can't help it, I giggle every time I say or type that) ran diags and watever and said new HDD and motherboard. I got it to start and after many attempts go to the utilities and wiped it as they were not wanting it to get loose with all the stuff on the hard drive. Now that it is cleaned it does work but has significant hard drive segments not accessible. OK, the question: has anyone installed SSD in one of these? apparently 2012 brought changes that make it more difficult. #2. Does the replacement drive have to be the same size? I actually don't need 1 TB and would probably go with a 500 GB drive.