I want to upgrade my 2015 Apple iMac to a newer SSD

Created at: 2021-03-22 13:16:14
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HI there i don't quit understand as every shop i call tells me i should have a 1tb but i don't . i have a 500GB one, and i would really like more space but i mention upgrade and they say nope risk of screen crack won't do, so what are my option? do i have a dead fusion drive in this thing, anyway to tell?, also can i use a external drive with the OS on it or would the mac complain, i come from the world of windows, and since i went mac i don't want to go back to windows. here is the specs on what it says i have in this machine.



Apple SSD Controller:



 Vendor: Apple

 Product: SSD Controller

 Physical Interconnect: PCI

 Link Width: x4

 Link Speed: 8.0 GT/s

 Description: AHCI Version 1.30 Supported



APPLE SSD SM0512G:



 Capacity: 500.28 GB (500,277,790,720 bytes)

 Model: APPLE SSD SM0512G            

 Revision: BXW5TA0Q

 Serial Number: S2***699    

 Native Command Queuing: Yes

 Queue Depth: 32

 Removable Media: No

 Detachable Drive: No

 BSD Name: disk0

 Medium Type: Solid State

 TRIM Support: Yes

 Bay Name: SSD

 Partition Map Type: GPT (GUID Partition Table)

 S.M.A.R.T. status: Verified

 Volumes:

EFI:

 Capacity: 209.7 MB (209,715,200 bytes)

 File System: MS-DOS FAT32

 BSD Name: disk0s1

 Content: EFI

 Volume UUID: 0E239BC6-F960-3107-89CF-1C97F78BB46B

disk0s2:

 Capacity: 499.93 GB (499,933,818,880 bytes)

 BSD Name: disk0s2

 Content: Apple_APFS



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Answer #1:

By: Emma Denesik

HI there i don't quit understand as every shop i call tells me i should have a 1tb but i don't . i have a 500GB one, and i would really like more space but i mention upgrade and they say nope risk of screen crack won't do, so what are my option? do i have a dead fusion drive in this thing, anyway to tell?, also can i use a external drive with the OS on it or would the mac complain, i come from the world of windows, and since i went mac i don't want to go back to windows. here is the specs on what it says i have in this machine.



Apple SSD Controller:



 Vendor: Apple

 Product: SSD Controller

 Physical Interconnect: PCI

 Link Width: x4

 Link Speed: 8.0 GT/s

 Description: AHCI Version 1.30 Supported



APPLE SSD SM0512G:



 Capacity: 500.28 GB (500,277,790,720 bytes)

 Model: APPLE SSD SM0512G            

 Revision: BXW5TA0Q

 Serial Number: S2***699    

 Native Command Queuing: Yes

 Queue Depth: 32

 Removable Media: No

 Detachable Drive: No

 BSD Name: disk0

 Medium Type: Solid State

 TRIM Support: Yes

 Bay Name: SSD

 Partition Map Type: GPT (GUID Partition Table)

 S.M.A.R.T. status: Verified

 Volumes:

EFI:

 Capacity: 209.7 MB (209,715,200 bytes)

 File System: MS-DOS FAT32

 BSD Name: disk0s1

 Content: EFI

 Volume UUID: 0E239BC6-F960-3107-89CF-1C97F78BB46B

disk0s2:

 Capacity: 499.93 GB (499,933,818,880 bytes)

 BSD Name: disk0s2

 Content: Apple_APFS



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Answer #2:

By: Rosalinda Schroeder

Your iMac has a 500GB SSD.



An external SSD on USB 3.0 will be slower that the internal.



Instead of paying for someone to crack the screen or damage something else. It would be better to get an external USB 3.0 SSD and move space hogs like your Photos and iTunes libraries to it. Then keep running from the faster internal SSD with more free space.

Answer #3:

By: Ardella Gislason

OK, I understand now. The best way to get more storage is to simply purchase an external SSD, such as the LaCie Mobile SSD High-Performance External SSD USB-C USB 3.0 - Apple, and move large files to it, such as your Photo Library, etc.



Cheers,



Jack

Answer #4:

By: Prof. Duncan Crist PhD

Hi KI7PBG,



You have at least a 1TB drive. But your HDD part of the Fusion Drive is dead, right? Is your iMac a 21.5 or 27" inch?



Cheers,



Jack

Answer #5:

By: Eva Lubowitz

Your iMac has a 500GB SSD.



An external SSD on USB 3.0 will be slower that the internal.



Instead of paying for someone to crack the screen or damage something else. It would be better to get an external USB 3.0 SSD and move space hogs like your Photos and iTunes libraries to it. Then keep running from the faster internal SSD with more free space.

Answer #6:

By: Mr. Toy Feeney Jr.

no i don't think i have a fusion drive the drive i have is listed , but all techs says i should have a 1 tb i don't no is strange lol.

Answer #7:

By: Raheem Kunde V

ok so move photos , music, and other space hogs to the external ssd this i can i do since i know apps don't work on that external so i can move other stuff without issues .

Answer #8:

By: Prof. Delphine O'Reilly IV

any way to tell what this machine came factory with ? The model is A1419

Answer #9:

By: Sammy Krajcik

OK, I understand now. The best way to get more storage is to simply purchase an external SSD, such as the LaCie Mobile SSD High-Performance External SSD USB-C USB 3.0 - Apple, and move large files to it, such as your Photo Library, etc.



Cheers,



Jack

Answer #10:

By: Henry Murray

Here is a list of all A 1419:



https://everymac.com/ultimate-mac-lookup/?search_keywords=a1419



So that does not help much.



I am guessing it is one of several 27" 2014/2015 models - here is one:



https://everymac.com/systems/apple/imac/specs/imac-core-i5-3.5-27-inch-aluminum-retina-5k-late-2014-specs.html



That came with a fusion drive (stock), but could be upgraded during ordering with an SSD. So you may have something like that.



What helps is to find the model identifier of your Mac or go to the Apple > about this Mac > screenshot of the window (obscure your serial number).





Answer #11:

By: Mr. Van Lakin DDS

here you go hope this helps thanks much

Answer #12:

By: Jaiden Trantow

still not use to apple edit looks like i left tiny black text on the image LOL oh well still readable 🤪😂

Answer #13:

By: Cameron Goldner

ok, so here are your specs:



https://everymac.com/systems/apple/imac/specs/imac-core-i7-4.0-27-inch-aluminum-retina-5k-late-2015-specs.html



Looks like the standard configuration was a fusion drive, but it could also be ordered with an SSD, which is what you appear to have.



Here are the install instructions for an internal drive upgrade - professional install recommended. So, you are better off getting an external drive (this vendor has excellent drives) and parking your space hogging stuff on it.



https://eshop.macsales.com/installvideos/imac_27in5k_14late_hdd/iMac17-1/

Answer #14:

By: Darby Emmerich

thanks much for the info yea i will do that just get a external and park the big stuff on it sounds way better then risking a screen break or crack.

Answer #15:

By: Clemens Torphy

If you buy an external, thunderbolt SSD drive then you can use that as your boot drive, and it will be as fast (or faster) than your internal storage. That is the best option if upgrading your internal drive is not an option.



That being said, have you inquired with authorized 3rd-party repair shops? Strange that they mention the screen cracking if removed. That's a first.

Answer #16:

By: Odell Lindgren

HI DeepDiver yeah i know all the ones i called around my area all told me a screen crack in probability with these when removed , maybe none have any idea what they are doing i don't no its very strange. sorry for the late reply been really busy.