OWC introduces do-it-yourself SSD upgrade kit for top-of-the-line iMacs

OWC introduces do-it-yourself SSD upgrade kit for top-of-the-line iMacs

Summary: Previously offered as a turnkey upgrade service for the 27-inch 2011 iMac model, Other World Computing will now offer its solid-state drive upgrades as a DYI upgrade kit.

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Previously offered as a turnkey upgrade service for the 27-inch 2011 iMac model, Other World Computing will now offer its solid-state drive upgrades as a DYI upgrade kit.

This OWC Internal SSD DIY Kit is not for upgrade newbies, since it requires users to remove the glass screen with several suction cups. The $45 kit includes the screwdrivers, suction cups, modified heat shields and cables for the upgrade; the various solid-state drive upgrades are sold separately. OWC's memory and eSATA upgrades are also available if you're opening up the box.

The company suggests that potential customers watch the installation video to see if you're sufficiently bold enough to do the upgrade. It's not for the faint of heart.

If you're interested in this upgrade but without the do-it-yourself part, OWC offers an installation service program with turnaround time of 48 business hours.

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  • DYI ?

    Yet another blog demonstrating that no one proofreads this stuff.
    Mac Hosehead
  • These OWC upgrades are great and the videos are very useful.

    Over the years, I've either changed out dead drives or just upgraded. My 4 year old MBP's optical drive doesn't work. OWC had the replacement drive and then they had a massive sale on the slower SSDs (my MBP doesn't support the 6Gb SSDs) where it was really close to $1 per gigabyte. So, I got the SSD and a new optical drive. Changed them both out a once. Disassembly and reassembly was fine, if you follow the step by step. The Newer Tech tool kit on the other hand did not work. I got stuck right away. The took kit comes with Torx 6 as the smallest. I needed a Torx 4 and later inside I needed a Torx 5. But OWC took the tools back, waived the restocking fee and paid for shipping back so I was happy. If you don't have the tools, try to figure out what you need. The spudgers and the suction cup (you should get extras) are a bit harder to find, OWC sells them individually and you should order them at the same time. My MBP really screams now. New life for old machine. I use my MBP with VMs running so there is a lot of swapping, so it is not just boots and launches that are faster.
    ManoaHI