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I'm looking at hardware upgrades for our fairly new 21" Sandy Bridge iMac at work. Specifically I want to put an SSD in it since we use it for development and we're basically trying to use it as a terminal server (2 - 4 developers remoted in at once using VNC). Obviously the stock 500 GB mechanical hard drive has a lot of trouble keeping up, if once person compiles everyone else has trouble with disk access.

I'm looking at a Corsair Force Series 3 at 180 GB which should be plenty of room for what we do (we have lots of network storage too). I originally looked at a 128 GB Crucial m4 but the iMac is dual-booted and the Windows 7 partition needs a minimum of 60 - 80 GB of program storage space.

So, finally, to my questions. Will the Corsair Force Series 3 work on an iMac? And if so, can anyone recommend a free disk clone utility that will let me resize partitions and copy the current 500 GB drive to the new SSD? (I've recently tried a gparted live CD for cloning Windows drives and it didn't copy the bootloader so it didn't really work.)
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You bet you can do that, and you dont' even need any utilities to clone, although Disk Warrior is a good one that will do the job.

That drive will work perfectly, though TRIM isn't enabled on any drives that weren't included with the iMac. Thankfully, there's this to make your life easy.

You should be able to boot to internet recovery (command + shift + R on boot) and do the imaging through disk utility... I haven't done this myself but the functionality is there... basically:

1. make an extra partition on your mechanical drive
2. make a disk image of the active partition of your mechanical, save to the extra partition you just made
3. extract the saved image to the SSD
4. change partition scheme on the mechanical to 1 volume
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The problem is the 2011 iMac only has one hard drive bay, there's no way to connect the new SSD in at the same time. One of my coworkers also found this, basically any drives you use in the 2011 iMacs need to have special firmware or they won't work properly. Which led me to this Patriot Mac Series SSD on Newegg. It costs more than what I was looking at but it's still cheaper than buying more Macs.
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Well, yes and no... Swapping the existing HD for an SSD will give you the fan issue, since EFI only recognizes the temperature sensors on the original equipment drives. However... What you could do is install an additional hard drive using this kit and keep your original mechanical drive. That way the temperature sensors will still be working perfectly and you get the SSD.

Another option would just be to throw the SSD into a thunderbolt enclosure and use it externally. You won't lose any speed since thunderbolt is pretty fast, but enclosures are still pretty pricey and having the drive external can be a pain.

edit: I'm sorry, I misread... I thought your original post was about an additional hard drive not a replacement...
Edited by un1b4ll - 3/13/12 at 8:22am
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