But why the fusion drive over say a run of the mill SSD? The 500GB had a price crash last week at 120USD. Picked up a few for the office.
All of these systems have a 6 Gb/s Serial ATA (Revision 3.0) connector that is occupied by a hard drive in the default configurations -- a 2.5" hard drive in 21.5-Inch models and a 3.5" hard drive in 27-Inch models. An SSD can be installed in this hard drive space and some systems support a smaller PCIe-based "blade" SSD, as well.
Specifically, as first discovered via teardowns from iFixit and others, if the 21.5-Inch "Late 2012", "Early 2013", and "Late 2013" iMac models were configured with an SSD or a "Fusion Drive" at the time of purchase, the SSD module is connected via a dedicated PCIe connector and another SSD can be installed in its place. Unfortunately, if the system only was configured with a hard drive, the needed connector is not present on the motherboard and there is not a way to add a PCIe-based "blade" SSD afterwards."
That means to me, no fusion drive. Just old? tech SATA drive swaps.
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A 21.5 inch iMac Retina display. It's beautiful if a bit slow sometimes. I know it gets ratings for being among the most closed of systems for repairs, but is it at all possible to swap out the 5400 drive for an apple fusion drive? Thanks!!!