iMac A1311 Core 2 Duo 3.6 Hard Drive to SSD Replacement

After having good success replacing my iMac Aluminum 24″ Hard Drive with an SSD, I decided to do the same thing on my newer iMac A1311 Core 2 Duo 3.6. I used the exact same drive, the 256GB Crucial M4. Great drives so far. Whereas my previous iMac takes a maximum of 4GB of RAM, this newer one takes a max of 16GB, so I bumped it form 4 to 16, and popped the SSD in. Needless to say, it flies through everything now. Another important difference here is that the older mac had a thermal sensor that was just stuck on the side of the drive, so I just stuck it back on the new one, and it was fine – no fans speeding out of control. The sensor on the newer mac actually connects to an interface on the drive to read temperature data, so it different. I just left it disconnected and downloaded a fan control program, which worked at treat. The connector is highlighted in yellow in the image. As usual, there was a ton of room for the new smaller drive. I attached it to the existing bracket with a single screw, highlighted in red.

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