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OWC Internal SSD DIY Kit for All Apple 27" iMac 2010 Models
iMac to SSD SATA 3Gb/s data cable, iMac to SSD/HDD power "Y" cable, 2 suction cups for the outer glass removal, thermal safe adhesive mounting set, OWC Microfiber Pro Cleaning Cloth, and tools

OWC Internal SSD DIY Kit
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Add a 3G or 6G Solid State Drive (sold separately) to your hard drive only equipped iMac to experience faster booting, near instant application launches and data transfer speeds up to 272MB/s!

Before attempting to perform this installation, please watch the following instructional video in its entirety to determine your ability to perform this complex procedure. OWC assumes no responsibility for damage that may occur during the install. Technical support for this DIY product consists only of the installation video.
Turnkey Upgrade Installation Program
While OWC encourages the DIY philosophy, this is a very difficult install that requires advanced skills. If, after watching the how-to video, you are not fully confident of your ability to add an SSD to your 2010 27-inch iMac, you can choose to have OWC "Do It For You" via our Turnkey Upgrade Installation Program.
Includes:
  • iMac to SSD SATA 3Gb/s data cable
  • iMac to SSD/HDD power "Y" cable
  • 2 suction cups for the outer glass removal
  • Thermal safe adhesive mounting set
  • OWC Torx T10S Driver
  • Newertech Phillips PH02
  • Nylon Pry Tool
  • OWC Microfiber Pro Cleaning Cloth

Includes

  • iMac to SSD SATA 3Gb/s data cable
  • iMac to SSD/HDD power "Y" cable
  • 2 suction cups for the outer glass removal
  • Thermal safe adhesive mounting set
  • OWC Torx T10S Driver
  • Newertech Phillips PH02
  • Nylon Pry Tool
  • OWC Microfiber Pro Cleaning Cloth

NOTE: This kit contains consumable and/or one time use components and therefore is not covered by any warranty. If you have any concerns about your ability to perform the upgrade, you can return the unopened kit for a refund. The 14-Piece Toolkit (except for nylon pry tool and Microfiber Pro cleaning cloth) included with this kit are covered by a 1 Year NewerTech Product Limited Warranty.

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This kit is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
iMac Intel
iMac (27-inch Mid 2010)
(July, 2010)
Model ID: iMac11,3
2.8GHz i5, 2.93GHz i5, 3.6GHz i7

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.8 / 5 24 out of 24 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: andyknas Location: Milwaukee, WI Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 great way to increase performance November 8, 2016 I've had this product installed for several years now and it's given new life to my older iMac. With this product along with a SSD drive, I've truly got no reason to drop $$ on a new Mac.

I would recommend this item to a friend! Customer Videos:

Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Chile Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Excelente KIT de Upgrade para iMac 27" 2010 June 8, 2016 El Kit efectivamente contiene todas las herramientas necesarias para realizar instalación de SSD 2.5" SATA en iMac 27" 2010, upgrade extremadamente recomendable que otorga respuesta de sistema y aplicaciones casi instantánea a estos equipos, haciendo olvidar las molestas esperas de la "pelota playera".

Se recomienda emplear SSD de buena calidad, las unidades SSD mas baratas y populares se degradan rápidamente en un año o menos, a niveles de prestaciones similares a un HDD convencional.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Quebec, Canada Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Fast Delivery to Quebec! March 25, 2016 Bought the kit to install my own SSD and all the tools work perfectly!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 5/5 Great tool set January 18, 2016 The tool set enables you to follow the instructional videos exactly. The tools and the videos are an unbeatable combination.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Vancouver BC Canada Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great product for giving new life to an old iMac January 11, 2016 I installed a new SSD in a slowing down iMac...what use to take up to 3 min to boot up...now takes less than 15 seconds...easy enough install from the video...other having to hunt around for the connector behind the circuit board for the SSD extended cable that is hidden from sight...took a couple of minutes...once done...everything worked...better than the first day it was originally powered up...

Would definitely used OWC for future purchases...

Andrew G.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Australia Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Super - Makes service of my iMac a breeze. November 20, 2015 This is a must have kit that make light work of getting into the iMac. When coupled with the video tutorials on the OWC web site then you simply can't go wrong. Thanks very much.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: West Covina, CA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 All the tools you need October 30, 2015 Except for the suction cups the rest of the tools were perfect for the installation of a new SSD in my iMac. One of the cups didn't work at all. But the other one did and that was all I needed to get the glass to open up.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Houston Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Worth the money October 29, 2015 Between this kit and the OWC Video series, changing out the hard drive on the IMAC was smooth. The only suggestion to the job is that a second pair of hands at times will make it easier. This kit is well worth the money.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Canada Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Almost perfect! July 21, 2015 Watching the instructional video before I bought everything gave me the confidence to go ahead despite the difficulty rating and the fact that I've never done anything like this before. Following the video closely while I installed was fantastic. I had trouble with 3 things: getting the suction cups to stick, removing the back from the double sided (tape!!) and attaching the SATA cable. The latter would be my only complaint: while showing us the back (that we can't see) is useful, but where the video attaches the cable from the back, we attach it by trying to stuff it down the front. It would be very helpful if the video showed which side of the connector should be up, and showed what it should look like installed from the top view that we see. Otherwise, it was great, and to my amazement, everything worked! Thanks!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: New York, NY Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 DIY Kit makes you feel like a frickin' genius May 30, 2015 I'd like to think that I know my way around computer hardware, but I had heard that iMacs are another beast altogether. This kit, combined with OWC's great install videos, made it a walk in the park. From start to finish, it was about 1.5 hours to replace the original HD and add an SSD as well. Back up and running in no time, and with the increased performance of the SSD, I basically have a whole new machine. Would not have even thought to attempt without this kit…

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Zurich Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Cost Effective Upgrade Kit May 26, 2015 The Best Product out there. Top Quality. Top Price.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer Top 50 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Southeastern Alabama Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 DIY kit for installing internal SSD February 28, 2015 You gotta have this! It is very unlikely that you have all of these tools on hand, and installation would be difficult or impossible without some of them. With the tool kit, you can assume the install will go well. After you're done, you have these for the next time you upgrade your machine, as well as other uses.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Poole Dorset UK Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent service to a UK customer February 28, 2015 I decided to add a SSD to my 2010 iMac and ordered the kit from OWC in the States. Carriage was via the US Postal service and it arrived at my door within a week of ordering. The fitting of the SSD itself proved to be a bit more intricate than the online tutorials had led me to believe, but with a lot of patience I got there in the end.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Ontario, Canada Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Works well - but caution required during install! January 2, 2015 The kit was fine and the SSD works well though the installation is not easy. My problem was the reattachment of the LCD cable to the internal DisplayPort connector. I gave it a push to be sure it was seated and the connector broke off the board. It is a common problem, I discovered. I think the connector attachment to the iMac logic board is a poor design - but complaining won't make much of a difference! In the end, I bought a new connector from a well-known national electronics supplier, carefully cleaned the pads on the logic board and soldered on the new surface mount connector. I have done surface mount soldering before. I am not an "expert" but I'm glad to have done other surface mount soldering projects before tackling this. So, I would suggest: Follow the video carefully, take your time and be *very very* careful with the internal DisplayPort connector!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Hong Kong Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 3/5 Not easy to install, but works as described October 2, 2014 I know the space inside the iMac is limited, but the instructions are not clear, making it a pain to install. Eventually I got it done and it works flawlessly.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Guarulhos, Brazil
Rating: 5/5 High quality product. Recommend. September 28, 2014 I would recommend this item to a friend!
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: New York Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Worked like a charm, along with related video August 3, 2014 One of the best DIY experiences. I've built PCs before, but was worried about working inside our iMac since integrated PCs were a whole new world to me. The video was detailed and accurate, and the tools exactly what I needed. They are high-quality enough to come in handy for other purposes, as well.

For anyone thinking about this install, it IS advanced, but not hard if you've worked inside a computer and are patient and take it slow. Took me about 90 minutes, being very cautious. Bright light is critical. I used my phone as a flashlight a few times to get a closer look at the connectors to make them easier to remove. By far, the hardest part was getting the SATA cable connected since you're working on the "back" of the logic board. It's doable with patience, though, and bright light.

Thanks, OWC, for the kit and the video! Once again, you've made a satisfied customer of me.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: California Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Brilliant May 17, 2014 It was a tough install process but the videos were helpful (moved a bit too quickly but still good) and extended the life of my iMac 2+ years

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Kilkis, Greece Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Excellent tool! January 25, 2014 Everything you need to make any hardware process to your iMac 2010 is on this package! Very good quality.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: United Kingdon Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Worked like a dream November 13, 2013 Having bought an SSD and some more memory from OWC I followed their on-line Video instructions to install into my 2010 27" iMac using this kit and the operation was straightforward if a little scary - it was my first time ;)

Most of the tools in the tool kit were not required, the only ones used were the Suction cups, T10 driver, the small Philips driver and the tweezers but having said that I can see the kit being very useful in the future of all sorts of little jobs.

As a side note, once the logic board is hanging forward and you have to connect the SATA data cable to the rear I think the video showing the required port is rather blurry but you can find the spot by locating the nearby existing cables and seeking its relative position to them. Have a good work light handy that you can shine behind the logic board.

Tip: although My iMac is only capable of 3GB SATA speed, I still bought the 6GB SSD because it was only a couple of Dollars more and I might take it out and use it in a more recent mac that is capable of 6GB in the future.

All in all - very happy with the kit and video and pleased that I have now extended the life of my iMac. Next step…create a Fusion drive...

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 25-34 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Just installed a SSD November 4, 2013 Just installed a SSD on my iMac 2010 using OWC DIY toolkit. Not too easy or difficult, need to be careful.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Houston, TX Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 Do-able April 4, 2013 The kit and video are spot on. I'd give yourself plenty of time and go slowly. You will absolutely love the finish product !!!! I do suggest an angled sata cable as - if you have big hands - tight getting behind the logic board.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: cjgotz
Rating: 5/5 Great Upgrade September 30, 2012 I just installed an OWC 120gb SSD into my 2010 iMac using the OWC DIY kit. I took my time so it took about 2.5 hours. I was a little nervous a couple times because I obviously didn't want to break anything and there were some pretty delicate wires and components. The hardest part was plugging the sata plug into the port on the board since it's kind of difficult to see. Routing the cables so the board lays flat again was also a little tricky but it came with time. Very happy I made the upgrade.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: GoLo Location: Cotswolds, UK Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Easy if you're careful (except one bit) August 24, 2012 This is a well thought out package of equipment that I was delighted to find after previously only having seen lists to shop for individually. What was more amazing to me was that I placed the order at 1130pm on a Tuesday night in the UK and it was delivered on Thursday. Excellent service from OWC and FedEx.

The install itself is mostly easy. If you have some experience tinkering you'll probably be brave enough (because it is brave digging into the innards of a tightly laid out device). There was one BEWARE moment and one HARD bit.

Beware when you remove the Display Port Cable when removing the display (it's the second of the display connectors shown in the advice video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8Li_bPDAow). The connector's clips on the edge are fragile and the connector very thin. I squashed them too hard and broke off the plastic wings. Not such a worry because the connector sits firmly in the port.

The hard bit is connecting the SATA cable to the back of the motherboard - just because it's fiddly. I could't lean the board out far and the socket's only visible at a very tight angle. Make sure you have figured out the right orientation on the socket, pre bend the cable to hook around and then be patient as you get one finger from each hand to guide it into place then home. Also then take time to figure out the cable runs, slack and space. It all fits comfortably with a little forethought.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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