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500GB OWC 6G SSD
and Internal SSD Kit for 2011 21.5" iMacs

Mac
Mercury Electra SSD and SSD Bay Solution
Upgrade with Confidence!
The complete solution for your 2011 iMac
Configuration flexibility is yours when you add a second internal drive using the OWC SSD bay kit. Boost your storage capacity by adding additional storage, and enjoy near-instantaneous boot and app loading times thanks the performance of an OWC 6G SSD.
Fast and reliable solid-state storage
Delivering the latest in flash NAND and controller technology, utilizing SLC and 3D NAND for long-lasting, power-efficient performance, the OWC Mercury 6G SSD line offer a powerful combination of performance and reliability for demanding everyday computer users.
We are here to help
OWC's SSD bay kit comes backed by OWC's award-winning U.S.A. based technical support team which is readily available to assist you with your upgrade should you have any questions. If you are not fully confident of your ability to add an SSD to your 2011 21.5-inch iMac, you can choose to have OWC "Do It For You" via our Turnkey Upgrade Installation Program.

Please note, that before attempting to perform this installation, it is recommended you watch the associated 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.

Release Candidate (RC) firmware set

There are two kinds of firmware for SSDs Mass Production (MP) and Release Candidate (RC). Prior to an MP firmware release, there are beta firmware releases and an RC firmware release. Often, the RC is the same as the MP release, however there can be small changes and bug fixes made between the two. OWC has evaluated the RC for the 6Gb/s SandForce 2281 Processor and found it to be stable with no issues reported during our testing. However, as with any evolutionary product, issues may surface as different usages and configurations are employed and it is important to understand that there will be further updates and revisions.

Since no firmware update is currently offered for the OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSD, no update page exists. To see the typical steps involved with a self performed field firmware update, please visit our 3Gb/s product update page at: http://eshop.macsales.com/Customized_Pages/Framework.cfm?page=sf_firmware.html

It is important to note that the current firmware update tool requires the use of Windows XP/Vista/7. OWC is currently working on a Mac OS based update tool, but we do not have an exact availability date.

500GB Mercury Electra 6G SSD Specifications:

Specifications

Controller
4-Ch
NAND
Tier 1 3D NAND
Form Factor
Standard 7mm 2.5"
Interface
SATA 6Gb/s, 3Gb/s & 1.5Gb/s supported, SATA 3.0 Compliant
Capacity 1
500GB useable capacity
SMART Attributes
Standard 2
Native Command Queuing
up to 32 commands
RoHS Compliant
Yes
Format

Physical

Height (max)
7mm (0.276″)
OWC 7mm – 9.5mm Adapter
1 included (buy additional)
Width (max)
70.06mm (2.758″)
Length (max)
100.12mm (3.941″)
Weight
77 grams +/- 2 grams
0.170 lbs +/- 2.71 oz

Reliability

TRIM Support
OS Dependent

Performance

Sequential Reads
(Compressible Data)
up to 529MB/s
Sequential Writes
(Compressible Data)
up to 483MB/s
Sequential Reads
(Incompressible Data)
up to 521MB/s
Sequential Writes
(Incompressible Data)
up to 444MB/s
Random 4K Read
up to 90,000 IOPS
Random 4K Write
up to 60,000 IOPS

Power

Active
2.1 W
Idle
0.9 W

Environmental (Operating)

Temperature (°F)
32°F to 158°F
Temperature (°C)
0°C to 70°C

Environmental (Non-Operating)

Temperature (°F)
-40°F to 185°F
Temperature (°C)
-40°C to 85°C
  1. 1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending upon operating environment (typically 5-10% less). The actual total capacity will depend on your own defined file settings/preferences. 
  2. Temperature reporting is currently an unsupported feature because due to the operating characteristics of SSDs, it is highly unlikely one would ever exceed an OWC Mercury SSD's stated operating temperature ceiling of 158F/70C. However, we are looking into supporting this feature in the future via a firmware update. Firmware updates can be found here: http://eshop.macsales.com/tech_center/OWC/SSD.

Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n K21IM11SE500 UPC#: 812437025897

Gallery

SSD Install Video


This product is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
iMac Intel
iMac (21.5-inch Late 2011)
(August 2011)
Model ID: iMac12,1
3.1GHz i3
iMac Intel
iMac (21.5-inch Mid 2011)
(May 2011)
Model ID: iMac12,1
2.5GHz i5 , 2.7GHz i5, 2.8GHz i7

Includes

  • (1) OWC Mercury 6G SSD
  • (1) 18" SATA III 6Gbps data cable
  • (1) SSD Power Cable for 2011 21" iMac
  • (2) OWC 2-1/4" Suction Cup
  • (1) Torx T10 driver
  • (1) Torx T6 driver
  • (1) Phillips #2 driver
  • (1) Nylon Pry Tool (Spudger)
  • (1) iMac Adhesive tape set for SSD installation
  • (1) OWC Blue Microfiber Screen Cleaning Cloth

NOTE: This kit contains consumable and/or one time use components and therefore is non-refundable if opened. If you have any concerns about your ability to perform the upgrade, you can return the unopened kit for a refund.

Warranty

The best warranty is one you never have to use - but should the need occur - we're proud to provide a superior level of support and service coverage to our customers.

3 Year OWC SSD Limited Warranty on the OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSD

Even when not used, we understand the peace of mind afforded by a longer warranty period. OWC's industry leading coverage is a testament to our confidence in the reliability of the solutions that we offer. OWC solutions are engineered to demanding quality standards in order to deliver the most reliable, highest performance available on the market in each storage category.

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 5 / 5 1 out of 1 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Josh12 Location: Josh12 Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 SSD add-in drive February 22, 2018 I don’t recommend this upgrade for the average user. I had no problems with it, since I work on cell phone and computer repairs daily.

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

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: SRProducciones Location: Acuna, MX. Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Very excellent upgrade January 22, 2018 What can I say, its just amazing how you can speed up your Mac with just an SSD Drive. The Kit has all you need to do the installation, the instructional videos explains everything, just need to be patient in the process, I did mine in 2 hours but absolutly worths the time and the money, the customer attention excellent too

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from DIY Kit for 2011 21.5" iMac's internal SSD bay: 120GB OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSD.. Customer Videos:

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