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2.0TB OWC 6G SSD
and HDD Kit for 21.5" iMac (2012 and later)

Mac / USB 3.0
Mercury SSD and iMac HDD Kit
Everything You Need!
The complete solution for your 2012 and later 21.5" iMac
Experience the extreme performance of an OWC SSD upgrade with this easy DIY SSD and hard drive replacement kit. Add an SSD to your hard drive equipped iMac to experience faster booting, near instant application launches and data transfer speeds up over 500 MB/s.
Fast and reliable solid-state storage
With sustained data speeds of over 500 MB/s, up to 100X greater data protection than enterprise class Hard Disk Drives, and RAISE technology for RAID like data protection and reliability, the OWC Mercury 6G SSD line delivers unbeatable performance, that's backed by an incredible OWC SSD Limited Warranty.
A True DIY upgrade
This comprehensive kit has all the tools you need to replace your factory HDD with a high performance SSD, bringing a complete diy upgrade within your reach. Includes drivers, glass removal suction cups, and screen adhesive so you can get the job done yourself. The included OWC Express 2.5" USB 3.0 enclosure offers maximum mobile data storage/backup potential with a sleek, totally bus powered design. Just add your iMac's factory 2.5" hard drive or SSD and take your digital life with you wherever you roam!


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.

2.0TB Mercury Electra™ MAX 6G SSD Specifications:

Specifications

Controller
Silicon Motion SM2246EN Series with 7% Over Provisioning firmware set
RAID Controller
JMicron S562
NAND
Tier 1 Major Multi-Level Cell (MLC) High-Performance Sync-NAND Flash
Form Factor
Standard 7mm 2.5"
Interface
SATA 6Gb/s, 3Gb/s & 1.5Gb/s supported, SATA 3.0 Compliant
Capacity1
1920GB useable capacity
Total Flash Memory Components – 2048GB
128GB allocated to real-time data redundancy & error correction
Formatted Capacity2
1788GiB
RAID Support
Qualified for single drive and multiple drive production workstation RAID 0/1/10/0+1 and SPAN usage.
SMART Attributes
Standard4
Native Command Queuing
up to 32 commands
Manufacturer Model Number
OWCSSD7E6G02T
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

Reliability3

Data Reliability
Built-in BCH ECC: Up to 66 bits correctable per 1024 bytes
Security
Chip Based Data Encryption: 256-bit AES-compliant
TRIM Support
No
Nonrecoverable Read Errors
Less than 1 sector per 1016 bits read
Warranty
3 Year OWC SSD Limited Warranty
(Standard return policy applies.)

Performance

Sustained
Reads 6Gb/s (up to)
490MB/s
Sustained
Writes 6Gb/s (up to)
471MB/s
Read Incompressible
Data Rate (up to)
466MB/s
Write Incompressible
Data Rate (up to)
447MB/s
Random 4K Read
Up to 9,000 IOPS
Random 4K Write
Up to 20,000 IOPS
Read Latency
less than 0.1ms
Write Latency
less than 0.1ms

Power

Active
Less than 2000mW (2.0W) expected maximum draw
Idle
Less than 700mW (0.7W)

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

Acoustics

Idle (Typical)
0.0 bels
Seek (Typical)
0.0 bels
  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. In terms of standard gigabytes, 1GiB ≈ 1.074GB and refers to the actual formatted capacity of shown under Mac OS 10.5 or earlier and Microsoft Windows OS.
  3. Specific application environments such as temperature and duty cycle will affect the overall reliability.
  4. 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.
  5. Firmware support for Legacy Mac Models to enable SATA Bus Matching for full SATA 3Gb/s and SATA 1.5Gb/s bus enablement, even on models that are known improperly clock down with the use of a 6Gb/s Hard Drive or SSD. This model SSD has support to specifically ensure SATA Bus clocking to the maximum speed available from the SATA interface it is connected to.

Express Enclosure Specifications:

OWC Part Number

  • ES2.5BU3S

Software Requirements

  • OS
    • Mac OS 8.6 or later
    • OS X 10.2 or later
    • Windows 98 or later
  • Driver
    • Driver not required

Hardware Requirements

  • Minimum
    • Mac or PC featuring USB 1.1 interface
  • Recommended (Best Performance)
    • Mac or PC featuring USB 3.0 interface

Interface (Chipset)

  • (1) USB 3.0 (ASMedia ASM1053E)

Drives Supported

  • (1) 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s drives
    • SATA revision 3.0 (6Gb/s) compliant
    • Compatible with SATA revisions 2.0 (3Gb/s) and 1.0 (1.5Gb/s)

Power Supply

  • Bus Power via USB

Dimensions

  • Height: 0.6 in (1.5 cm)
  • Width: 3.1 in (7.9cm)
  • Length: 5.1 in (13.0 cm)

Weight

  • Without Drive: 2.0 oz (56 g)

Operating Environment

  • Dependent on mechanism installed
Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n K21IM12HE2TB UPC#: 812437028737

Gallery

Install Video

This product is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
iMac Intel
iMac w/Retina 4K display
(21.5-inch Mid 2017)
(June 2017)
Model ID:iMac18,2
3.0GHz i5, 3.4GHz i5, 3.6GHz i7
iMac Intel
iMac (21.5-inch Mid 2017)
(June 2017)
Model ID:iMac18,1
2.3GHz i5
iMac Intel
iMac w/ retina 4K display
(October 2015)
Model ID:16,2
3.1GHz i5, 3.3GHz i7
iMac Intel
iMac (21.5-inch Late 2015)
(October 2015)
Model ID:iMac16,1; iMac16,2
1.6GHz i5, 2.8GHz i5
iMac Intel
iMac (21.5-inch Mid 2014)
(June 2014)
Model ID: iMac14,4
1.4GHz i5
iMac Intel
iMac (21.5-inch Late 2013)
(September 2013)
Model ID: iMac14,3
2.9GHz i5 or 3.1GHz i7
iMac Intel
iMac (21.5-inch Late 2013)
(September 2013)
Model ID: iMac14,1
2.7GHz i5
iMac Intel
iMac (21.5-inch Early 2013)
(March 2013)
Model ID: iMac13,1
3.3GHz i3
iMac Intel
iMac (21.5-inch Late 2012)
(October 2012)
Model ID: iMac13,1
2.7GHz i5 , 2.9GHz i5, 3.1GHz i7

Includes

  • (1) OWC Mercury 6G SSD
  • (1) OWC Express enclosure - silver
  • (2) OWC 2-1/4" Suction Cup
  • (1) Torx T10 driver
  • (1) 21.5" iMac Adhesive tape set for proper display resealing
  • (1) Nylon Pry Tool (Spudger)
  • (1) OWC Screen Removal Tool
  • (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

1 Year OWC Enclosure Limited Warranty

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 3 out of 3 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: billyork23
Rating: 5/5 Easy install - easy speed improvement March 27, 2017 I had an existing Time Machine backup so this upgrade was rather easy for me. I upgraded the RAM at the same time so the process - not including Time Machine restore - took less than 2 hours.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from DIY Kit for 2012 or later 21.5" iMac's factory HDD: 1.0TB OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSD.. Customer Videos:

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: deans2delhi
Rating: 4/5 deans February 21, 2017 Great quality will definitely buy again

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from DIY Kit for 2012 or later 21.5" iMac's factory HDD: 480GB OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSD.. Customer Videos:

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Krish Location: New Bombay, India Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Easy Upgrade. February 15, 2017 I was scared initially to open up my new 4K iMac. But once I started I was surprised how easy it was and the entire process of swapping the hard drive to SSD was simple and was done in 20 mins. SSD makes a ton of difference to the system performance and would advise anyone to swap it if they bought a mechanical hdd equipped Mac.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from DIY Kit for 2012 or later 21.5" iMac's factory HDD: 240GB OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSD.. Customer Videos:

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: GeorgeKY Location: Somerset KY Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 iMac like a rocket now February 1, 2017 I wanted to take the time to come and write a review of my recent purchase and self installation of a SSD drive in my 21.5" late 2013 iMac. From the product selection process on OWC's website helping me locate my exact SSD to the shipping video replacement guide and former HD (1TB) content migration, all went fantastic. My wife was always complaining about the spinning beachball she would endure. This has been completely eliminated. The machine has become a pleasure to work on now. If you value your time, I highly recommend an upgrade from ordinary HD's to SSD. Thank you Other World Computing!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from DIY Kit for 2012 or later 21.5" iMac's factory HDD: 480GB OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSD.. Customer Videos:

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: jh27 Location: Surrey, BC Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Everything needed for the job December 8, 2016 This package made it easy to switch out my HD. With the online instructional video, I had no problems. Everything went smooth and works like a dream.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from DIY Kit for 2012 or later 21.5" iMac's factory HDD: 1.0TB OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSD.. Customer Videos:

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: 4jwd Location: Roanoke Valley, Virginia Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 One Great SSD..! December 6, 2016 Adding the Mercury Electra 1.0 Tg. SSD was the best upgrade for my iMac. It has greatly enhanced the speed and response of the computer..!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from DIY Kit for 2012 or later 21.5" iMac's factory HDD: 1.0TB OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSD.. Customer Videos:

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: mrbilky Location: Philadelphia PA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent service, top notch instructions! December 4, 2016 My iMac became painfully slow boot up and getting the spinning ball of death all the time watched the video on this installation it was very intuitive and took the plunge my iMac is like new and very snappy - tripled my read/write speeds, don't be afraid of this upgrade very easy took 20 minutes and most of that was peeling off the old adhesive. Oh and don't panic if you misplace a strip or two of new adhesive the kit provides extras!

This review is from DIY Kit for 2012 or later 21.5" iMac's factory HDD: 480GB OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSD.. Customer Videos:

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: enplaned Location: Ithaca, NY Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Worked like a charm September 6, 2016 Successfully upgraded HDD to an SSD in my parents' iMac, radically improving its speed/response. OWC made it do-able, if not exactly easy. Watched the videos many,many times, and took great care at all times and it all worked out. It is not for the faint of heart, but it was less of a big deal than I expected.

They will get another five years out of the iMac, I bet.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from DIY Kit for 2012 or later 21.5" iMac's factory HDD: 240GB OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSD.. Customer Videos:

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Texas Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great SSD July 8, 2016 My factory installed hard drive began to fail on my iMac after only two years. After viewing the OWC video on replacing it, I decided to try to replace it. Everything worked as advertised and now I have an iMac that is working better than ever.

Having a 1Tb internal hard drive fail has caused me to keep all important files on an external drive and backup everything.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from DIY Kit for 2012 or later 21.5" iMac's factory HDD: 240GB OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSD..

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