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and HDD Kit for all 2006 - early 2009 iMacs

Mercury Electra SSD and iMac HDD Kit
Upgrade with Confidence!
The complete solution for your 2006 - early 2009 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 lightning fast data transfer speeds.
Fast and reliable solid-state storage
Delivering the latest in flash NAND and controller technology, utilizing QLC and 3D NAND for long-lasting, power-efficient performance, the OWC Mercury 6G SSD line offers a powerful combination of performance and reliability for demanding everyday computer users.
Maintains highest performance while offering ultimate convenience
The NewerTech AdaptaDrive has been benchmark test proven to deliver the same data transfer rates as is experienced when a drive is connected directly to the SATA data bus. The AdaptaDrive doesn't create a bottleneck or any performance throttling...it delivers pure data pass-through performance and drive use convenience from any 2.5" SATA 1.5Gb/s, 3Gb/s, or 6Gb/s hard drive or SSD.

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:


Phison PS3112-S12 with 3% over-provisioning
NAND Flash Components
Micron Synchronous Quad-Level Cell (QLC) 3D NAND Flash
Form Factor
Standard 7mm 2.5"
SATA 6.0 Gb/s
Capacity 1
466GB Useable Capacity
Total Flash Memory Components: 512GB
12GB Allocated to real-time data redundancy and error correction
Formatted Capacity1
466 GiB
RAID Support
SMART Attributes
Standard 2
Native Command Queuing
Up to 32 simultaneous commands
RoHS Compliant
Reach Certification


Height (max)
0.7 cm (0.3 in))
Width (max)
7.0 cm (2.8 in)
Length (max)
10.0 cm (3.9 in)


MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures)
1,600,000 hours
Secure Erase
Crypto Erase
Error Correction
Built-in ECC
TRIM Support
OS Dependent
50TB total bytes written (TBW), equal to 28 GB per day for 5 years
Nonrecoverable Read Errors
Less than 1 sector per 1016 bits read


Mac OS Compatibility
PC OS Compatibility
Other Requirements
Requires a Mac, PC, or drive enclosure with an available SATA drive bay. SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) required for best performance.


Sequential Read (Max)
Up to 525 MB/s
Sequential Write (Max)
Up to 516 MB/s
Sequential Read (Average)
514 MB/s
Sequential Write (Average)
509 MB/s


Write Mode (Max)
Up to 1.8 Watts
Seek Mode (Max)
Up to 1.8 Watts
Idle Mode (Max)
Up to 0.09 Watts

Environmental (Operating)

1500 G max at 0.5 ms
Temperature (°F)
32°F to 158°F
Temperature (°C)
0°C to 70°C
5% to 95% non-condensing

Environmental (Non-Operating)

1500 G max at 0.5 ms
Temperature (°F)
-40°F to 185°F
Temperature (°C)
-40°C to 85°C
0% to 93% non-condensing


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. 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.

AdaptaDrive Specifications:

NewerTech Part Number


Drive Inteface

  • Fully SATA Revision 3.0 (6Gb/s) compatible
  • SATA Revision 2.0 (3Gb/s) and 1.0 (1.5Gb/s) compatible

Drive Supported

  • (1) 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s drive


  • Black painted Aluminum


  • Height: 0.4 in (1.0 cm)
  • Width: 4.0 in (10.2 cm)
  • Length: 5.8 in (14.7 cm)

Weight (Without Drives

  • 3.5 oz (99.2 g)
Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n KITIM05HE500 UPC#: 812437025699


24" (all) iMac Install Video

20" iMac (early 2009) Install Video

20" iMac (mid 2007 / early 2008) Install Video

This product is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
iMac Intel
iMac (24-inch Early 2009)
(March 2009)
Model ID: iMac9,1
2.66GHz, 2.93GHz, 3.06GHz
SSD Compatiblity Note
iMac Intel
iMac (20-inch Mid 2009)
(April 2009)
Model ID: iMac9,1
2.0GHz, 2.26GHz
SSD Compatiblity Note
iMac Intel
iMac (24-inch Early 2008)
(April 2008)
Model ID: iMac8,1
2.8GHz, 3.06GHz
iMac Intel
iMac (20-inch Early 2008)
(April 2008)
Model ID: iMac8,1
2.4GHz, 2.66GHz
iMac Intel
iMac (24-inch Mid 2007)
(August 2007)
Model ID: iMac7,1
2.4GHz, 2.8GHz
iMac Intel
iMac (24-inch Late 2006)
(September 2006)
Model ID: iMac6,1
2.16GHz, 2.33
iMac Intel
iMac (20-inch Late 2006)
(September 2006)
Model ID: iMac5,1
2.16GHz, 2.33GHz
iMac Intel
iMac (17-inch Late 2006)
(September, 2006)
Model ID: iMac5,1
2.0GHz, 2.16GHz
iMac Intel
iMac (20-inch Early 2006)
(January 2006)
Model ID: iMac4,1


  • (1) OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD
  • (1) AdaptaDrive 2.5" to 3.5" Drive Converter Bracket
  • (2) OWC 2-1/4" Suction Cup
  • (1) Torx T8 driver
  • (1) Torx T6 driver
  • (1) Phillips #00 driver
  • (1) Nylon Pry Tool (Spudger)
  • (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.


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

5 Year NewerTech Product Limited Warranty on the NewerTech AdaptaDrive

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 4.5 / 5 2 out of 2 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Maclovr
Rating: 5/5 Great Product July 4, 2018 Couldn't have don it without this kit!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from DIY Kit for 2006 - early 2009 iMac's factory HDD: 250GB OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSD.. Customer Videos:

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: RobE
Rating: 5/5 Was great March 1, 2017 It worked perfectly to open the iMac and the SSD upgrade fit like a charm and speeded things up.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from DIY Kit for 2006 - early 2009 iMac's factory HDD: 240GB OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSD.. Customer Videos:

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Ontario, Canada Age: 25-34 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Breath of new live into an aging iMac April 26, 2016 Overall, this kit works exactly as advertised. The performance of the SSD is great, and the retaining bracket works really well. I did not require the suction cups for the LCD display, I was able to lift it out from the corners, but I think they would have some value in other models. The plastic "spudger" piece could have been constructed with a more durable plastic. The screwdrivers worked quite well and will use them again.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from DIY Kit for 2006 - early 2009 iMac's factory HDD: 240GB OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSD..

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