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1.0TB Aura 6G Solid State Drive With complete DIY toolkit

for iMac (late 2012)
More Capacity, More Speed, More Performance
  • Add a high-performance OWC Aura 6G SSD to your iMac
  • Increase capacity and speed. Up to 1TB of 6G SSD performance
  • 3-year OWC SSD warranty
  • Backed by free DIY install videos and expert support
Upgrading your iMac with an OWC SSD is the performance pathway to a total system boost with Aura 6G for iMac. OWC provides Mac users with a complete upgrade solution that delivers higher performance and reliability. Create an ultra-fast SSD boot drive, add up to 1TB of extra capacity and get the most from your Mac. Aura SSDs are custom engineered for iMac, and add the flexibility to expand capabilities far beyond factory limitations.
Industry leading controller technologies deliver outstanding performance and reliability.
  • Aggressive data management keeps drives working at full potential even when full.
  • Hardware error correction yields superior data retention and drive health
  • Gold-standard compression and even data distribution maximizes write performance and drive endurance.
A True DIY upgrade
A comprehensive set of tools, with everything you need to install the Aura SSD, brings a complete diy upgrade within your reach. Includes drivers, screws, glass removal suction cups, and screen adhesive so you can get the job done yourself.
Better by Design
Aura 6G SSD for iMac is designed and built with premium tier-1 NAND flash and backed by a 3-year warranty. OWC SSDs are engineered to be the best for Mac, undergoing a rigorous 7- stage lab testing process to deliver absolute reliability at maximum performance long into the future.

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.

The OWC Aura™ SSD is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
iMac Intel
iMac (27-inch Late 2012)
(October 2012)
Model ID: iMac13,2
2.9GHz, 3.2GHz, 3.4GHz i7
iMac Intel
iMac (21.5-inch Late 2012)
(October 2012)
Model ID: iMac13,1
2.9GHz, 3.1GHz
iMac Intel
NOT COMPATIBLE
iMac (21.5-inch Late 2012)
(October 2012)
Model ID: iMac13,1
2.7GHz

Includes

Aura 6G Solid State Drive includes
  • (1) Aura 6G SSD for iMac (late 2012)
  • (2) OWC 2-1/4" Suction Cup
  • (1) Torx T25 driver
  • (1) Torx T10 driver
  • (1) Torx T8 driver
  • (1) Torx T6 driver
  • (1) Phillips #1 driver
  • (1) Nylon Pry Tool (Spudger)
  • (1) OWC Screen Removal Tool
  • (1) 27" iMac Adhesive tape set for proper display resealing
  • (1) 21.5" iMac Adhesive tape set for proper display resealing
  • (1) OWC Blue Microfiber Screen 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.

1.0TB Aura™ SSD 6G Specifications:

Specifications

Capacity1
Useable: 960GB
Formatted: 894GB
Controller
Silicon Motion SM2246EN Processor
NAND Flash Components
Tier 1 Asynchronous MLC NAND Flash Storage
Interface
iMac 2012
Format
Unformatted
Performance
Peak Data Rate: 560MB/s Read and 460MB/s Write
I/O Per Second (IOPS)
Random 4KB: Up to 74,000 IOPS
Protection2
7% Over Provisioning
ECC Recovery: Up to 66 bytes correctable per 1024-byte sector
Nonrecoverable Read Errors: Less than 1 sector per 1016 bits read
Security
Chip Based Data Encryption: 256-bit AES-compliant
TRIM Support
OS Dependent
RoHS Compliant
Yes
SMART attributes
Standard
Latency
Read: less than 0.1 ms
Write: less than 0.1 ms

Operating Environment

Environmental (Operating)
Temperature (°F) 32° to 158°
Temperature (°C) 0° to 70°
Environmental (Non-Operating)
Temperature (°F) -40° to 185°
Temperature (°C) -40° to 85°

Warranty

3 Year OWC SSD Limited Warranty

View more information about the 3 Year OWC SSD Limited Warranty

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

  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. Specific application environments such as temperature and duty cycle will affect the overall reliability
Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n SSDIM12Y960 UPC#: 812437021875

Benchmarks

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Customer Ratings

Write a Review 5 / 5 6 out of 6 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: Kacper Location: Poland Age: 25-34 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great drive, great instruction video August 7, 2018 I am using it since two weeks now and I must say the different between HDD and SSD is colossal (the best way to make your iMac faster). The apps are starting like 10x times quicker, the same as the whole system. I do not know how I could work with HDD for so long...

I have an iMac late 2012 and i have upgraded my old configuration with this SSD using the OWC video instruction from youtube with no problem. I recommend it to everyone.

Also i would like to note that the shipment to Poland was very quick (5 days), and Customer Service was always helpful.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from DIY Kit: 1.0TB OWC Aura 6G Solid-State Drive for 2012-13 iMac. Customer Videos:

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Reviewer: BobBane Location: Bowie, MD Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Not easy, but worth it February 19, 2018 This install is definitely as complex as its warning implies - if you haven't done at least one non-trivial Mac upgrade in the past, this one should definitely scare you.

That said, if you are comfortable with hand tools and manipulating very small connectors, this kit will work for you. I used a piece of masking tape and a pair of forceps to handle the antenna connectors, but everything else I needed was in the kit.

The installation video steps you through the procedure at the right level of detail. I watched the whole 17-minute thing before I bought the kit, then again when the kit arrived, then again in 30-second spurts as I did the install. and never felt unsure.

I can think of two things that could improve it:

* Make it easy and obvious for people to download the installation video and use a local copy during the install. I had no troubles, but if there had been an internet outage while I was in mid-flight, I would have been really screwed. Unlike the Mac mini data doubler I also installed recently, there was no paper copy of the complete install in the kit.

* Come up with a way to test the install before closing the iMac with the double-stick tape. Powering a Mac on after an upgrade is always nerve-wracking - knowing that you can't just open it up and plug in that speaker cable you forgot is MUCH worse.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from DIY Kit: 500GB OWC Aura Pro 6G Solid-State Drive for 2012-13 iMac with complete DIY toolkit. Customer Videos:

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Reviewer: chud Location: Canada Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 awesome November 21, 2017 Easy to upgrade and it is very fast with the 16gig of ram. I wish I knew a year ago about OWC. The install was about 45 min.

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Reviewer: pemiller Location: APO, AE Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Super Fast Performance October 31, 2017 Excellent upgrade to a 13.1 iMac. Not a simple endeavor; requires very good mechanical, technical and computer skills. If you're not sure, let a pro perform the upgrade for you. It's worth it!!

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Reviewer: etsmedgas Age: 25-34 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Great Product! May 25, 2017 Great great great great product. It has literally everything you'll need to deal with Apple's ridiculousness. Trust me, you'll need these tools.

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Reviewer: Quintus Location: Ontario
Rating: 5/5 WOW - Amazing Upgrade May 17, 2017 I will never ever purchase a computer with a hard drive ever again. I thought my iMac (late 2012) was pretty much done as they were "supposedly" not upgradable. Thanks primarily to some Mac forums, I discovered OWC. With the help of their excellent kit and how to videos, I was able to upgrade the hard drive to an SSD and double the RAM memory on my 2012 iMac and it now runs like never before. This is how the iMac should have run when originally purchased. Love the upgrade and even though it is identified as "difficult", I had no problems following the step-by-step instructions. Even removing the screen worked out exactly as described.

My only word of caution to anyone doing this themselves is to make sure that the screen is "fully" presssed into the bottom of the frame before you begin to lower it onto the 3M adhesive. Unfortunately, there is a very small corner of the screen which was not pushed in entirely on my iMac and it left a small crevice between the screen and the frame. No one would notice it really but I know that it is there and I'm just giving everyone a "head's up" to pay attention when replacing the screen onto the iMac's frame.

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Reviewer: Jason5750 Location: Valdosta, GA Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Monumental Improvement April 20, 2017 Recently installed this 240GB Aura 6G in a 21.5" iMac that is used as a daily driver by the admin in a local church. Between this mod, and maxing out the RAM with (2) 8GB sticks from OWC, this thing breathes fire (relatively speaking). The machine went from 1 minute boot times and mediocre system performance...to a mouthful of industrial-grade pop-rocks. Man...zap, ping, bang. Just awesome.

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Reviewer: Archaic Location: Williamsburg, VA Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Ain't easy to install - but works just fine January 4, 2017 My SSD drive in my iMac recently died so I ordered one of OWC SSDs. To get to the SSD drive, almost all the guts of the iMac need to be removed. Installation went O.K. with the help of the OWC video and written instructions. The new OWC SSD (the smallest available) had about twice the capacity of the Apple drive and was a bit thicker. I put the iMac back together and held the screen on with masking tape while I started everything up to make sure it worked.

I was a bit concerned about recreating a fusion drive with the old HD and the new SSD. Again with instructions I found online (one set of instructions did not work - a bit worrisome when meddling in Terminal - where I seldom venture), I got the Fusion drive created.

The masking tape came off and I reattached the screen with appropriate adhesive strips. Restored the drive from a Superduper backup I had (but had to restore using the Restore function of Apple's Disk Utility - Superduper just would not restore - nor would Time Machine = scary) . And I afterwards discovered that I could not get my Microsoft Office 2011 to work - appears Office had a problem with fusion drives. Finally got that resolved.

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Reviewer: GMIV Location: Mexico City Age: 25-34 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Very good upgrade December 28, 2016 The installation is a challenge but once inside the flash storage works great

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Reviewer: c3nme Location: Omaha, NE Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 3x improvement in speed December 4, 2016 The 13,2 iMac that I installed this into had a standard 1TB spinning drive (Apple original) and I replaced it with the SSD card that hooks onto the motherboard. The kit came complete with all the items I needed to make the change. The trick is getting the glass back on and aligned as the adhesive is not forgiving. Aside from the glass being slightly askew, the video showed all the steps needed to change the drive out.

I installed the card, put the unit back together with painters tape to hold the glass, used SuperDuper! to clone the spinning drive over to the SSD and then opened the unit back up to pull out the SSD (storage capacity was not my issue).

After watching the video and using it to make sure the long screws go where they need to, the only change I made was how I marked where the antenna connections go (I marked with a Sharpie) the video was spot on. Hopefully this is fast enough to deal with the resource hog that Facebook has become.

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Reviewer: Bhelgeson Location: Oswego, Il
Rating: 5/5 Aura 6G Solid-State Drive - WOW! November 14, 2016 This is an amazing upgrade for the Late-2012 iMac. The tools worked like a champ and everything I needed was in one package. Use the install video and I was complete in about an hour taking my time.

Thank you, with this add on the iMac is better than new!

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Reviewer: Curryhouse Location: Newcastle, Australia Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great product for imac upgrade October 9, 2016 Ordered item was as per description on website. Installed following the DIY guides available on website. SSD drive has performed flawlessly following install and has improved performance of my iMac for home computing use.

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Reviewer: ibosto Location: Western Australia Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 1st Class in Every Way August 31, 2016 My iMac was in pieces and I decided to upgrade with and SSD. I was unsure which Kit to buy and the helpful staff were able to identify the correct one from my serial number. Once ordered the part was freighted super quickly to me in Australia and of course it worked perfectly! I did buy the kit with all the tools to remove the screen but as it was already apart (done by Apple Technician doing other work) I did not need to use them this time but I found the video of the install process invaluable. I can't believe how fast my iMac is now - Absolutely Massive improvement!

Highly Recommended.

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Reviewer: Benjamin Location: Suisun CA Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 awesome product August 5, 2016 this product worked exactly as ordered, i have a significant boost in efficiency and i am very happy with the kit. the video made installation super easy even for a non-experienced individual

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Nashville, TN Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 You got this... July 22, 2016 Can you follow detailed instructions? Do you have good listening skills? Can you be patient? Do you have small hands? (j/k my hands are big) Then you got this!

I debated for some time if I was the right man for this job. It turns out, i was. I followed the instructions step by step, I watch the full video at least twice, then stopped it step by step as I went along. The folks at OWC answered my pre-sales questions promptly and clearly. The SSD drive is fast. It boots in under 30secs and applications launch as soon as they are opened.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Works Great! Much cheaper than the alternatives July 20, 2016 Installed it in my 2012 iMac to be able to easily dual boot with windows and works awesome. Haven't had any issues. It's a small thing, but I was impressed with the included tools and proper screw for the application. They thought of everything that I needed. Thanks

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Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 5/5 Magical June 14, 2016 Exactly what I was expecting; but did not found neither thermal safe adhesive, nor guitar [ick, nor T6 Torx... Good to me I already had the full set before...

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Vera-Playa, Spain Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 OWC Aura 6G is really fast May 26, 2016 I am very happy with this upgrade.My 27'' iMac is really fast now.There is a huge difference between hdd and Aura 6G SSD. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone! Great job OWC

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: IL Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Easy upgrade March 6, 2016 If your not afraid to attack your computer, this is a simple upgrade that really packs a punch, especially in my late 2012 iMac. Removing the monitor was easier than i thought it would be and was actually what I would consider the most difficult part, not that it was hard, but it took a little time and my thumb kept cramping up on me. Once the monitor is off it's nothing but screws & connectors. Simple. I did have a moment of panic because there was no screw in the package with the drive so I wasn't sure what I was going to do. I went over to a laptop I have an started attacking it for a small screw to fit and found one - disaster averted. I also learned that I need to clean the vents on the bottom of the iMac a little more often powered it back on after it was all put back together, migrated my docs over and done. I went with the big drive because I don't want to buy another Mac for a while so I wanted to be able to stretch this one as long as possible. Now that it boots up in 30 seconds or so and flies when using it I can see this being good for some time to come. (side note= dropped an OWC SSD in my mid 2010 MBP and that thing flies too) I would recommend OWC drives & ram, never had any issues. Awesome way to bring my iMac back to life!!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Seville Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 The best way to improve my Late 2012 27'' iMac October 25, 2015 The product is exactly what you'd expect it to be. The tools too. The plus is not the video tutorials, which are great, but also the support. One person from OWC contacted me via email before the product arrived and helped me with the updating of my iMac and with the migration of the data.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Yorktown, VA Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Noob Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 A little nerve wracking but rewarding August 31, 2015 I was a little nervous about opening up my 21.5 inch iMac to put in a SSD but I'm glad I did. The videos from OWC were spot on and the tools did the trick. It was about a 2.5 hour job (as a novice) but when I fired it back up everything worked smoothly and my Mac runs much faster.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Works as described, well pleased with performance June 6, 2015 Followed video instructions methodically for a successful result, now up and running with significant gains in response/speed. Good value upgrade to a 2012 iMac 27".

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Norway Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Very Good June 4, 2015 This item is very good, I an using it in about one week, and it is excellent, my iMac is very quick now. I use it only for OS X, and the HDD for films and pictures. Thanks Very Much OWC. :-)

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