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OWC Upgrade Service for 27-inch Apple iMac (2011)

Apple Model ID: iMac12,2

iMac (2011) Upgrade Service FAQs »

Select use of SATA 3.0 or 2.0 port for eSATA
All 2011 iMacs have a total of three SATA ports, two ports are higher performance SATA 3.0 6Gb/s (up to 600MB/s) and one is a high performance SATA 2.0 3Gb/s (300MB/s) port. This upgrade utilizes one of these internal ports to provide an eSATA (External SATA) port on your mid-2011 'Thunderbolt' iMac 27" system. Please select the which speed SATA port to assign to eSATA.
Config Notes: When SATA 3.0 6Gb/s is selected for eSATA, one SATA 3.0 6Gb/s and one SATA 2.0 3Gb/s port will remain for other drive(s) inside your iMac.

What we recommend:
If your iMac will ultimately have 1 or less internal 6Gb/s SSDs – we recommend enabling the benefit of SATA 3.0 6Gb/s for the eSATA port.
If your iMac will ultimately have 2 internal 6Gb/s SSDs – we highly recommend utilizing SATA 2.0 for the eSATA port and getting the full benefit 6Gb/s SSDs

Why we recommend this:
Today’s hard drives come no where near SATA 3.0 speeds and do not even maximize the capability of SATA 2.0. Apple’s Factory SSD is only a 3Gb/s SATA 2.0 device which receives no benefit when connected via a 6Gb/s capable SATA 3.0 port. By comparison, OWC 6Gb/s SSDs offer performance exceeding 500MB/s, taking exceptional advantage of a SATA 3.0 6Gb/s port, that would otherwise be restricted to a lower level of performance of less than 300MB/s when connected via SATA 2.0 3Gb/s port.
SSD Bay Drive Option
OWC is able to support up to two internal drives in addition to the eSATA port standard with this upgrade. Please make the appropriate selection for the SSD Bay drive location.
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Note: If option of 'No Drive in SSD Bay' is selected and you have an Apple Factory SSD (or other drive) currently present in this SSD bay, the drive will be removed from the iMac and returned with your upgraded system. If you currently have an SSD in this bay and one of the available OWC SSD options are selected, any pre-existing drive will be removed will be returned with your upgraded system.

IMPORTANT (eSATA Program only): The built-in Apple SDHC Card Reader must be disabled for a drive to be supported in the SSD Bay. For Apple SSD present or OWC 6Gb/s SSD options, an OWC 68-in-1 Media Reader/Writer (USB 2.0 External) is provided as part of this program upgrade. The OWC Reader supports the same SD Slot functionality as well as additional media card types including Compact Flash, SmartMedia, MMC, and more.
 Upgrade/Replace Existing 3.5" Hard Drive
Upgrade/Replace the Existing Drive in your iMac's 3.5-inch Drive Bay
Replace the existing factory or self-upgraded hard drive in your iMac's 3.5-inch drive bay with your choice of OWC Mercury Electra 6Gb/s solid-state drive or 3.5-inch hard drive. OWC Mercury Electra SSDs offer instant data response and sustained data rates exceeding 500MB/s for absolutely incredible performance that takes your iMac to brand new heights.
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If an HDD or SSD is selected for this bay, we will return the original drive to you with your upgraded iMac.
Add up to 16GB of memory
Add up to 32GB of memory to your Apple iMac
Your memory upgrade will be added to your iMac's existing memory, unless the memory upgrade you select requires the use of memory slots that are already occupied. With two and/or four modules installed, configurations of 4GB, 8GB, 12GB,16GB, 24GB and 32GB are supported for your iMac. If memory needs to be removed for your memory upgrade, an OWC representative will contact you with options to either return the removed memory, or submit the memory for cash back via an OWC Trade-in Rebate.
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Select the Warranty Coverage for Your Enhanced iMac Solution:
OWC will assist/fulfill the iMac factory warranty, as well parts and labor, for all OWC installed enhancements. The warranty term start date is based on the serial number of your iMac, and the Apple recorded date of sale for the machine upgraded.
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OWC Shipping
Shipping your iMac to OWC for the Upgrade Program
Please select an OWC Pickup Label provided service option:
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Please note:
OWC requires that the mailing label used to send in your iMac includes an attention line referencing the OWC service reference number. An OWC representative will contact you to provide the service reference number and your label (if requested) within 24-48 hours. Once we have received your iMac, please allow 1-3 days to complete the upgrade process.

There is a $25 cancelation fee for any iMac Upgrade service canceled after payment has been received, but prior to upgrade work being performed. Once the upgrade has been performed, the service cannot be canceled so take one more moment to review your upgrade options.

Any items ordered along with this iMac upgrade will be held on order until the upgraded iMac is available to ship. If there are items you would like to receive prior to the availability of your upgraded iMac, you will need to place a separate order for those items.

If you have questions about the Turnkey iMac Upgrade Service, please check our extensive FAQs:

Also, you may view the entire Terms of Service of the Turnkey iMac Upgrade Service here to further address any other questions.

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