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iMac Intel 27" EMC 2390 SSD Dual Drive Installation

Replace the optical drive with an SSD in your iMac Intel 27" EMC 2390.

  • Author: CMatarin
  • Time estimate: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Looking for a the kind of speeds that you can only get with a solid state drive, but don't want to give up that 1TB of storage in your 2010 27" iMac? Look no further! This guide will show you how to install a secondary hard drive inside your 27" iMac EMC 2390.

Step 1 Glass Panel  ¶ 

Image 1/3: To attach the suction cups, first position the suction cup with the movable handle parallel to the face of the glass panel (as highlighted in the first and second picture). Image 2/3: While lightly holding the suction cup against the glass, raise the movable handle until it is parallel with the other handle (as highlighted by the third picture). Image 3/3: If your suction cups refuse to stick, try cleaning both the glass panel and the suction cup with a mild solvent.

Step 1 Glass Panel  ¶ 

  • Stick a suction cup near each of the two top corners of the glass panel.

  • To attach the suction cups, first position the suction cup with the movable handle parallel to the face of the glass panel (as highlighted in the first and second picture).

  • While lightly holding the suction cup against the glass, raise the movable handle until it is parallel with the other handle (as highlighted by the third picture).

  • If your suction cups refuse to stick, try cleaning both the glass panel and the suction cup with a mild solvent.

Step 2  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Pull the glass panel away from the lower edge of the iMac and carefully set it aside. Image 2/3: During reinstallation, be sure to meticulously clean the inside of the glass panel and the face of the LCD as any dust or fingerprints trapped inside will be annoyingly visible when the machine is turned on. Image 3/3: During reinstallation, be sure to meticulously clean the inside of the glass panel and the face of the LCD as any dust or fingerprints trapped inside will be annoyingly visible when the machine is turned on.

Step 2  ¶ 

  • Gently lift the glass panel perpendicular to the face of the LCD enough to clear the steel mounting pins attached along the underside of the top edge of the glass panel.

  • Pull the glass panel away from the lower edge of the iMac and carefully set it aside.

  • During reinstallation, be sure to meticulously clean the inside of the glass panel and the face of the LCD as any dust or fingerprints trapped inside will be annoyingly visible when the machine is turned on.

Step 3 Display  ¶ 

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Step 3 Display  ¶ 

  • Remove the eight T10 Torx screws securing the LCD to the outer case.

Step 4  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Due to tight tolerances, you will have to use a thin hooked tool to lift the display out of the outer case. As seen in the third picture, we made one out of a bent paperclip. Image 2/3: Use a thin hooked tool to lift one side of the top edge of the display by its steel outer frame. Image 3/3: After lifting the top edge of the display on one side, hold it out of the outer case while you use a hooked tool to lift the other side.

Step 4  ¶ 

  • Carefully lay the iMac stand-side down on a flat surface.

  • Due to tight tolerances, you will have to use a thin hooked tool to lift the display out of the outer case. As seen in the third picture, we made one out of a bent paperclip.

  • Use a thin hooked tool to lift one side of the top edge of the display by its steel outer frame.

  • After lifting the top edge of the display on one side, hold it out of the outer case while you use a hooked tool to lift the other side.

  • Do not lift the top edge of the display out of the outer case too far, as several short ribbon cables still connect the two components.

Step 5  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Be sure to pull the connector parallel to the LED driver board, straight out of its socket. Image 2/2: Be sure to pull the connector parallel to the LED driver board, straight out of its socket.

Step 5  ¶ 

  • Using your fingers, carefully pull the vertical sync cable out of its socket on the LED driver board near the top left corner of your iMac.

    • Be sure to pull the connector parallel to the LED driver board, straight out of its socket.

Step 6  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Pull the display data cable connector away from its socket on the logic board.

Step 6  ¶ 

  • Squeeze the two display data cable connector arms together to unlock it from its socket on the logic board.

  • Pull the display data cable connector away from its socket on the logic board.

Step 7  ¶ 

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Step 7  ¶ 

  • Rotate the display out of the outer case enough to disconnect the LED backlight power cable from the LED driver board.

Step 8  ¶ 

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Step 8  ¶ 

  • Lift the display for enough clearance to disconnect the LCD thermal sensor cable connector from its socket on the logic board.

Step 9  ¶ 

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Step 9  ¶ 

  • Carefully pull the display toward the top edge of your iMac and lift it out of the outer case.

Step 10 Optical Drive  ¶ 

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Step 10 Optical Drive  ¶ 

  • Remove the four T10 Torx screws securing the optical drive to the outer case.

Step 11  ¶ 

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Step 11  ¶ 

  • Pull the optical drive thermal sensor connector straight away from its socket on the logic board.

Step 12  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Twist the spudger to slightly separate the optical drive connector from the optical drive, then use your fingers to pull the connector away from the drive. Image 2/2: Twist the spudger to slightly separate the optical drive connector from the optical drive, then use your fingers to pull the connector away from the drive.

Step 12  ¶ 

  • Insert a spudger between the optical drive connector and the optical drive.

  • Twist the spudger to slightly separate the optical drive connector from the optical drive, then use your fingers to pull the connector away from the drive.

Step 13  ¶ 

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Step 13  ¶ 

  • Lift the left edge of the optical drive slightly and pull it away from the right side of the outer case.

Step 14 Optical Drive Fan  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Disconnect the optical drive fan by pulling its connector away from the socket on the logic board.

Step 14 Optical Drive Fan  ¶ 

  • Carefully move the audio ribbon cable to reveal the optical drive fan connector hidden underneath.

  • Disconnect the optical drive fan by pulling its connector away from the socket on the logic board.

Step 15  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Pull the optical drive fan away from the outer case to lift it off the three plastic posts around its perimeter. Image 2/2: Carefully maneuver the optical drive fan out of the iMac, minding any cables that may get caught.

Step 15  ¶ 

  • Remove the single T10 Torx screw securing the optical drive fan to the outer case.

  • Pull the optical drive fan away from the outer case to lift it off the three plastic posts around its perimeter.

  • Carefully maneuver the optical drive fan out of the iMac, minding any cables that may get caught.

Step 16 SSD Dual Drive Installation  ¶ 

Image 1/3: SD card reader Image 2/3: Rear I/O board Image 3/3: Left and Right Speakers

Step 16 SSD Dual Drive Installation  ¶ 

  • Using your fingernails or the flat end of a spudger, remove the three connectors from the right side of the logic board.

    • SD card reader

    • Rear I/O board

    • Left and Right Speakers

Step 17  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Skin Temperature Image 2/3: Hard Drive Temperature Image 3/3: Hard Drive Fan

Step 17  ¶ 

  • Remove the six parallel connectors from the top of the logic board using your fingernails, pulling parallel to the logic board.

    • Skin Temperature

    • Hard Drive Temperature

    • Hard Drive Fan

    • Camera

    • Bluetooth

    • Ambient Temperature Sensor

  • Remove the airport cable from the logic board by prying straight up with a spudger.

Step 18  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Power Button

Step 18  ¶ 

  • In the same manner described above, use your fingernails to remove the two cable connectors from the left side if the logic board.

    • Power Button

    • CPU Fan

Step 19  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Carefully pull the IR sensor board straight up, out of the iMac. Image 2/2: Carefully pull the IR sensor board straight up, out of the iMac.

Step 19  ¶ 

  • In the same manner described above, remove the IR sensor board cable from its socket on the logic board.

  • Carefully pull the IR sensor board straight up, out of the iMac.

Step 20  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Four 25 mm screws

Step 20  ¶ 

  • Remove the following eight T10 Torx screws securing the logic board to the iMac:

    • Four 25 mm screws

    • Two 21.4 mm screws

    • One 7.2 mm screws

    • One 9.3 mm screws

Step 21  ¶ 

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Step 21  ¶ 

  • Using the flat end of a spudger, remove the SATA power cable from its socket on the hard drive.

Step 22  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Do not try to completely remove the logic board. It is still attached by several cables on the back side. Image 2/2: Carefully lean the logic board against the front of the iMac, so that it is leaning out of the iMac.

Step 22  ¶ 

  • Simultaneously lift and rotate the logic board out of the iMac.

    • Do not try to completely remove the logic board. It is still attached by several cables on the back side.

  • Carefully lean the logic board against the front of the iMac, so that it is leaning out of the iMac.

Step 23  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Plug one of the branches into the hard drive. Image 2/2: The cable is shaped so that it can only be attached in a certain orientation. Do not try to force the cable onto the hard drive.

Step 23  ¶ 

  • Attach the male junction of the SATA power splitter to the original hard drive power cable.

  • Plug one of the branches into the hard drive.

    • The cable is shaped so that it can only be attached in a certain orientation. Do not try to force the cable onto the hard drive.

Step 24  ¶ 

Image 1/2: There is a cutaway in the plastic near the optical drive frame. Route the power cable through this cutaway. Image 2/2: There is a cutaway in the plastic near the optical drive frame. Route the power cable through this cutaway.

Step 24  ¶ 

  • Carefully route the other branch of the SATA power splitter underneath the GPU heat sink.

  • There is a cutaway in the plastic near the optical drive frame. Route the power cable through this cutaway.

Step 25  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Connect the straight end of the SATA data cable to the secondary SATA data socket on the logic board. Image 2/2: In order to properly route the cable through the iMac, bend the SATA data cable to the right, as close to the connector as possible.

Step 25  ¶ 

  • Carefully lean the logic board forward enough to access the rear side.

  • Connect the straight end of the SATA data cable to the secondary SATA data socket on the logic board.

  • In order to properly route the cable through the iMac, bend the SATA data cable to the right, as close to the connector as possible.

Step 26  ¶ 

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Step 26  ¶ 

  • Ease the logic board back into the iMac, routing the SATA data cable underneath the optical drive mount peg.

Step 27  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Peel the backing off one side of the double sided tape. Image 2/2: Press the exposed adhesive side of the double sided tape to the corner of the SSD.

Step 27  ¶ 

  • To secure your new drive in your iMac, you will need to place high strength double-sided tape at the four corners on the side of the drive with the drive information

  • Peel the backing off one side of the double sided tape.

  • Press the exposed adhesive side of the double sided tape to the corner of the SSD.

  • Repeat the above process for the remaining 3 corners.

  • Do not yet remove the backing from the other side of the adhesive.

Step 28  ¶ 

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Step 28  ¶ 

  • Making sure to not strain any of the cables, connect the SATA power and SATA data cables to the secondary hard drive.

Step 29  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Holding the secondary drive in place with one hand, re-insert the optical drive fan, making sure that the data cable is routed correctly. Image 2/2: Holding the secondary drive in place with one hand, re-insert the optical drive fan, making sure that the data cable is routed correctly.

Step 29  ¶ 

  • When re-installing the optical drive fan, route the SATA data cable underneath the cutout in the fan frame.

  • Holding the secondary drive in place with one hand, re-insert the optical drive fan, making sure that the data cable is routed correctly.

Step 30  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Double-check that the SATA power cables are not being pinched by the heat sink frame, and that all five wires are above the plastic frame. Image 2/3: Carefully re-seat the logic board all the way back into the iMac, making sure that none of the connectors get trapped underneath. Image 3/3: Carefully re-seat the logic board all the way back into the iMac, making sure that none of the connectors get trapped underneath.

Step 30  ¶ 

  • Make sure that the secondary drive can sit snugly against the aluminum frame, adjusting the logic board and cables as necessary.

  • Double-check that the SATA power cables are not being pinched by the heat sink frame, and that all five wires are above the plastic frame.

  • Carefully re-seat the logic board all the way back into the iMac, making sure that none of the connectors get trapped underneath.

Step 31  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Turn the secondary drive back over and press it firmly against the aluminum frame of the iMac. Image 2/2: Turn the secondary drive back over and press it firmly against the aluminum frame of the iMac.

Step 31  ¶ 

  • When you are satisfied with the cable and logic board placement, carefully turn the secondary drive over and remove the backing from the adhesive pads.

  • Turn the secondary drive back over and press it firmly against the aluminum frame of the iMac.

Conclusion

To re-assemble your device, follow these directions in reverse order starting at step 20

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