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Apple iMac 21.5" 14,1 A1418 Core i5 2.7Ghz 8GB 1TB El Capitan OS £365.59 at ITZOO
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Apple iMac 21.5" 14,1 A1418 Core i5 2.7Ghz 8GB 1TB El Capitan OS £365.59 at ITZOO

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Posted 28th Oct
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So it's a 6 year old pc? Seems expensive.
absulute201228/10/2019 12:10

So it's a 6 year old pc? Seems expensive.


Yeah 6 years. Without an SSD it will also feel like a 6 year old computer.
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Ive had a quick look at this op, i can't seem to find the year? Any ideas? Many Thanks...
Late 2013
So it's a 6 year old pc? Seems expensive.
absulute201228/10/2019 12:10

So it's a 6 year old pc? Seems expensive.


Yeah 6 years. Without an SSD it will also feel like a 6 year old computer.
Not sure if it would update to the new MacOS: Catalina
I have the same model that I bought from new. Just retro fitted a 1tb ssd it’s like a new machine now operating on Sierra. Does seem expensive though.
robertjreed28/10/2019 12:21

Not sure if it would update to the new MacOS: Catalina



One things for sure: you don't want to install Calatina on it!
jezwillmar28/10/2019 12:25

I have the same model that I bought from new. Just retro fitted a 1tb ssd …I have the same model that I bought from new. Just retro fitted a 1tb ssd it’s like a new machine now operating on Sierra. Does seem expensive though.


How did you do the retrofit?

I have been looking to do the same but i see you need to be able to trick the Hd’s heat gauge

Thanks
dustiebin28/10/2019 12:31

How did you do the retrofit?I have been looking to do the same but i see …How did you do the retrofit?I have been looking to do the same but i see you need to be able to trick the Hd’s heat gaugeThanks


It was really easy on mine. The screen cover is magnetic. There’s some great tutorials on you tube. My HD was corrupted so had to clone it differently. I downloaded a free software to change the fan settings. Tried the expensive temp probe but it didn’t work due to the newer SSD’s providing a temp signal.
jezwillmar28/10/2019 12:34

It was really easy on mine. The screen cover is magnetic. There’s some g …It was really easy on mine. The screen cover is magnetic. There’s some great tutorials on you tube. My HD was corrupted so had to clone it differently. I downloaded a free software to change the fan settings. Tried the expensive temp probe but it didn’t work due to the newer SSD’s providing a temp signal.



This ssd. I waited for eBay to have 10% off.

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This caddy as the ssd is smaller

Sabrent 2.5" SSD & SATA Hard... amazon.co.uk/dp/B00UN550AC?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

This cable to copy the hard drive

EkoBuy® USB 3.0 to 2.5 inch SATA... amazon.co.uk/dp/B01EQ7PNZY?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share



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What I did was connect the ssd to my Mac. Go into purchase history in App Store and download Sierra to the new ssd. Then boot up the Mac in recovery (power up holding Apple button and r) then set up new ssd with time machine back up. Then it’s a straight swap.
Edited by: "jezwillmar" 28th Oct
jezwillmar28/10/2019 12:34

It was really easy on mine. The screen cover is magnetic. There’s some g …It was really easy on mine. The screen cover is magnetic. There’s some great tutorials on you tube. My HD was corrupted so had to clone it differently. I downloaded a free software to change the fan settings. Tried the expensive temp probe but it didn’t work due to the newer SSD’s providing a temp signal.


No it isn't, it's glued shut on the 2012 onwards models and needs a specialist 'pizza cutter' tool to get it open without cutting important cables. 2011 backwards was magnetic and far easier to service. This information you've provided is for older machines and not relevant to this iMac at all.
plewis0028/10/2019 12:55

No it isn't, it's glued shut on the 2012 onwards models and needs a …No it isn't, it's glued shut on the 2012 onwards models and needs a specialist 'pizza cutter' tool to get it open without cutting important cables. 2011 backwards was magnetic and far easier to service. This information you've provided is for older machines and not relevant to this iMac at all.


Ah yeah you’re right mine is earlier. Mid 2010. I did find a few videos though showing how to cut the sealant. Didn’t look too tricky.
jezwillmar28/10/2019 12:58

Ah yeah you’re right mine is earlier. Mid 2010. I did find a few videos t …Ah yeah you’re right mine is earlier. Mid 2010. I did find a few videos though showing how to cut the sealant. Didn’t look too tricky.


If you cut too deep you can ruin the machine, you risk getting dust inside and it's hard to get back together afterwards - doesn't just push back on like yours. Apple don't like making it easy... that's why the 2010 and 2011 models still sell well. It's a shame as it's a really nice bit of engineering otherwise, despite the anti-consumer design.
Run the OS from a USB external SSD...have run quite a few imacs that way.
If you look around, you can pick up the 27-inch model from 2011/2012 for a similar price privately or from several other IT-clearance houses on the 'Bay. I've seen some with 16GB/ 2TB go for around the same price. This model has a gorgeous 1440p LG screen.A friend of mine managed to nab a 16GB/1TB one when the ebay site-wide 20% off was around, paid less than £350 delivered and it's an awesome machine now running Sierra.

ITZoo are of course one of the best re-sellers around, so I've heated this one.
plewis0028/10/2019 13:05

If you cut too deep you can ruin the machine, you risk getting dust inside …If you cut too deep you can ruin the machine, you risk getting dust inside and it's hard to get back together afterwards - doesn't just push back on like yours. Apple don't like making it easy... that's why the 2010 and 2011 models still sell well. It's a shame as it's a really nice bit of engineering otherwise, despite the anti-consumer design.


I’ve just replaced drive in mine, 27” 2013.
No pizza cutter required, it was a doddle just using a blade set to a short length, believe they say no longer than 8mm.
Replacement sticky strips from eBay.
It was easy, even for me not having done one before.
DubDriver28/10/2019 15:46

I’ve just replaced drive in mine, 27” 2013.No pizza cutter required, it was …I’ve just replaced drive in mine, 27” 2013.No pizza cutter required, it was a doddle just using a blade set to a short length, believe they say no longer than 8mm.Replacement sticky strips from eBay.It was easy, even for me not having done one before.


The 27" is easier and also has the memory access door. I didn't say it was impossible, it's just extremely anti-consumer and imagine slipping and going too deep - that's why it's advised you have a pizza cutter tool. You can replace the adhesive after but it's another thing so it's not as simple as with the older ones. There are often many ways of tackling a task but it's complicated with the newer iMacs just because that's how they made them - why not stick with magnetic pads? Literally no excuse.
Up to what year did Apple start fluffing about with these newer (and now more common) anti-consumer iMac model's then?.

After their 2013 model? (so the 2014 was the first one that disallowed manyyyyyy thing's?).

Or after their 2014 model? (or whatever?).

Which version/year was their last actual usable iMac before alllllll these deliberate/drastic 'design changes' of theirs, etc etc etc?.

Thanx.
amour3k28/10/2019 16:04

Up to what year did Apple start fluffing about with these newer (and now …Up to what year did Apple start fluffing about with these newer (and now more common) anti-consumer iMac model's then?.After their 2013 model? (so the 2014 was the first one that disallowed manyyyyyy thing's?).Or after their 2014 model? (or whatever?).Which version/year was their last actual usable iMac before alllllll these deliberate/drastic 'design changes' of theirs, etc etc etc?.Thanx.


2012 I think, when they went for that 5mm thick design (which seems a bit disingenuous when it's the edge that's 5mm thick, if you made it knife-edge sharp is it less than 1mm now ).

The 27" 2012 onwards at least have a memory access door, the 21.5" needed total disassembly to access that. 2011 and before was the unibody models with the magnetic glass on the front (you can tell because the glass goes to the edges on 3 sides) and then 2008 and before that too (where the glass doesn't touch the outer edge).
plewis0028/10/2019 16:15

2012 I think, when they went for that 5mm thick design (which seems a bit …2012 I think, when they went for that 5mm thick design (which seems a bit disingenuous when it's the edge that's 5mm thick, if you made it knife-edge sharp is it less than 1mm now ).The 27" 2012 onwards at least have a memory access door, the 21.5" needed total disassembly to access that. 2011 and before was the unibody models with the magnetic glass on the front (you can tell because the glass goes to the edges on 3 sides) and then 2008 and before that too (where the glass doesn't touch the outer edge).


So, it's pretty much moreso a case of looking out for the 2011 versions of the iMac's then, etc?, fair enough ...

Thanx.
jezwillmar28/10/2019 12:25

I have the same model that I bought from new. Just retro fitted a 1tb ssd …I have the same model that I bought from new. Just retro fitted a 1tb ssd it’s like a new machine now operating on Sierra. Does seem expensive though.


Was it really difficult to fit? I’d be worried about cracking the screen.
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