27″ iMac 2009 flies with a 1TB SSD and 32GB RAM upgrade

In 2010, the late 2009 model quad-core 2.66GHz iMac with its large 27.1″ screen and 1TB 7200rpm hard drive was mind-blowing. And extremely helpful for tired eyes managing multiple windows. After half a decade, it seemed to slow to a crawl. In preparation for some intense use, it has been given a new lease of life with a long-awaited upgrade!

Shopping at OWC last week procured a 1TB SSD hardisk and 32GB of RAM. I paid close attention to the installation videos which had served me well when upgrading the Mac Book Air’s battery. And indeed, the process of replacing the hardisk and RAM ran smooth.

There were just two hiccups – the very strong magnets along the screen perimeter kept displacing the last eight screws. Eventually a tweezer was brandished and forced the screws to align, solving that problem. Then a missing Phillips #2 screwdriver threatened to upset the RAM installation but my handy bike tool came to the rescue!

It was nice to see some clean insides this time, because the cats can’t perch on top of this machine, and it was free of the heat-producing harassment of fur which peppered the Mac Book Air’s innards.

After six and a half years, it’s great to see the iMac experience a second wind. The old hardisk will continue its long life as an external drive once enclosed in a 3.5″ case, and the RAM will be recycled though OWC.

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