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2017 27″ Slow iMac SSD Upgrade


Common failure targeted with this 27" 2017 slow iMac caused by an HDD failure and needing an SSD upgrade to bring fresh live in not that old system.
2017 27" Slow iMac SSD Upgrade

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Therefore, it should be used as general guidance on what to expect from such repairs.

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2017 24" Slow iMac SSD Upgrade
2017 27″ Slow iMac SSD Upgrade

Why do iMacs become slow?

A common occurrence in our Mac Service Centre in Adelaide is cases where Mac works extremely slow.

Especially models before 2019, which rely on a Fusion Drive. These drives are a unique blend that uses the old Mechanical Drive technology and a small SSD used as a Flash Memory for caching purposes.

Fusion Drive technology is explained.

Although considerably fast enough, the mechanical part of these fusion drives inevitably fails. Once they fail, we start feeling the whole operating system of the iMac running slow and moody.

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2017 27″ Slow iMac SSD Upgrade due to a spinning wheel

At times it may not load up the iMac application. At other times there might be a ghost window that will become unresponsive, and the only way to revive it would be to quit the application.

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2017 27″ Slow iMac SSD Upgrade due to a ghost window

Ah, not to mention the rainbow spinning wheel of annoyance. We all know it. It just won’t stop spinning the minute you need the Mac most.

2017 27″ Slow iMac Dissasembly Process

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2017 27″ Slow iMac SSD Upgrade by removing the glued-in LCD Screen

There is one solution for such failure, and it is a Slow iMac SSD Upgrade.

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Slicing open 2017 27″ Slow iMac SSD for an Upgrade

Any other Repairs on these iMacs, such as RAM upgrades, System Updates or a Software Reinstall, are ineffective. And sooner or later, we end up with an SSD upgrade. Or even worse, believing Apple that the iMac is slow because it’s old and we need to buy a new $2.5k iMac.

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Inside of a 2017 27″ Slow iMac

Slow iMac – Service Needed

These iMacs are unnecessarily thin, which causes a plethora of problems with all devices these days. One prominent failure, though, is the Fusion drive. It is caused by the excessive dust collected inside. This dust within the iMac blocks and clogs up the cooling system causing it to overheat.

2017 24" Slow iMac SSD Upgrade
2017 27″ Slow iMac SSD Upgrade

When we look closely at the iMac design, which came @ITSolve.Repairs with slow running system and dire need of a solution, we can see the dust collected within the past 3-4 years.

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2017 27″ Slow iMac Single cooling fan system

Additionally, all iMacs later than 2012 now have only one cooling fan, compared to 3 fans in the previous models. They even had a dedicated fan to keep those models’ hard drives cool.

Adding on top of that is the ineffective low RPM set on these fans, which is below 1000rpm 90% of the time, no wonder these drives fail sooner than later.

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Servicing 2017 27″ Slow iMac SSD Upgrade

Looking at the inhaling ports of the iMac while we are servicing it, we can see how much dust has clogged up the air intake. This drastically reduces the airflow causing severe overheating issues.

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Clogged up air intake on 2017 27″ Slow iMac for an SSD Upgrade

2017 27″ Slow iMac Upgrade with an SSD

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Fully serviced 2017 27″ Slow iMac ready for an SSD Upgrade

Clearly, there is a visible difference between serviced and an unserviced iMac!

The next step would be to replace this slow drive with a high-quality snappy SSD.

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High-quality SSD ready to replace 2017 24″ Slow iMac drive

Due to customer budget constraints and the lack of need to use 1TB of space on this iMac, we opted out for a half-size storage upgrade.

Fitting new SSD required us to use HDD brackets because SSDs have different form factors than HDDs. This was not an issue, as we have all parts needed in our Adelaide workshop to complete this job within a day or two.

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Slow iMac fitted with an SSD Upgrade.

Fitted with a new SSD, this 27″ iMac is ready to be assembled and installed with a fresh operating system.

Completing slow iMac SSD upgrade

Due to the glue used to secure this Screen, instead of screws, we had to glue back the Screen to the base so we would not change the characteristics and beauty of this gorgeous 2017 model iMac.

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Assembling the iMac by gluing the Screen

Once assembled, the only step left is to install a fresh compatible operating system on this iMac fitted with a new SSD drive in our Adelaide IT-Solve workshop.

We put a note here on a compatible operating system. This is because we have noticed that the latest operating systems work drastically slow on a 2year or older Macs and iPhones. Intentionally or not, they drastically slow down the performance of these systems by providing no security or functionality gains in return. Makes us question all planned obsolescence engineering designs again.

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Successful Slow iMac SSD Upgrade

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Do you need this Repair in Adelaide?

If your Macbook or Laptop is causing trouble and you need a Laptop & Macbook Repair Service in Adelaide, give us a call, and we will advise on the best scenario to get your Device repaired.

We at IT-Solve, specialise in Mac, Laptops and Electronics Repairs. We will do our best to repair your Device quickly without involving high costs and long waiting times in Repair shops. Our average repair takes under a week!

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Repaired, not Replaced!

We are committed to reducing e-waste in Australia. We do it by educating our customers on the reparability and longevity of their devices, as well as providing affordable Laptop and Macbook Repairs here in Adelaide.
Although our best intentions and hard work, this is not an easy task. Customers must accept that cost of high-quality electronic repairs is between a third and half of the price of a new device. However, with the current trend of planned obsolescence in electronic design, we see more and more Laptops having shorter lifespans. To tackle that, while we do our repairs, we target common planned obsolescence engineering design mistakes to ensure we extend the life expectancy of the Laptops we Repair. Check some of our Repair Cases to get an idea of the process.

That said, if we buy a new one or write it off via insurance, it does not guarantee that the new one will not meet the same fate as the older one pretty soon.

Quite often, we see accidents reoccurring within less than 2-year gaps. So if we can save 2000$ or even 1000$ today by repairing our faulty Laptop or Macbook is brilliant. That’s an extra half cost of a Device, ready to be spent on another one. If the time comes or our need for performance changes.
When that time comes is up to us to buy a new one or keep pushing the one we have, but delaying it by a year or three is always a good starting point and saves another abandoned Laptop or Macbook from polluting our only Planet.

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