Cheap Way to Add SSD to 2011 iMac

I have a 2011 iMac which is chugging along still.
I don’t use it for much and the 26” screen is good for Netflix.
Thinking to the future I was thinking of replacing the hard drive with a solid state drive rather than replace the unit.
I don’t really want to spend too much on this as it’s an old machine. I don’t really think I’m up to a DIY job on an iMac.
Looking for suggestions for cheap parts and labour for this? Or any other suggestions :)


  • adding ssd is hard, but replacing with ssd is easy, go DIY.

    • Do you mean replacing the HDD with an SSD is easy but adding an SSD while keeping the HDD installed is hard?

      • By adding you need to make room for the the extra drive and also need access to the extra port. Replacing is easy as you use a 3.5 to 2.5 adapter.

  • It's actually not too hard to replace the HDD with an SSD.

    Check out iFixit.

  • I'm also thinking about doing this on my Wife''s old iMac. I'll check out iFixit.

  • Thanks guys, I'll check out DIY.

  • Not sure how you went with this OP. I recently added an SSD as the boot drive to a 2012 imac via the usb2.0 and it's significantly faster.

    It was a bit of process as I attempted to use the thunderbolt 2 connection but that didn't pan out.