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Which is better for iMac mid 2010, SSD as internal drive or SSD via DVD drive bay ?

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Hi Linus , 

I've an iMac mid 2010 21.5 Inch. I'm trying to upgrade the internal hard drive to SSD.
But there are 2 options here:
1) I can replace the internal hard disk with a SSD but since Apple Hard disks have a thermal sensor.

     So I'll need to buy a new cable which has inline thermal sensor , which is quite expensive
2) I can replace my dvd drive bay with an SSD holder. Its a straight forward process. I just have to buy a bay , connect the ssd and plugin in the cable and done.

    But since its a optical drive I'm not sure if my SSD will be utilised. 

 

Could you please help me figure out of which option is better ?
I would also like to here if there are any other option too.

 

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1) You should be able to peel off the thermal sensor and stick it onto the new drive.

 

2) Whichever is easiest, though IDK if it lets you boot from the DVD drive SATA port. 

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swapping for the ssd for the old hdd seems to be easier, at least I have heard people recommend it over swapping for the cd drive since it might lead to issues. I never knew those hdds had temp sensors though...

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11 minutes ago, Nicnac said:

swapping for the ssd for the old hdd seems to be easier, at least I have heard people recommend it over swapping for the cd drive since it might lead to issues. I never knew those hdds had temp sensors though...

pretty sure any drive with smart has temp sensors. 

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Just now, themctipers said:

pretty sure any drive with smart has temp sensors. 

Oh, I was just confused about an extra cable

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You should swap the internal hard drive for the SSD due to sometimes the internal drive having better data throughput than one in the optical drive bay even if they are the same spec SATA interfaces. As for the thermal sensor just peel it off and place it on the SSD. The SSD in the Optical drive bay will not lead to any problems except not being able to use the "DVD Player" application even with an external DVD drive, however, you can still view a DVD through other applications such as "VLC".

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Thank you all for the input. I guess I'll stick on to swapping the internal drive instead of going for a dvd drive replacement.

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