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How do I upgrade memory and storage?

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Feb 8, 2013 10:05 AM

I have an iMac 21.5 inch - Mid 2011. I only have 65 GB free out of 499 (mostly movies). My computer has been running pretty slow lately.


1. I'm looking into upgrade my memory to make it run faster? Can I do this from the online Apple store? Which product?

2. Am I able to add storage to my iMac? If so, can I do it from the online Apple store?


Thanks to anyone who can help.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,745 points)
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    Feb 8, 2013 11:30 AM (in response to Alex Smoot)

    Memory upgrade easy, disk upgrade much harder.


    First off don;t get your memory from Apple they are way overpriced. Go to OWC or Cruical for good service and fair prices.


    As for the disk, opening an iMac, is not for the faint of heart. The OWC site will have videos showing how its done and explaining the procedure. Remember if you open the iMac you may void your warranty.


    For an easier solution to the overcrowded disk just get an external drive.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,745 points)
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    Feb 8, 2013 3:36 PM (in response to Alex Smoot)

    I'm fairly confident enough buffering will take place in the software to allow good playback off a USB drive but best performance will be had if you use a FireWire drive.


    s for the memory both those sites have very good information regarding what memory you need for a particular mac. And the Cruical site has an app you can download that will scan your system and tell you what your memory options are.


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