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Model A1419 / Late 2013 / 3.2 & 3.4 GHz Core i5 or 3.5 GHz Core i7 Processor, ID iMac14,2

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Does 2013 iMacs without HDD BTO/CTO have 3.5" SATA bay?

I am considering the purchase of new 2013 Haswell iMac with SSD only. The reason being, Fusion Drive only gives you 128 GB of flash storage and it will be too small for my use and SSDs tends to per for better in lager capacities. If I purchase CTO iMac with only SSD, will it not have SATA connectivity at all? I want to be able to add my own 3TB HDD myself if possible.

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A little bit on Fusion drives: First there is a point the size of the SSD used in a Fusion drive setup becomes pointless. So creating a fusion drive setup lets say with a 1TB SSD with a 3TB would be useless. I think Apples choice of a 128GB SSD is about right for a fusion drive setup with any sized HD. OK, so you have a different opinion here. I wouldn't go any larger than 256GB. If you decide to do your own thing. Frankly, I like a straight dual drive setup for my self. My option on Fusion drives is waning. They do improve performance but they can be a bear when things go wrong.

As to the HD setup: Your system will have the needed logic for a HD but you will have an issue with the drive it's self as Apple has also altered things with the SATA connector it is now a unitized power & data connector so you will need to make sure your replacement drive works with this type of connector. As far as I know most of the newest versions do.

Lastly you still have the fan issue here as Apple uses some custom firmware on the HD to work with the internal thermal sensor. While it will be more expensive you'll want to get an Apple HD vs a stock drive. Unlike the older '11 model the cable harness is unitized as well so splicing in an external sensor maybe difficult (I haven't tried it yet). Using FanControl or other like software could be used but it does have its limitations as its dependent on hardware interrupts to access the SMART sensor. Some vendors had made compatible HD's for Apple systems but for some reason I can't find them on the open market so that option right now is not possible.

Bottom line here: I would stick with one of the Fusion drive setups if that is what you want.

Using a non-Apple HD as an add-on will have its issues. Also Apple uses a still different SSD in the newer iMacs which are not available on the open market yet and the custom Apple HD's that we did see available appear to have been removed from the market.

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