My old workhorse 17" MacBook Pro (circa 2011) finally gave up the ghost after 8 years of reliable service (may it rest in peace), and I'm looking into a 27" iMac to replace it.
I want to buy the high-end model iMac with the fusion drive and make the following upgrades:
- Replace the 128GB SSD with a 1 or 2TB SSD.
- Replace the 3TB spinning HDD with the largest SATA drive that will physically fit inside the case (hopefully a 12 or 16TB drive - I need lots of storage).
- Ditch the Fusion Drive setup in favor of two independently formatted internal drives.
I understand that this is complicated surgery for this model and I have the skills necessary to perform the work. But since my previous machine is so old, I am a bit out of the loop on newer Apple hardware. I know that Apple was using proprietary connectors for their SSDs a few years ago (they were first to market with PCIe-based SSDs before the NVMe spec was finalized in the PC world).
So my question is, does the onboard PCIe SSD connector on the 2019 27" model conform to one of the industry standard M.2 form factors, or does Apple still use their own proprietary blade-style SSD connectors?
Also as a bonus, what is the maximum height clearance for the 3.5" SATA hard drive bay?