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I recently was able to install an SSD in my 2011 27" iMac with the 3.1 GHZ i5. I did not do the BTO SSD and when I got in the machine, there were no mounting points for the SSD under the optical drive. However, SSDs are not heavy areand are very thermally efficient so I was not concerned about using some good velcro to mount the drive under the optical drive. I got the power/data cable from my local college mac store. They are an Apple authorized repair center and are able to order parts. They were also able to order the mounting hardware but, again, there were no mounting point for the screws inside. I paid $25 for the parts, $200 for the 128 GB Crucial M4, and $10 for suction cups. Many tutorials show that the entire logic board must come out, but I was able to loosen all the screws and lift it away from the chassis to insert the SSD cable without actually removing the board. Be sure to line up the USB/thunderbolt ports on the back when reassembling so everything fits. It ishas been installed for three weeks now and is working great. I used the Lion migration assistant to move all applications from the existing HD to the new SSD. In the user preferences, you can control + click the user name and reassign the user folder to the SSDHD so large folders like movies, pictures, and music will remain on the HD and the operating system and applications will be on the SSD. Be careful not to rename the HD after doing this or you will not be able to log in with that user.

== Update ==

I apologize for the typos in my previous answer. I have the operating system on the SSD and the user folder on the HD. The movies, pictures, and music are all on the HD. By using the SSD for the OS and moving the user folder to the HD, all operating files and the application folder will remain on The SSD.
I recently was able to install an SSD in my 2011 27" iMac with the 3.1 GHZ i5. I did not do the BTO SSD and when I got in the machine, there were no mounting points for the SSD under the optical drive. However, SSDs are not heavy areand are very thermally efficient so I was not concerned about using some good velcro to mount the drive under the optical drive. I got the power/data cable from my local college mac store. They are an Apple authorized repair center and are able to order parts. They were also able to order the mounting hardware but, again, there were no mounting point for the screws inside. I paid $25 for the parts, $200 for the 128 GB Crucial M4, and $10 for suction cups. Many tutorials show that the entire logic board must come out, but I was able to loosen all the screws and lift it away from the chassis to insert the SSD cable without actually removing the board. Be sure to line up the USB/thunderbolt ports on the back when reassembling so everything fits. It ishas been installed for three weeks now and is working great. I used the Lion migration assistant to move all applications from the existing HD to the new SSD. In the user preferences, you can control + click the user name and reassign the user folder to the SSDHD so large folders like movies, pictures, and music will remain on the HD and the operating system and applications will be on the SSD. Be careful not to rename the HD after doing this or you will not be able to log in with that user.

== Update ==

I apologize for the typos in my previous answer. I have the operating system on the SSD and the user folder on the HD. The movies, pictures, and music are all on the HD. By using the SSD for the OS and moving the user folder to the HD, all operating files and the application folder will remain on The SSD.

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I recently was able to install an SSD in my 2011 27" iMac with the 3.1 GHZ i5. I did not do the BTO SSD and when I got in the machine, there waswere no mounting points for the SSD under the optical drive. However, SSDs are not heavy are are very thermally efficient so I was not concerned about using some good velcro to mount the drive under the optical drive. I got the power/data cable from my local college mac store. They are an Apple authorized repair center and are able to order parts. They were also able to order the mounting hardware but, again, there were no mounting point for the screws inside. I paid $25 for the parts, $200 for the 128 GB Crucial M4, and $10 for suction cups. Many tutorials show that the entire logic board must come out, but I was able to loosen all the screws and lift it away from the chassis to insert the SSD cable without actually removing the board. Be sure to line up the USB/thunderbolt ports on the back when reassembling so everything fits. It is been installed for three weeks now and is working great. I used the Lion migration assistant to move all applications from the existing HD to the new SSD. In the user preferences, you can control + click the user name and reassign the user folder to the SSD so large folders like movies, pictures, and music will remain on the HD and the operating system and applications will be on the SSD. Be careful not to rename the HD after doing this or you will not be able to log in with that user.
I recently was able to install an SSD in my 2011 27" iMac with the 3.1 GHZ i5. I did not do the BTO SSD and when I got in the machine, there waswere no mounting points for the SSD under the optical drive. However, SSDs are not heavy are are very thermally efficient so I was not concerned about using some good velcro to mount the drive under the optical drive. I got the power/data cable from my local college mac store. They are an Apple authorized repair center and are able to order parts. They were also able to order the mounting hardware but, again, there were no mounting point for the screws inside. I paid $25 for the parts, $200 for the 128 GB Crucial M4, and $10 for suction cups. Many tutorials show that the entire logic board must come out, but I was able to loosen all the screws and lift it away from the chassis to insert the SSD cable without actually removing the board. Be sure to line up the USB/thunderbolt ports on the back when reassembling so everything fits. It is been installed for three weeks now and is working great. I used the Lion migration assistant to move all applications from the existing HD to the new SSD. In the user preferences, you can control + click the user name and reassign the user folder to the SSD so large folders like movies, pictures, and music will remain on the HD and the operating system and applications will be on the SSD. Be careful not to rename the HD after doing this or you will not be able to log in with that user.

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I recently was able to install an SSD in my 2011 27" iMac with the 3.1 GHZ i5.  I did not do the BTO SSD and when I got in the machine, there was no mounting points for the SSD under the optical drive.  However, SSDs are not heavy are are very thermally efficient so I was not concerned about using some good velcro to mount the drive under the optical drive.  I got the power/data cable from my local college mac store.  They are an Apple authorized repair center and are able to order parts.  They were also able to order the mounting hardware but, again, there were no mounting point for the screws inside.  I paid $25 for the parts, $200 for the 128 GB Crucial M4, and $10 for suction cups.  Many tutorials show that the entire logic board must come out, but I was able to loosen all the screws and lift it away from the chassis to insert the SSD cable without actually removing the board.  Be sure to line up the USB/thunderbolt ports on the back when reassembling so everything fits.  It is been installed for three weeks now and is working great.  I used the Lion migration assistant to move all applications from the existing HD to the new SSD.  In the user preferences, you can control + click the user name and reassign the user folder to the SSD so large folders like movies, pictures, and music will remain on the HD and the operating system and applications will be on the SSD.  Be careful not to rename the HD after doing this or you will not be able to log in with that user.

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