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Model A1224 / Mid 2009 / 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo processor / Education only model

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What parts are recommended for an upgrade?

I was gifted a mid 2009 20” iMac from my dad who is a teacher. I want to turn it into a storage system for our family photos and movies. I have tried updating the software but after failed attempts, I contacted Apple and they said it was not supported.

I then reached out to youtube and began watchin tons of online content for repairs and upgrades. I know that I can only upgrade the ram to (2) 4GB totaling 8GB. I thought about adding an SSD of at least 2GB but maybe 4GB. My questions are regarding what brand is recommended for the RAM upgrade, SSD add in, and should I upgrade the CPU or GPU ? Also, what or how can I update the OS so it’s running on a newer platform. I really only need iMovie to cut pics and videos but the one that is currently on it won’t work.

I won’t be doing any gaming whatsoever. I will surf the web some but not much. It really is just something I want to use to store pics and family videos and then maybe use iMovie to cut them into something I can share with my wife and kids.

Thank you for any help.

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On the apple website, I think there is a way to install older versions of macOS. For your specific iMac, I’d put macOS High Sierra or Sierra, which I think should work with your iMac.

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You have a few issues here upgrading the RAM to the max 8GB is as high as you can go, and OS-X El Capitan (10.11.6) is as high as this system will go as well. So that limits you on what apps you can run. Small iMovie projects is about the limit. Using your system to host your family pics is workable, but you don’t want to depend on the system drive alone you should have a backup solution just in case.

So that brings us to the last issue your drive upgrade. Your system uses an older version of SATA we call it SATA II (3.0 Gb/s), todays SATA interfaces are SATA III (6.0 Gb/s). So the drive you get needs to be able to run at the slower SATA data rate. Most drives today are fixed speed only able to run at SATA III. Some drives are able to run at the slower speed by matching the systems I/O ports speed (we call it Auto Sense Vs Fixed Speed). So what ever drive you get make sure the spec sheet calls out the slower SATA speeds. As an example: Samsung 870 EVO or 870 QVO SSD’s Note the Interface line lists 3.0 Gb/s (SATA II).

Here’s the guide to replace your current HDD with the SSD iMac Intel 20" EMC 2266更换硬盘指南

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