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Replacing my Mid 2011 iMac
Posted by: Don C
Date: November 13, 2019 01:55PM
The screen pixellation and all too frequent crashes of my Mid 2011 iMac are suggesting that I really need to get a new machine. There are some 2015 and 2017 used iMacs here at our sponsor and other outlets that are in my price window but I am not sure what to choose.

Considerations include these:
I am currently booting off a Firewire SSD. To continue using it I would need a Firewire port or a device that converts to the correct Thunderbolt port, if there is such a device. I suppose I don't HAVE to keep the FW drive. A TM backup is on a different USB external drive so I can move everything to the new internal; it's the principle of having a drive I cannot use!

I volunteer with a group the serves PTSD veterans requiring that I work with Excel files. I am using 2011which I share with others, so switching to one of the free alternatives is not an option.

(I mentioned the problems with this machine a while ago and cleaning out the dust was recommended. I have run compressed air through the top port several times; I am not sure that I have the interest or capacity to open it up. smcFanControl tells me it is running at 127ยบ)
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Re: Replacing my Mid 2011 iMac
Posted by: Gareth
Date: November 13, 2019 02:07PM
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Don C
I am currently booting off a Firewire SSD. To continue using it I would need a Firewire port or a device that converts to the correct Thunderbolt port, if there is such a device.

Pull the drive out of the Firewire case and drop it in a $10ish USB 3.0 case. You can adapt Thunderbolt to Firewire, but it's not worth the cost. (OWC dock comes to mind at $200+ new, they're still going for $130+ used now).
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Re: Replacing my Mid 2011 iMac
Posted by: jdc
Date: November 13, 2019 02:09PM
What was that budget?

If you pickup a new iMac with a Fusion drive, your external SSD would be unnecessary.

If you do decide to keep using your SSD as an external boot drive, you will want to put in into a USB 3 case and dump firewire. USB 3 is 5X the rated speed of even FW800.



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Re: Replacing my Mid 2011 iMac
Posted by: Don C
Date: November 13, 2019 02:15PM
Budget is around $1000.

Less is always nice.

edit: What is the last OS that lets me run 2011 Excel?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/13/2019 02:43PM by Don C.
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Re: Replacing my Mid 2011 iMac
Posted by: Gareth
Date: November 13, 2019 02:44PM
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Don C
edit: What is the last OS that lets me run 2011 Excel?

Mojave (10.14). Catalina will kill Excel 2011.
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Re: Replacing my Mid 2011 iMac
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: November 13, 2019 03:30PM
1. Maybe just copy the external to the new internal
2. Maybe copy the external to a new SSD external (if current external is not SSD)
3. Maybe move the HD in the current exernal to a new case that has Thunderbolt.
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Re: Replacing my Mid 2011 iMac
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: November 13, 2019 05:00PM
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Don C
Budget is around $1000.

Less is always nice.

edit: What is the last OS that lets me run 2011 Excel?

OS 10.12 (Sierra) runs Office Mac 2011 fine. I tried installing it on Mojave, but could not get MS to OK a license no.

/Mr Lynn

PS I bought my 2015 27" new iMac from Sixth Avenue two years ago (thanks to jdc) for $1,360 and it came with Sierra. Replaced my 2009, which my wife now uses (with SSD replacing HD).
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Re: Replacing my Mid 2011 iMac
Posted by: Cary
Date: November 14, 2019 05:23AM
Not sure why Excel 2011 is an issue. You can open, edit and save to 2011 compatible format with Office 2016, LibreOffice and otbers...
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Re: Replacing my Mid 2011 iMac
Posted by: Gareth
Date: November 14, 2019 08:59AM
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Cary
Not sure why Excel 2011 is an issue. You can open, edit and save to 2011 compatible format with Office 2016, LibreOffice and otbers...

Some of us use workbooks with macros that work best in 2011.
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Re: Replacing my Mid 2011 iMac
Posted by: Don C
Date: November 15, 2019 12:43AM
Sharing files with others so it needs to be Excel, not LibreOffice. I am already paying a Dropbox upgrade to store the files that we share; don't want to pay extra for Office 2016.

I will probably pull the SSD from its current enclosure and put it in a TB or USB-C enclosure. Going to wait a couple of weeks and see if there are Black Friday sales on both a used iMac (looking at a 2017 21.5") and enclosure.

Thanks all!
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