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Old Jan 8th, 2013, 01:31 PM   #11
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The new iMacs look pretty nice. But I'm mostly using the iMac as a home theatre machine.

One pet peeve of mine is that I can't control the sound output through software. That is, I have to physically plug and unplug the optical audio cable to make the sound go through my home theatre receiver or my internal iMac speakers. If the new iMac allows you to control that through software, I'd buy it.

Anyways I bought the 1TB drive so I'm going to dive in either tonight or tomorrow. Better pick up some more beer.
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Old Jan 8th, 2013, 02:25 PM   #12
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Go for the beer. Just dont be like my neighbor who spilled her chicken soup inside her HP. She got quoted 1200 to recover 750gb of needed stuff. Ive done it once or twice. Not to hard if you have the right tools and time, patience.
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Old Jan 8th, 2013, 03:14 PM   #13
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First Gen. Intel iMac Hard Drive Replacement, Part 1 - YouTube

This video makes it look easy, but it took me almost an hour to get it apart lol.

Before you undertake this, I'd source some EMF shielding tape and make sure you have some good magnetic mini screwdrivers, the four screws that hold in the display are recessed about a 2 cm.
If it is a 2007 iMac, that is not the same as the one in the video.




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One pet peeve of mine is that I can't control the sound output through software. That is, I have to physically plug and unplug the optical audio cable to make the sound go through my home theatre receiver or my internal iMac speakers. If the new iMac allows you to control that through software, I'd buy it.

Cheap pair of USB speakers and you would be able to choose which Audio output you wanted in System Preferences.
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The new iMacs look pretty nice. But I'm mostly using the iMac as a home theatre machine.

One pet peeve of mine is that I can't control the sound output through software. That is, I have to physically plug and unplug the optical audio cable to make the sound go through my home theatre receiver or my internal iMac speakers. If the new iMac allows you to control that through software, I'd buy it.

Anyways I bought the 1TB drive so I'm going to dive in either tonight or tomorrow. Better pick up some more beer.
Edit: Ok I just took a look at iFixit I would certainly find it worth it to pay someone to do that.
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Old Jan 8th, 2013, 03:32 PM   #15
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http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/librar...879-771434.pdf
you get a WD black drive for $100 1TB and pay some one $120
then that buys you a couple of years to decide
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Old Jan 8th, 2013, 04:54 PM   #16
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Actually the HD replacement isn't too bad with those iMacs and a heck of a lot easier than the white G5 iMacs, they are a real PITA!!

I find that ifixit is the best site for the steps, and I'd suggest using some masking tape or a post-it note and write the step number on it and then put the screws from that step number in it and in the order of removal. Especially when some screws are of different length.

iMac Intel 20" EMC 2133 and 2210 Repair Manual - iFixit for your iMac model.
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The new iMacs look pretty nice. But I'm mostly using the iMac as a home theatre machine.

One pet peeve of mine is that I can't control the sound output through software. That is, I have to physically plug and unplug the optical audio cable to make the sound go through my home theatre receiver or my internal iMac speakers. If the new iMac allows you to control that through software, I'd buy it.
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Use an Airport Express hooked up to your audio setup and an Apple Remote control, or if you have a Logitech Harmony Remote, you can set it up to control the sound level from your iMac.

We have such a setup but the Logitech Harmony Remote is configured to also control our Yahama audio amplifier receiver, and it works well.
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Before I start, I want to make sure I have everything.

The only install disk I have is Snow Leopard. I confirmed that it does boot up the iMac. However, I had Lion on the iMac and that's what's on the full backup (Time Machine).

Can I install with the Snow Leopard disk then restore from Time Machine?
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Whoops, I thought the 2007 iMacs were still white.

That video doesn't look too bad. I'd say it'd take you 90 minutes to do the job.

If you want to give new life to your computer and don't need the optical disk drive anymore, replace that with an SSD, your iMac will fly.
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Old Jan 8th, 2013, 09:24 PM   #20
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I swapped out my HD in a 24" iMac a few years back. Did it in about 45 minutes. Saved time by just propping up the screen instead of totally removing it.

If you want the REALLY easy way of solving this, use an external Firewire 800 drive and boot from that. Forget the internal drive.

I use SuperDuper to make bootable backups. When my iMac HD died, I booted off the backup drive and was back up in running in a few minutes and I ran with that for days until I had a new drive and time to install it.
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