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Old Jan 8th, 2013, 10:53 PM   #21
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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?
The ifixit site provided will give a list of the tools and suff you need. And for the needed suction cup suggestions, some of the larger suction cups that your local Dollar Den store carries will often work.

Your SL install will work, but you may have to start over to get your Lion OS X suff installed and moved back with migration assistant etc.

Too late now, but a very good reason to have had a CCC or SD boot backup clone available, and in probably 40 minutes max. you could be running from the recreated backup with the new HDD.

Your iMac is too old I believe to use the OS X Lion Internet install method, and using any command+R startup routine.
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Old Jan 8th, 2013, 11:13 PM   #22
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Plastic ice cube trays work well for the screws. Just use a different compartment for each step - and remember where you started! (or mark it as #1) Then just use them in order in reverse when reassembling.

I've taken apart the original iMacs - those weren't easy and you had to be careful not to zap yourself on the CRT. At least you don't have to worry about that with the LCD iMacs, not that they look easy either. Let us know how you do - and don't spill that beer!
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Old Jan 8th, 2013, 11:39 PM   #23
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Keep beer, wine and all drinks, kids, cats and anything that can disrupt the HD replacement well clear of the work area!! Trust me on this!! And use only a smooth, flat, padded and protected work surface area.

PS: Use some Scotch or masking tape to keep the EFI shield ends taped back and out of the way, especially for when doing any reassembly.
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Old Jan 9th, 2013, 05:13 PM   #24
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Just use external

I've been using an external firewire drive for over 2 years now (2006 iMac) with no problems. I wouldn't spend the money to have an external put into an old machine. Using an external FW drive is cheap, easy and it works fine.
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Plastic ice cube trays work well for the screws. Just use a different compartment for each step - and remember where you started! (or mark it as #1) Then just use them in order in reverse when reassembling.
I used a piece of heavy paper or cardboard that represented the iMac and as I took each screw out I stuck it in the paper at about the same location as it was in the iMac. No screws go missing and no mixing up 2 screws of slightly different lengths.
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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!!
3 Screws and remove the back? Easiest iMac to repair... EVER! (unless you need to replace the LCD and it doesn't have iSight, but, that's no different from the first gen Intel iMacs.)

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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?
Boot FROM the SL disk or the Time Machine backup and select Restore From Time Machine, it will restore everything, including your OS.

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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.
This machine has Ultra ATA for the ODD connector, not SATA.

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I've been using an external firewire drive for over 2 years now (2006 iMac) with no problems. I wouldn't spend the money to have an external put into an old machine. Using an external FW drive is cheap, easy and it works fine.
Bad idea, as the dead/dying drive inside can continue to draw resources and slow the machine down and adversely effect performance.
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"Bad idea, as the dead/dying drive inside can continue to draw resources and slow the machine down and adversely effect performance."

Is this your theory or have you had actual experience? My internal HD is dead and my performance on benchmark with an external HD is the same as spec. I've had now issues; it is a quick, easy and cheap fix. That's not theory!
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"Bad idea, as the dead/dying drive inside can continue to draw resources and slow the machine down and adversely effect performance."

Is this your theory or have you had actual experience? My internal HD is dead and my performance on benchmark with an external HD is the same as spec. I've had now issues; it is a quick, easy and cheap fix. That's not theory!
Professional experience, multiple machines (dozens?).

If the internal is dead, dead, DEAD, there shouldn't be an issue, but if the internal is failed or failing and is still connected to the controller, there are issues.
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Professional experience, multiple machines (dozens?).

If the internal is dead, dead, DEAD, there shouldn't be an issue, but if the internal is failed or failing and is still connected to the controller, there are issues.
i would say "can be" issues, but yes...tons.

sudden shutdown, applications hanging, hanging on boot, hanging on shutdown, refusal to sleep, trouble selecting the good external volume as an option at boot. the list is long and distinguished.
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It makes sense to start with the easiest and work from there. If the external HD idea doesn't work for you, then you can use it as a backup/clone. If it does work, you've saved money, time and won't face problems while putting your machine back together again. I had this question 2 or 3 years ago when my internal HD was going: i looked for solutions in this forum and other sites and was relieved to see the external solution.
I've NOT seen the "tons of problems" mentioned in the two years since I cloned to an external firewire drive and made it my boot drive. Start easy and work from there...forget all this FUD; start easy and cheap. I'm assuming you just want a machine that works. I did the same for my disc burner--bought an external...it works better than the original internal one did!
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