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Old Sep 28th, 2006, 12:54 AM   #1
 
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iMac Intel internal Hard Drive changeable?

Thinking of replacing the 160G sata to a bigger one, say 750G Seagate, wiould it work? I don't like Apple's 500G, just not big enough.
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Old Sep 28th, 2006, 01:03 AM   #2
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It's not easy, and it's not exactly hard. Would take about 15-20 minutes to do. When removing the back, be careful of the tabs, as if they are broken then it won't sit properly. The new drive MUST be a 3.5" SATA drive.
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Would there be any issues on formatting the drives? and How would I transfer from the old drive to new installed bigger drive. Sata to USB2/Firewire?
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JC - I think you are confusing the G5 iMacs ( pre iSight ) with the current models. The back is not removable on the current models - will void your warranty is not for the faint of heart - even the techs don't like them.
They access from the front.

http://www.kodawarisan.com/imac_intel/imac_intel01.html



Buy an external drive - be happy.

The pre iSight were very easy tho the drive mounting set up was annoying for the number of different screw types/hex etc involved.

This is entry from the back on the G5 pre iSight models and indeed the tabs needed to be settled properly





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Old Sep 28th, 2006, 08:17 AM   #5
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Macdoc is right. These are no fun. We had someone crack their LCD when trying to open it on their own.

You also have to remove the heat sensor from the old drive and attach it to the new one. Some stick right on, some don't.

For these systems, external is safest way to go
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JC - I think you are confusing the G5 iMacs ( pre iSight ) with the current models. The back is not removable on the current models - will void your warranty is not for the faint of heart - even the techs don't like them.
They access from the front.
Whoops.... It was late when I posted that
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Old Sep 28th, 2006, 09:30 AM   #7
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I would also say go external. Better to have that for back-up as well.

You DO back-up, don't you?
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Yeah, I go agree that external is the only logical choice, but what if it happened.... would there be any heat issues, or would it mount properly? I have read elsewhere that OSX 10.4 needs some special boot sector/header/apple firmware to prevent non Apple authroized hardware to be used, anyone know about this?
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Old Sep 28th, 2006, 10:15 AM   #9
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Arrow iMac24 internals easy to access

Well it looks like the 24" iMac internals may actually be accessible by mere mortals after all (see here for an inside peek of the iMac24), so perhaps an internal hard drive upgrade is possible. I wonder how this would affect one's warranty?
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Wow. As the posters on that forum have said, brave soul to do that!!!
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