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HD replacement in an iMac.....don't try this at home?
Posted by: dad@home
Date: November 07, 2012 01:43PM
Hard disk in my 2007 24" iMac is toast. (I think the 5400rpm drive is running at 33 1/3)

The iFixit instructions don't look too hard.

I'm pretty handy... have made a hackintosh, replaced a mobo in a Macbook Pro, put together a plug in hybrid Prius but I am scared of ruining the glass or LCD when I pull it apart.

Any words of wisdom from those that do this for a living?

Thanks

John



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Re: HD replacement in an iMac.....don't try this at home?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: November 07, 2012 01:57PM
A shot of good single malt scotch before you start to steady your nerves...



Sometimes it is what it is...
and then there's times when it's really better.



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Re: HD replacement in an iMac.....don't try this at home?
Posted by: decay
Date: November 07, 2012 02:03PM
take your time, and you should be OK.



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Re: HD replacement in an iMac.....don't try this at home?
Posted by: hal
Date: November 07, 2012 02:07PM
The glass is the hardest part...

Get suction cups and remove and place in a safe, perfectly clean spot. I set it on edge with the cups still attached and lean it against a wall so that what I look though isn't touching any surface.

If dust settles on the inside, I'd blow it away with canned air.

Just follow every step carefully and it's not that bad of a job.
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Re: HD replacement in an iMac.....don't try this at home?
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: November 07, 2012 02:21PM
It was daunting, if I'm remembering the right model. But it's quite do-able.



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Re: HD replacement in an iMac.....don't try this at home?
Posted by: zero
Date: November 07, 2012 02:50PM
There is a video on OWCs site.
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Re: HD replacement in an iMac.....don't try this at home?
Posted by: dad@home
Date: November 07, 2012 02:54PM
Thank you all


I'm gonna go for it!

(my wife will kill me if I screw it up....its her machine).

John



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So runs the world away
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Re: HD replacement in an iMac.....don't try this at home?
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: November 07, 2012 03:12PM
Just make sure to keep a firm grip on the screw driver and keep a finger between the screw and the screen. You don't want the bit to slip out and scratch the screen.



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Re: HD replacement in an iMac.....don't try this at home?
Posted by: Fred_Also
Date: November 07, 2012 04:08PM
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C(-)ris
Just make sure to keep a firm grip on the screw driver and keep a finger between the screw and the screen. You don't want the bit to slip out and scratch the screen.

Your finger will heal, the screen won't! :-)
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Re: HD replacement in an iMac.....don't try this at home?
Posted by: decay
Date: November 07, 2012 04:09PM
you could cover the LCD with oak-tag or thin cardboard if you want to protect it...



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Re: HD replacement in an iMac.....don't try this at home?
Posted by: MEG
Date: November 07, 2012 04:15PM
Take it easy, it's fairly simple on a 2007. Last time I did it it took 10 minutes. And follow C(-)ris' advice smiling smiley Other thing I'd add is do it in a dust free environment as possible and check the LCD screen and back of the glass screen for dust before put it back together.
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Re: HD replacement in an iMac.....don't try this at home?
Posted by: datbeme
Date: November 07, 2012 05:42PM
Removing the screen is truly the easiest part of the job. You don't need fancy suction cups, just a couple of of the small ones that come two to a pack for a dollar or two. I just leaned he screen against some sort of object on the dining room table (a big candle or a vase or something). But I did use a screwdriver to prop open the iMac kind of like the hood of a car.
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Re: HD replacement in an iMac.....don't try this at home?
Posted by: D. Lawson
Date: November 07, 2012 08:26PM
Agreed with all of the above. I upgraded the drive in my brother's a few years ago, and was shocked at how easy it was. The most shocking thing about it these days was getting a 2 TB drive for under $60, though.
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