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iMac G5 Maximum Hard Drive
Posted by: MacMission
Date: August 04, 2007 05:35AM
Presently have an internal 500gig in my Dad's iMac G5 1.83ghz. Can he upgrade to a 750 gig or bigger?
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Re: iMac G5 Maximum Hard Drive
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: August 04, 2007 07:57AM
Yes, but it takes some work. The 2.0GHz iMac was the last of the Piece o'Cake iMacs regarding HD swaps.

There is a foil shield that needs to be carefully removed, and the HD is slightly buried under it and other stuff. I'd look online for a takeapart guide before trying in.

I don't know if heat is a problem for the 750G drives when used in an iMac. I've got a 250G drive in my 2.0, and I think I'll go miniStack and a larger drive.

Of course that plan is subject to change, depending on Tuesday's news.




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Re: iMac G5 Maximum Hard Drive
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: August 04, 2007 10:05AM
Umm..Ramdude, might you be mistaken? Were you possibly thinking of the intel iMacs?

I have the 20" iMac G5 1.8 ghz and although I haven't replaced the drive, I have had the back opened for other repairs/upgrades and the HD is right there ready to be unplugged. Can't say what the maximum size allowed, but swapping the drive should be relatively painless.



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Re: iMac G5 Maximum Hard Drive
Posted by: Mr645
Date: August 04, 2007 11:56AM
The 1.83 iMac is an Intel iMac, But why open to go from 500 ot 750?
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Re: iMac G5 Maximum Hard Drive
Posted by: MacMission
Date: August 04, 2007 01:42PM
Guys, this is a PowerPC G5 1.8 mhz chip not an intel.
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My Dad is digitizing his record albums and he just needs more room because he is saving the files in uncompessed AIFF format (his insistence). So an hard drive upgrade is already in order. I've changed the hard drive before (it's easy to do). I just trying to confirm at present the largest internal SATA hard drive I can upgrade to. Anybody have any empirical knowledge of this. 750gig? 1000gig?
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Re: iMac G5 Maximum Hard Drive
Posted by: PeterW
Date: August 04, 2007 03:03PM
You can install either a 750 GB or a 1 TB in that iMac.
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Re: iMac G5 Maximum Hard Drive
Posted by: BigGuynRusty
Date: August 04, 2007 03:47PM
MacMission, two bits of advice.:
1. PeterW has got the correct advice.
2. Never take Tech Advice from folks that can't read!

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Re: iMac G5 Maximum Hard Drive
Posted by: chas_m
Date: August 04, 2007 07:20PM
A better and cheaper idea would be to move those ginormous files onto an EXTERNAL hard drive. You *really* don't want to open up those last-gen G5 iMacs any more often than you absolutely have to ... HIGH potential for damage.



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Re: iMac G5 Maximum Hard Drive
Posted by: MacMission
Date: August 04, 2007 08:32PM
chas m, unsure how the hard drive upgrade would be cheaper considering the cost of an external firewire case. Besides we're going for a clean, uncluttered look here. Opening the iMac cases is a breeze and replacing the SATA hard drive was a snap.

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Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 08/04/2007 08:35PM by MacMission.
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Re: iMac G5 Maximum Hard Drive
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: August 04, 2007 09:19PM
Were you possibly thinking of the intel iMacs?

Exactly, as the 1.83 *is* an Intel iMac. The G5 was a 1.8.

The G5s up through 2.0 (including your 1.8) were/are a snap to replace the HD.

The 2.1 (last generation G5 that chas mentioned) and Intel Macs, both in the latest form factor (until Tuesday) are much more involved, but I think still do-able. Upgrading RAM in those later iMacs is super-easy, though.

I'd scour the web for reports of larger drives overheating in some G5 iMacs. Some people upgraded from a 250 to a 500G HD and claimed it gave them problems. It could be a fluke, coincidence, or a problem with one brand of drive.

I like the clean look, but am am waiting on the "perpendicular" drives to see if there is any reliability problem.

barefeats.com and xlr8yourmac might be good places to start.




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Re: iMac G5 Maximum Hard Drive
Posted by: MacMission
Date: August 05, 2007 03:40AM
Oh... my apologies for the confusion I created. My Dad must have an iMac 1.8 PPC. Unsure why I typed 1.83.
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Re: iMac G5 Maximum Hard Drive
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: August 05, 2007 03:46PM
McM, not a problem.

You cleared it up in you second post, and PW's reply applied to either Mac anyway.

I think chas may have been referring to the possibility of an expensive *repair* in the event upgrading the last G5 or Intel iMac.

You or your dad have no such worry with the 1.8, if moderate care is exercised.

Best of luck, and let us know how it goes.




I am that Masked Man.

Your boos mean nothing to me, I've seen what you cheer for.

Insisting on your rights without acknowledging your responsibilities isn’t freedom, it’s adolescence.

I've been to the edge of the map, and there be monsters.

We are a government of laws, not men.

Everybody counts or nobody counts.

When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men except
by believing all possible evil of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

I *love* SIGs. It's Glocks I hate.
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