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Oct 2, 2004, 06:27 PM
i need to replace the hard drive on my imac . can anyone give me advice on how to replace it or point me to a website that can help. how do i access the hard drive? i'm a newbie to this stuff. thanks sooo much

Oct 2, 2004, 06:46 PM
Below is a link to the actual Apple Service Manual for your particular iMac. Its 11.4MB so hopefully you're not on dialup. I don't believe its very hard at all. Just remember that you can not put a huge drive in it. I don't remember the maximum size of hard drive it will recognize. Somewhere on the Apple Support page it will tell you.


Oct 2, 2004, 07:21 PM
I replaced the hd on my iMac DV SE with a 80gb drive. I found a site online with a walkthrough. Watch the screws and good luck, it should be a snap, one hour tops. :)

Oct 2, 2004, 07:25 PM
I just put a 40Gb Western Digital Hard Drive in one of my 400MHz iMacs It took me about 45 mins and I used this Guide (http://www.appletalk.com.au/forums/index.php?showtopic=436&st=0&#entry3809) to help me. It worked Great. I used Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the old Hard Drive to the new one. Also one piece of advice is be careful not to lose the screws. I would be happy to answer any other questions you have.

Oct 2, 2004, 08:48 PM
Don't buy a drive larger than 120 GB for the iMac DV.
Only machines after The QuickSilver G4 can handle more than 120 GB
(its possible with older machines with proper software or a pci ata controller)
It you get a drive larger than 120 GB your machine won't se more than ca. 128 GB of it. Any ATA 33/66/100/133 drive will work in your computer.
(SATA or SCSI wont work)

Oct 2, 2004, 09:22 PM
put everything in fine plugged it in to do a software restore and it doesn't have a destination disc.