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Old Jan 31, 2013, 04:51 AM   #1
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Can I swap a hard drive from one eMac to another

My friend has been given some eMacs of varying sizes 800mhz to 1.42ghz

I have just purchased a G4 eMac with USB2 and 1.25 ghz cpu and leopard

If i installed tiger on an external HDD USB2 would i be able to remove that HDD from the USB enclosure and install it inside a 800 mhz eMac as a internal would it boot and work??
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Old Jan 31, 2013, 05:14 AM   #2
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Yes, if you don't install Tiger from an Intel Mac.

But if you get a FireWire 400 cable, you can use the eMac itself as an external hard drive (Target Disk Mode) and don't have to open it at all, if the hard drive is still good and you don't want to change it for a lager one.
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Old Jan 31, 2013, 12:28 PM   #3
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Have fun swapping HDs in an eMac, I have done it several times, you might want to have a small suction cup handy to get the back bulb's grooves to fit in the front panel.

Official manual for the ATI and USB 2.0 eMac
http://tim.id.au/laptops/apple/emac/..._usb2_2005.pdf

One for the 1st generation (2004 model)
http://tim.id.au/laptops/apple/emac/eMac.pdf
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Swapping hard drives on those things is not a fun job.
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Old Feb 1, 2013, 01:32 AM   #5
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Yes i like to take a day to change a hard drive . I use an ice tray to put the different size screws in
thank you all for your input and good ideas
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Yes i like to take a day to change a hard drive . I use an ice tray to put the different size screws in
thank you all for your input and good ideas
If you mean hard drives in general then you shouldn't attempt this. Swapping a drive in a powermac is a 5 minute job. If it takes you a day then you shouldn't do it on an emac. Even a day for an emac is rough, but if you're confident then have it. Good Luck!
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This doesn't look that hard...couple hours work if that.

http://lancej.blogspot.ca/2006/01/ma...-mhz-emac.html
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This doesn't look that hard...couple hours work if that.

http://lancej.blogspot.ca/2006/01/ma...-mhz-emac.html
It's not super difficult. It's just a little more daunting than a regular desktop. Just making sure the OP knows that. It is only an hour or so if you know what you're doing.
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