What is white wrapper for on iMac hard drive?

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  1. Drum macrumors newbie

    Drum

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    I just upgraded the hard drive on my Flat Panel iMac G4. The old Hitachi drive was covered with a piece of sticky white paper. When I installed the new Western Digital drive I did not replace the paper as it would have covered up holes in the drive housing that should be left exposed.

    Does anyone know what the white paper is for? Should I have stuck it back?
     
  2. zac4mac macrumors 6502

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    Does the wrapper have a layer of copper foil inside? If so, it's for EMI suppression. Several HDDs I've seen in portables had this. If not, no idea.

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  3. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    It was probably some sort of shielding or to keep it from vibrating against something it's touching inside. I seriously doubt it's necessary--covering up the breather hole is probably far worse than whatever it's intended to be doing.

    Regardless, I've heard of a lot of people upgrading those, and I've never heard of anybody doing anything unusual with the drive, so I'm fairly certain it's not necessary. You could go read the drive reports at XLR8YourMac to make sure, if you're worried.
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  5. Drum thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Here's a picture so you know what I'm talking about. No-one's come up with an answer yet!

    Thanks to mrtotes for the photo.
     

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  6. dejo Moderator

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    Did the paper only cover that top side with the label? If so, what holes?
     

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