breaking warranty?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Keebler, Aug 18, 2007.

  1. Keebler macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    Hi folks,

    i realize this has probably been covered, but i'm lazy right now:

    if i buy one of the refurb 'old' 24" imacs, can i replace the HD without voiding my warranty?

  2. cmvsm macrumors 6502a


    Nov 12, 2004
    I did. Technically, it IS a user serviceable part and does not void the warranty. If you need help doing it, just let me know. It can be a little tricky.
  3. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2004
    as long as you don't do any damage in the process, it wont void the warranty.....of course your replacement HD wont be covered by the warranty at all
  4. product26 macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2005
    does this include the optical drive as well? I can only find reference to hard drives on this matter.
  5. flyinmac macrumors 68040


    Sep 2, 2006
    United States

    If you manage to reassemble it all perfectly, and don't damage anything, then your warranty will likely remain.

    But, there are two considerations that you must think of:

    1) You must dismantle almost the entire machine. Screen and many internal parts. And, you must open it without snapping one of the plastic clips that keeps it closed. Although some have said that there may be a separate access panel in the rear to remove just the hard drive - but there seems to be a bit of debate there. So, unless you can confirm that you can remove the hard drive without dismantling the entire computer on the 24-inch, then be prepared to do it like the 17 and 20-inch models. On those, you must use a card to release some clips, remove one screw (which I seem to remember hearing is hidden in the RAM slot access panel), and then remove the cover, the LCD screen, the various controller boards in there, and then the hard drive.

    2) Assuming that you do replace the drive successfully, understand that any issue that arises later could be potentially blamed on your having disassembled and then reassembled the computer. They can claim that you damaged something, and proving otherwise is pretty hard.

    If there is indeed a separate access panel on the 24-inch model, then that may make things much less risky. But, if not, I would only entertain the task if you really like adventure.

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