C2D White iMac HD upgrade

Discussion in 'iMac' started by lightsout, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. lightsout macrumors member

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    Hey all,

    I'm thinking of upgrading my HD in my C2D iMac. I've seen the disassembly pictures online, and I thought they look a bit scary! Specifically the bit where you have to peel back the shielding!

    Couple of questions:

    1. Does anyone know how much Apple will charge to do this? If so, can I just bring a HD to them and get them to fit?

    2. Has anyone done this? Is it really that hard? I've built plenty of PCs before, but they are a lot more serviceable than an iMac if I break anything (not that I have!).

    Thanks!
     
  2. Pimptastic macrumors regular

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    I did this a couple of weeks ago after my hard drive died.

    It is pretty tricky, but if you just take your time then it is totally doable.

    I followed this guide - http://home.comcast.net/~woojo/DFFA53A0-F23D-4541-9015-481FD3B6532E/iMac_Disassembly.html

    It is quite scary, and you cant really test it without putting it all back together first. Luckily it worked first time for me.

    The only bit i had trouble with was taking the front off, but as i said, just take your time and you'll have no trouble.

    EDIT: Mine is an early Core Duo, i'm sure i read somewhere that the later white iMacs were easier to take apart. Im not sure.
     
  3. lightsout thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks!

    Any SATA drive should be fine right? As long as the connectors are aligned the same as the existing HD?

    What HD did you put in? I was thinking of a 750GB Samsung or WD...
     
  4. Pimptastic macrumors regular

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    I just went for a direct replacement 250gig drive, i chose a drive that wes the same make, and similar model number, although i guess i didnt have to.

    I dont need a lot of internal storage as i store most of my stuff on NAS.

    Pretty much any SATA drive will do.

    Take a look here - http://forums.xlr8yourmac.com/drivedb/search.drivedb.lasso

    Im not sure how definitive that list is, but it may be some help.
     

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