iMac Aluminum 24" - upgrade to 1 TB HDD and 4 GB RAM - Step by Step Photo Guide

Discussion in 'iMac' started by danimir, Dec 27, 2007.

  1. danimir macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2007
    Hi there!

    I've managed to upgrade my iMac Aluminum 24" to 1 TB hard drive and 4 GB RAM back in November '07 :) As I wanted to share my experience with the Mac community, I've made a detailed step by step guide with photos available at the following web page:,en/

    Good luck with the upgrade!

    Danny :)

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  2. Rhodan macrumors member

    May 9, 2007
    Interesting, thanks for the guide. How do you find the performance of the 2.8, is it worth it ?
  3. danimir thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2007
    performance of 2.8 Extreme

    I love the performance of 2.8 Extreme and I believe it's sure worth the money. Compressing a full length DVD movie to MP4 takes approx. 15-20 minutes, while I'm doing other stuff as well, also running WinXP through VM Ware Fusion in parallel! :) The machine doesn’t stall for a sec! :)
  4. je1ani macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2007
    IMO if you have $2000 cash to burn don't get a 2.8 and get a Mac Pro :D It will piss on a 2.8
  5. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Cool guide!

    Some people like all-in-one, besides RAM for Mac Pro is more expensive.
  6. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    That's really silly coming from someone that has the 2.8 iMac.:rolleyes: At any rate assuming your were kidding it will cost more than just $2000 for a Mac Pro plus display.
  7. je1ani macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2007
    Unfortunately I bought the iMac before I even tried a Mac Pro :( 2299 vs 2499
  8. danimir thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2007
    the most bang for the buck

    I prefer all-in-one iMacs, compact, slim, no cables, no mess, and they’re soooo stylish :)

    Also, I believe that a Mac Pro with 1 TB hard drive, 4 GB RAM, and a decent display would cost a waaaayyy more than what has cost me to DIY upgrade an iMac 320 Gb hdd, 1 Gb ram. You’re paying just for the Mac Pro "box” $2499 with only 1 GB ram and 250 Gb hdd, plus a 23” display is $899, then add the ram and hdd upgrade to it, and you’re taking close to $4000… sure, it runs lots faster with two CPUs in it, but such expense is not justifiable for an average or even some power users…

    Therefore, I believe what I did with DIY upgrading my iMac is definitely the most bang for the buck within the user category :)

  9. overcast macrumors 6502a

    Jun 27, 2007
    Rochester, NY
    You do not have to install Tiger first with the Leopard upgrade DVD. Simply go to restore from Time Machine backup in the installer options. Click through the menus until it asks you for an image. Instead of loading an image, return back to the initial screen warning you that it requires Tiger. The option to continue will no longer be greyed out.
  10. danimir thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2007
    thanks for the tip

    Thanks! I didn't know that - I've actually ended up installing Tiger, then Leopard upgrade DVD I've got in the package (that took some time)! :)

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