Installing SSD Drive on 27" imac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by charlescearl, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. charlescearl macrumors newbie

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    Hi,
    I'm wondering if we know whether Apple or "after market" shops could replace the default drive with an SSD? Or has anyone tried this?
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  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I doubt Apple will do it but a computer (repair) store might do it but they'll probably say that they won't be responsible if they break something.
     
  3. Heilage macrumors 68030

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    Sure, it can be done. You just have to pay the technician. :)
     
  4. harcosparky macrumors 68020

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    I was at Apple yesterday discussing a similar question.

    I want to install a 1TB drive in my almost out of warranty 24" iMac.

    Apple will not do it, not even for a fee, all they can do is REPAIRS.

    However your best bet, and one that Apple recommended is to find an independent APPLE AUTHORIZED SERVICE CENTER. Apple cannot even sell you Repair Parts but an APPLE AUTHORIZED SERVICE CENTER can if they choose to do so.

    BEFORE you do that, you might want to make sure the Service Center is CLEAN enough to do the job. Do they have a special 'clean room' with a laminar flow hood where they can open it up and do the task? Dust is a biatch when it gets in between the glass and LCD panel.

    I would do the drive upgrade myself, but I do not have a 'clean enough' area at the moment.


    Apple Tech also warned about handling the glass cover, he said touching the inside of the cover while handling can create a mess of fingerprints.

    I told him I have special linen gloves for handling things like that .... my only concern is DUST !!!!
     
  5. Heilage macrumors 68030

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    You don't need a very special room, just one that is fairly dust free. And you need gloves.

    NEVER EVER EVER TOUCH THE INSIDE OF THE GLASS!

    Otherwise, all information in the post above is correct.
     
  6. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    i know this question has been answered but, do you void your warranty if you open up and swap out your hard drive on the Imacs?

    I know you will if you mess something up, but how about when you do a successful transplant.
     
  7. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    No you will not, unless you break something.

    I have replaced the drive in about a dozen 24" AL iMacs, I could do it in about 15 minutes.

    eff the whole "dust free" crap with the glass front. In the grand scheme of the whole installation removing the glass is about a 1 on a scale from 1-10. Takes all of 2 seconds. Of course you dont want to touch the inside of the glass, duh?

    Just grab it by the edges, theres 3/4" of black you never see.
     
  8. sascha h-k macrumors 6502

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    as you have to pull off the glass with 2 suction-cups, there is no need to touch the glass from any side ..
     

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