Intel iMac 2008 24" - HDD upgrade question

Discussion in 'iMac' started by wrldwzrd89, May 14, 2009.

  1. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    I'm tempted to put a 2TB HDD in my iMac, instead of the 320GB HDD it has now. Two questions though:
    1. Will this actually work? The iMac only "officially" supports 1TB drives.
    2. I know iMacs are a pain to disassemble - I lack the tools to do the job myself, so I'll have to take it in to a dealer for service. Any recommendations within, say, 50 miles of Solon, OH, USA?
     
  2. RemarkabLee macrumors 6502a

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    Any standard SATA2 3.5" drive should work, but it may be worth checking potential thermal characteristics of the replacement drive vs an OEM one.

    Apple should be able to tell you the nearest retail store or certified Apple retail partner. As far as I can tell from the YouTube videos, the procedure is reasonably straightforward enough. You just need the screen suckers and a torx driver - both available from eBay for a few dollars.
     
  3. wrldwzrd89 thread starter macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    Thanks, there are 2 that I know of near me: the Legacy Village Apple Retail Store and the Micro Center just down the road from the Apple Store. I was just wondering if there were any others besides those that might be better.

    I haven't managed to find the YouTube disassembly videos, but it doesn't surprise me that they exist. Also, my understanding was that you need not one but 3 different Torx drivers to get the Mac apart (though I may not need all 3 just to replace the HDD).
     

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