Intel iMac (first gen) Replacing Hard Drive

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Alexstre, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. Alexstre macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2008
    Okay, this is becoming slightly ridiculous!

    Long story (you can skip this I'm just ranting:D)
    About a month ago the hard drive on my Intel iMac started acting really weird, randomly freezing and rebooting and after a few days it completely died. Two weeks ago I went out, bought a brand new hard drive (160 gigs, that's what I had in it: it was cheap and I have an external hard drive so I don't need much space internally)

    I came back home, google'd for an how-to guide and found a few good ones. I've done that a million times on PCs so I wasn't nervous, plus the guides I found had pictures and good explanations in case something went wrong. I took my toolkit out, but couldn't find the good size torx screw driver to open the case. I had every size, except the one needed.

    After asking friends and trying a few different toolkits, still no luck, so I drove to best buy, paid 50$ to get the job done. Two days after (that's today) I called Best Buy, and the guy there tells me my iMac has been sitting in a corner for 2 days because apparently they don't offer this service in store, and the guy that I talked to apparently did not know that. Another 2 days wasted.

    Earlier today (after calling best buy) I found a small shop downtown that does it, but they charge 100$ an hour, and estimate the whole procedure to take about an hour. I then google'd some more and found that the screw driver I need is a size T8 torx, found online for 4$.

    Long story short: Did anybody ever replaced their hard drive in an Intel iMac (first generation, white one)? Did you really use a T8 torx?

  2. dhc macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2006
    I did this upgrade a couple of years ago, but I'm certain that I just used a suitably sized philips... Just go easy and try not to burr the screw. Good luck!
  3. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Can you get to a SEARS store.

    They sell Torx drivers individually.

    When I needed a T8 I also bought the T5,T6,T7,T9 as well as the T8.

    It's a worthy investment, even more worthy if you don't use one and bugger up a screw.
  4. macenforcer macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2004
    Swapped out mine last year. Also yanked the superdrive and stuck it in my mini. Now that was hard.

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