New iMac 2013 Question --Can the hard drive be updated at a later date?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jaybar, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. jaybar macrumors 6502a


    Dec 11, 2008

    I am a light user (email, Internet, chat, photo viewing ). If I purchase the iMac with the HDD and my needs, activities change, can I upgrade at a later date?


  2. elithrar macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2007
    You, as an individual, cannot. Apple won't do it either. A third party vendor may do it for a decent fee, given that pulling the machine apart isn't trivial.

    Either spec it with a Fusion drive from day one, or invest in external drives/SSDs using USB 3.0/Thunderbolt to keep the speed.
  3. Johnf1285 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 25, 2010
    New Jersey
    You can do whatever you want to the machine at a later date and replace the HDD. Of course it requires opening the machine in a method that isn't intended to be done by the end user according to Apple. But if you were to pop the screen off within the first year or during the duration of applecare, you would be SOL if something went wrong.

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