Replace hard drive in USB 2.0 eMac?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by dandeco, Nov 27, 2009.

  1. dandeco macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2008
    I had recently acquired a 250GB internal 3.5" desktop hard drive which I plan on putting in my eMac. Of course I could go the external route, but I think replacing a 40 GB hard drive with a 250 GB drive would make more sense.

    How different are the upgrading instructions of the 2004-generation eMacs different from the older ones like in here?

    The only thing I'm worried about is that high-voltage CRT. Should I wear rubber gloves when performing the upgrade just in case?

    This is not the first time I've upgraded the hardware in the eMac. I had already replaced the old CD-ROM drive with a SuperDrive, and that went well. I also upgraded the RAM from 512 MB to 1.25 GB, but of course that's easy to do with the eMacs.

    Please reply with tips/info.
  2. hughvane macrumors 6502


    Aug 25, 2008
    Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
    The physical layout of the later eMac was very similar to the earlier ones.


    Don't be too concerned about the CRT issue. If you want to be totally certain, get hold of a discharge tool which will bleed any residual HV from the cathode tube.

    If you can plan your schedule carefully, completely unplug your eMac 24 hours ahead of opening it up, even longer is better. Wearing gloves is not advisable. Doing so reduces your sense of touch.

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