Replacing hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by TomT321, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. TomT321 macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2009
    I have a IMac G5 1.8 with the old PC processor 160GB hard drive. It appears that the hard drive has gone bad, according to the clerk at the Apple store as it shows a blue screen and then some sort of small message that it is unable to access files (I believe that is what I was told). Anyway because it was over 5 years old I went ahead and bought a new Mac Mini. Now the old IMac is just sitting around gathering dust and I am thinking of replacing the hard drive so that I can sell it and recoup more of my money than I would just selling it for parts. Anyway what I need to know is can I replace the hard drive with any 160 GB or does it have to be a like hard drive? The problem is that a used hard drive will also be 5 years old and really do not want to send good money after bad. Appreciate any thoughts.:confused:
  2. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

    Feb 13, 2009
    United Kingdom
    Hey, was your iMac one of the first G5 iMacs, or was it the second generation? - As depending on which revision, the Hard Drives used a different connector. Once you know the connector, you can replace it with any Hard Drive with the same connector - used or brand new!
  3. mcglry macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2009
    Chandler, Arizona

    Yes, you can replace it with any hard drive. It will need to be SATA though. Also a Desktop Hard Drive.
  4. TomT321 thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2009

    Yes the Imac is a first generation, actually built in the fall of 2004 according to the serial number, so somewhat confused as one response says I can use any hard drive and the other says that it has to be one with a like connection. I'd appreciate some clarification.
  5. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    Both posts say the same thing.

    As mcglry says, you also need a 3.5" (desktop) drive rather than 2.5" (laptop).

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