swap hard drive in 24" imac.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Grunze, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. Grunze macrumors regular

    Grunze

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    Hi,

    I'd like to swap the 250gb hard drive in my imac to a 1 tb drive.
    Is that a possibility?

    I'm sure there are threads related ot this, but I cannot frind them...

    Or am i just asking for trouble by doing this?

    Thanks!
     
  2. idesign245 macrumors 6502

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    There were pdfs on apples support site that showed how to replace the hard drive I believe, I'm not sure if they're still there or not.
     
  3. kkat69 macrumors 68020

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    Depending on your version iMac I'm 100% it's possible. I believe it's here in Macrumors where someone swapped a HD out. Took a fair amount of effort if I remember and it was on an Al iMac. I could be wrong on the version.

    I do not recall the post but I do know it's possible.
     
  4. idesign245 macrumors 6502

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    I found the link here: http://manuals.info.apple.com/en/imacg5_HD17_DIY_EDU.pdf

    Its for the old 17" but I doubt its very different from the current models.
     
  5. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, you can swap the hard drive -- and it will NOT void your warranty, except on the HD itself. No big deal, many (most?) HD manufacturers' warranties are much better than Apple's iMac warranty (e.g., Seagate drives have a 5-year warranty).

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=350120&highlight=iMac+take-apart+drive+upgrade

    http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/systems/intel_imac_take-apart.html

    http://www.kodawarisan.com/imac_intel/imac_intel001.html

    You may want to do some research before buying a 1 TB drive. 500 GB was the largest option offered on white C2D iMacs -- and some early external HD enclosures had a 750 GB upper limit for SATA drives. I don't know the reason for the limitation, but there might be hardware/driver gotchas affecting early SATA controllers.

    LK
     
  6. wakerider017 macrumors 68000

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    How do you know it does not void your warranty? I thought it did with the newer iMacs???
     
  7. FatSweatyBlldog macrumors regular

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    I'm not sure where Leon got his information that swapping HD's doesn't void the warranty on an iMac. However, if you break anything along the way to replacing the HD, your warranty will not cover you in that instance.

    In short, Apple does not consider the HD in an iMac to be user upgradeable. If you don't damage anything by installing the HD, you warranty is likely intact. Otherwise, you will be liable for repairs on a failed upgrade attempt.
     
  8. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, that's obvious -- if you break something, it's not Apple's fault. However, Apple has no legal right to 'void' your warranty just because you opened the iMac cabinet. You paid for the warranty, so it belongs to you -- not to Apple. If the graphics card goes up in smoke after you changed the HD, Apple still has an obligation to honor your warranty contract on the graphics card.

    http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/buspubs/warranty.shtm

    ...not just a good idea -- it's THE LAW,

    LK
     
  9. wakerider017 macrumors 68000

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    Ya, but that means little to nothing...

    Do you have the means to take Apple to court if they deny your warranty?

    Additionally how do you prove to Apple you did not break something else... All they have to say is that you broke it by not grounding yourself causing a static electricity discharge on one of the components...

    Pretty much, if Apple does not approve DON'T do it! (Unless you don't mind giving up your warranty)
     
  10. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

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    Absolutely! It's called "small claims court." $25 filing fee and $5k recovery limit, where I live. Apple would cave before ever going to court over an iMac warranty dispute.

    Hint: Google: "breach of warranty" "treble damages"

    R.T.F.M. The burden of proof is on the party attempting to wriggle-out of the contract.

    ...the meek shall inheret THE SHAFT,

    LK

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  11. wakerider017 macrumors 68000

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    Okay then go for it...

    Companies do not want you messing with their sh*t.

    Why do you think all those labels exist that say "If removed warranty is void?"


    But hey go for it! If you think you can out smart Apple, more power to you.
     
  12. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

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    On my planet, it ceases to be theirs the instant I pay for it.

    ...which part of "ownership" don't you understand?

    LK
     
  13. wakerider017 macrumors 68000

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    Lol, Someone need a chill pill?

    Your arguing for the sake of arguing.

    Like I said, have fun messing with your computer...

    I am going to leave this thread and add you to my block list. I have been coming to macrumors for over a year now and the users here are awesome. Really friendly people!

    You registered a month ago and it seems you have brought a very negative attitude with you.

    Cheers
     
  14. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

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    ...I humbly accept your unconditional surrender,

    LK
     
  15. Grunze thread starter macrumors regular

    Grunze

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    Thanks for all the help folks.
    I think i got my answer.
     

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