Video Guide: hard drive upgrade/replace intel iMac 7.1 (2008)

Discussion in 'iMac' started by stereocilia, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. stereocilia macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2009
    I made this video guide to help anyone that wants to upgrade or replace the hard drive on their new iMac (2008/2009).

    My hard drive failed one month after the warranty expired :mad::apple::mad: so I took care of it myself and I encourage anyone else to do the same.

    I was told my post was in the wrong place, and I still don't know where to put it, so I'll just try it here and hopefully it will help someone.
  2. stereocilia thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2009
    Video Guide, Hi-Res Photos, and Hard Drive Replacements: Intel iMac 7.1

    I've added some helpful information to my blog, including High Resolution photos, compatible hard drives, and the video of course.
  3. Maim macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2009
    thanks for the effort of filming it for others :) its always nice to see things done on video than following pics
  4. dshj, Jul 24, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2011

    dshj macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2011
    #4 no longer works... no longer works.

    I'm looking for the high def photos of connecting the LDC back to the iMac. I must have mis-marked the connectors, because I have a fuzzy yellow-green line on the left side and a flashing white bar across the middle (assuming it's the "no startup volume found" icon). :(
  5. Papanate macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2011
    North Carolina
    That's very cool of you to post a video guide. Still even with the knowledge on how to replace a drive...I can tell you from a business owners point of view the amount of time it takes to get all those screws out; then get the old drive out and the new drive in; then get all those screws back in....well I've lost more money in time than it costs to have the Apple guys do it for me.<G>

    Plus I have no patience for unscrewing 500 screws....
  6. dshj macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2011
    Found the problem...

    When you're 100 miles away from the closest Apple Store, it's much easier to replace the HDD by removing the 20 screws for me. :)

    So I figured out what the problem was. The ribbon cable on the back of the LCD is apparently VERY sensitive and it needs to be taped properly for the video to work correctly. I don't know if this is a short or just the design of the cable, but I realized this was the issue after I'd tried all combinations of the cable hookups and I had inconsistent results.

    Even though this is under AppleCare, I can't wait a week for the "Genius Bar" folks to finally get around to replacing the HDD in my iMac.

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