would anyone attempt this?

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  1. bluap84 macrumors 6502

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    I have been toying with the idea as I have a spare SSD kicking around, but I don't have the balls.
     
  3. bluap84 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    LMAO!!! I would be totally the same. What ya ***** it up!?!?! lol

    EPIC FAIL!!!
     
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    I would attempt it but I would probably be a little more methodical and a bit less gung-ho about it.
    Having the LCD just hanging there would make me very nervous.

    What the hell are you talking about?
     
  5. bluap84 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    LOL i meant if you screwed up the swap, and ruined your imac for good. surely it would void the warranty which would be an FAIL!
     
  6. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    I was once concerned about doing this but since my iMacs are older I've taken to experimenting more freely.

    Regardless, there are tons better videos on how to do this. I lay mine down when I upgrade the drives and disconnect two connectors on the bottom, leaving the isight and all the top connectors attached and just leaning the case and the screen against the wall.

    There's a plastic arm holding the drive in place that swivels up and out of the way. That allows you to remove the drive w/o taking the screws out. You can remove the screws at your leisure once the drive is removed.

    Now that I've done it a couple of times it goes very quickly (15-20 mins). Upgrading the newer 2010 iMacs have caused some people fan problems because they use a different sensor technology that is drive specific so only some drive work as upgrades. Otherwise the fans spin up to full power all the time.

    Search the forum. There are several good threads about this process.

    Cheers,
     
  7. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    My iMac's internal HDD died on me out of warranty (it's an early 08) and I installed a new HDD internal. I really have to admit, it's not that bad. The only tough part is deciding how to deal with the LCD screen, you can either unplug it and remove it or you can just have a second person hold the LCD up as you replace the HDD.

    I really recommend having someone else hold the LCD, because unplugging the LCD is not that hard, but getting it back in is a task that would test the patience of Zeus. It sucks.... so.... bad.

    I would love to put an SSD in my iMac but I just don't have the money for one right now.
     
  8. Detosx macrumors regular

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    As with panzer06's thoughts, the sensor issue with the 2010 model troubles me. I can't speak for the SSD but with hard drives, from what I have been reading latterly, there is more at work than making sure you have the right sensor cable designed for the specific model of drive; that cable apparently won't work properly without the Apple firmware on the hard drive, something not talked about by third party sellers of hard drives, I found. There is a long thread about the sensor issue on OWC's blog. There are several suggested workarounds, including using a glue-on sensor from a previous generation iMac but even then people are arguing over that and other workarounds.

    That aside, having watched a few deconstruction videos and winced at a couple of people fumbling around to remove the panel's relatively fragile ribbon cables, I would think twice about potentially doing damage and voiding your warranty. If you have a definite need and you live in the US, perhaps consider OWC's fitting service, their SSD drives review very well, though do read their somewhat ambiguous small print over whether their service voids your warranty with Apple or not.

    At least upgrading the memory is straight forward, with the caveat that the 2010 model apparently works with 16GB without random shutdowns if you use Samsung memory; a few have said Hynix works without problems too but most stories relate to Samsung working. I couldn't find a British vendor who could guarantee the memory their depot sends would be Samsung, so will probably order through OWC.
     
  9. MacRuler macrumors 6502

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    i installed a ssd in my 27 inch imac and it really isnt that bad. as long as you have steady hands and can work a screwdriver and can follow directions. you should be able to do it.
     
  10. gr8whtd0pe macrumors 6502a

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    Did yours have the cable in it or how did you pull that off? Any links for instructions? I'm lazy lol
     
  11. MacRuler macrumors 6502

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    i know everybody is gonna yell at me. but i just left the cable disconnected. i also disconnected the hard drive fan (the one that will spin like CRAZY if you leave the sensor cable disconnected) yea well i disconnected the hard drive fan also and everything is cool and quite. i use the imac everyday and haven't had any over heating issues yet. i did this over a year ago.
     

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