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#1 +patseguin

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 23:35

Are iMac HD's user accessible, easily? I have the version that came out when they first had the i7 and a 27" display. I had it configured with a 2TB drive and it seems to be operating slowly and accessing the hard drive, even after a clean install. I was thinking about putting in a 256GB SSD in and then use an external drive for data. I'm just wondering how easy it us to access the HD. I remember my MBP was a major pain and tons of tiny screws.


#2 Rohdekill

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 23:38

Just go to ifixit.com and review the process for your model.  



#3 threetonesun

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 23:39

Are iMac HD's user accessible, easily? I have the version that came out when they first had the i7 and a 27" display. I had it configured with a 2TB drive and it seems to be operating slowly and accessing the hard drive, even after a clean install. I was thinking about putting in a 256GB SSD in and then use an external drive for data. I'm just wondering how easy it us to access the HD. I remember my MBP was a major pain and tons of tiny screws.

 

Replacing the hard drive in the MBP is a cake-walk compared to the iMac. You have to suction cup the screen off the iMac to get into the hard drive, and there's a good chance you'll break some connections while you're at it.



#4 Pam14160

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 00:03

Are iMac HD's user accessible, easily? I have the version that came out when they first had the i7 and a 27" display. I had it configured with a 2TB drive and it seems to be operating slowly and accessing the hard drive, even after a clean install. I was thinking about putting in a 256GB SSD in and then use an external drive for data. I'm just wondering how easy it us to access the HD. I remember my MBP was a major pain and tons of tiny screws.

Fix-it has some excellent tutorials that will show how to break sown the iMac 27", but if you have an apple/Mac store I would say let them do it, albeit is you are good at working inside a computer it wouldn't be all that hard, however read and follow the instructions very closely when working with the glass screen. . .good luck either way.



#5 OP +patseguin

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 02:27

If it involves messing with the screen, I think I'll forget about it...



#6 Xerino

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 02:52

3 screws on the bottom, pop the back panel off, and poof there it is



#7 Brian M.

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 10:35

3 screws on the bottom, pop the back panel off, and poof there it is


Nope. It's actually not that many screws. You just need to suction cup the glass off, 8 T10s hold the LCD on, and then 2 T8s hold the HDD in place. The problem is that the LCD cables are easily damaged, and you have an uncovered PSU in there, too. That, and cleaning the LCD afterwards it a bitch!

#8 shifts

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 12:03

You might also find that the fans start spinning at full speed depending on what SSD you get.  I know that in work I replaced a HDD and the fans were ready for take off which had me puzzled.

 

Turns out the mac hard drives have custom firmware or temp sensors and that can cause third party drives to spin up the fans.

 

Easily remidied with some software tho



#9 +warwagon

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 20:39

Yep the hard drive upgradeabilty in an iMac is embarrassing.



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