IMac 7.1(2008) Hard Drive Replace/install/upgrade, Open Case PT.2




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Martin Magana: @ronlebaron Well that's a new one! I would make sure that all holes receiving screws are completely clear. Sometime a wire will partially block it, and still let the screw enter, but destroy the wire at the same time. Also, make sure the monitor cable it WELL ATTACHED and secured with tape to the back of the monitor. Check the hard drive thermometer. Try attaching it with the computer running, notice at what point the computer goes out. Reply and we'll try to help more. Hope that helps a little.

Ronnie LeBaron: Hey man, thanks for all your help. Got the case issue figured out. There was an obscure little wire that was being pinched at the botto

zcout86: Thanks for the video! it really made the change easy when my original drive went dead! also got the caviar black, great disc! Big Thanks

Martin Magaña: definitely put in the hitcahi. tell me how it runs, I was kinda thinkin' i'd like a hitachi in my mac better.

Ano De Roadbres: @tijnieken Where did you get that done? My Drive is probably about to die any day now and i need to replace it asap.

Rick Longhi: Excellent video / Manual. Good job presenting exactly what must be done.

isaac flores: OK seeing your how to makes me want to do this upgrade myself. I have an iMac 24" 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with a 698.64 GB OEM hard drive. I want to upgrade it to a 2 terabyte hard drive. What is the most reliable hard drive to replace it with in your opinion?

Gary Beltz: Why do iMac's need 2 fans?

Martin Magaña: there lots of tricks on the internet to eject the cd, like restarting the computer and holding down the mouse button, or boot with the option key, then select the cd and click eject. look it up on google. if nothing works, you have to open the computer an take it out of the drive yourself. I was thinking about doing a tutorial for that, but haven't had enough requests. Check back later in the week, maybe I'll make one, and check my blog, there are lots of useful pics there (address in descrip).

FAKEBC: This is ridiculous. They could not design the iMac to have an easily accessible HDD like they did with the RAM? Labor costs will be insane to upgrade it.

RamiroR: @Gb755c Because they heat up?

ralteredstates: Will a SSD work in the iMac 7,1?

Martin Magaña: @GiantMetallicHobo 1) Yes, it's scotch tape. You don't have to go out and buy tape, but use the best, most heat resistant tape you have so the glue doesn't melt off and make the cable all gummy. 2) No adhesive, just a plain suction cup with a little hook on the back to pull (like you would use to hang something in your shower or a window), use the link at the beginning of the video to see my blog, it has a link to a similar suction cup. Suction a corner so u don't have to fight the magnets.

Daniel Janca: @ralteredstates Of course. Usually SSDs are 2.5 sizes, so you'll need an something like an extra bracket or enclosure so that it would fit firmly. Other World Computing has a nice solution, google it.

Max Bu'tt: any hard drive can run linux or any other OS's on them and also partitions.

Martin Magaña: yea, just make sure it's the same size as a regular hd or it won't fit in the brackets. you can probably find a harness or something to make it the right size.

Martin Magaña: @tijnieken what's more valuable to you, time or your money? You could have bought a 2 TB HD for 150 euros and a 500gb external HD for 100 euros, maybe less, and installed them yourself. But then you would have to research how to install a HD, find a HD, wait for it to arrive, backup your system (if possible), install HD, replace files. So if you have no time, you made the right choice. If you're a student or something, maybe try it on your own next time.

Андрей Кошкин: Ebanutsya!!

Martin Magaña: yuuuuuuuuup! :3

Ronnie LeBaron: m of the computer, down by the cooling fan, which, when the case went in all the way, was causing it to ground out. Touchy!

Nicolas L: What size HD does it take?

chlorox: First of all, thank you BIG TIME!!! My HD crashed after a little over a year. (then again, I've never had a SATA drive last longer than 18 months) I forgot to buy Applecare in the year time frame so I was DEAD in the water till I found this. The only question I had was, does it matter how you plug in the cables that connect the monitor? (I'm guessing they are just some sort of backlight power supply or balyst but I have no idea) I was afraid and neglected to label them for reconnection.

napperfat: Thanks, I was afraid of that. I miss the 'paperclip' days...

Martin Magaña: @cain772 The most reliable hard drives include a five year manufacturer warranty. Why? I use Western Digital because they have a great warranty policy. I don't think I have any 2TB drives on my blog, but there are examples of hard drives with 5 year warranties. If your data is extremely important, though, I would just use an external HD and Time Machine backup. Then the warranty isn't as important because the chances of two hard drives going out at the same time is slim.

tijnieken: I just got my broken HD replaced, I paid 250 euros for the whole thing. (replacement + HD) Did I get ripped off?

tijnieken: @camodesto My dad is a doc and he needs his mac for one of his programmes. So yeah, time goes first

Martin Magaña: The iMac 7.1 just has the one hard drive partition, so a fresh (or backup/image) install is necessary. Fresh install trick for those with a Leopard upgrade "drop-in" disc. Select 'restore from time machine backup' in the file menu. Keep clicking the next arrow until it allows you to choose a backup source. Now backup to the original installation screen, and proceed with a fresh install. Otherwise, it will tell you OSX 10.4 is needed to do an upgrade. My imac came with the disc.

fbithejames: So, any internal hard drives are compatible?

earlturner: Two Questions: #1.) Are you a trained Apple technician? (If not, I admire your "testicular fortitude.") #2.) I'm thinking of buying a 20" 2009 iMac. I've heard that Apple is using an improved 20" screen this year compared to the '07 and '08 models. It's supposed to be brighter and with better viewing angles. Do you have an opinion. The 24" screen is just too big for me. Really good video. Good Luck!

Martin Magaña: because your internal hard drive broke one month after the warranty expired.

dugost: Thanks for posting this video! You really helped me out with the walk-through and saved me a ton of time and hassle by doing it myself instead of getting a tech to do it for me. My screen connectors were different, though, possibly because my screen was replaced with a different type under warranty. Otherwise my hard drive replacement was a snap thanks to your video. Cheers.

TheHENDAWGTV: why cant just get an external hard drive...

Ronnie LeBaron: Hi, I've just completed this process in an Intel imac 20" , and for some reason, when I put the Silver casing on, it shorts the thing out and it won't boot. When I take it off, it runs just fine. What gives?

John SaintsSoft: Thank you so much, you saved me $100 and a week's downtime, which is what The Mac Store wanted to do this. I replaced the original 320gb with a WD low power 2TB.

Haiku Automation: very well done video, you can thank your camera man many times over.

Martin Magaña: I don't know what happens if you connect them differently. If you find out, please post it. Like I said, I marked mine with a sharpe, so i didn't take note to any markings on the wires. Most wires you can tell based on the length and the bend in the wire (from being in the same position for so long). My best advice is to let the wires lay naturally and use your best judgement as to where it looks like the wires spent the most time in a certain position. Then it's likely the correct spot.

Martin Magaña: yea, that's my biggest issues with apple. I hate the fact that there isn't a physical button attached to the cd drive that ejects, independent of the software. Same thing with the iPod: put a darn 'off and on' button instead of the software controlled play button (which doesn't work if your iPod freezes). Software controlled buttons are great until your computer freezes or a disc jams (see above comment: daughter put 2 cd's into cd drive). long live the 'paperclip' drive!

Austin Curtis: where is gpu located in relation to the hd is it just left of the middle in a silver case? just below power supply?

Matthew Park: Are Western Digital hard drives able to run Linux partitions?

Martin Magaña: Model Identifier: iMac7,1 Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz L2 Cache: 4 MB Memory: 2 GB Bus Speed: 800 MHz I bought mine in March, 2008. Our models are very similar. HD is nothing special. Western Digital Black 1TB 3.5" SATA I recommend a new/good HD b cuz I tried an old one (2005), system ran SLOOOOW. Click Apple(top left)>About This Mac> More Info for your computer hardware specifics.

Martin Magaña: I knew it was something like that!

napperfat: Any ideas how to physically remove a CD when the drive fails? I've tried all the commands and startup tricks -no luck - just need to get the CD out out of the machine.

seansfc: Good video! i like how u told us the little things like the screw hole

GOODKANT: bro i get that flashing question mark shiz wen i try startin it up an my OS X discz are scratchd. do u rekon i should jst take it apart an try fixin it? or what?? does no what ta do.. help us owt man holla.

jaguilarjr: Once you've replaced the drive and reinstalled your OS, you can buy an external hard drive case and put your old on in it. You can then plug it in and access your information as if it were an external hard drive(cause it is now)

Martin Magaña: great job, thanks for this comment!

Anthony Massey: I just replaced our Mac's hard drive with a Barracuda 1TB drive. I'm not sure where i should put the thermometer... The drives are a little different...

Martin Magaña: advanced method: install new 1TB, install Mac OS X, split hardrive into 300 and 700 GB partitions. Copy everything from 500GB external to 700GB Partition. Take out 1TB, re-install 250GB. Run time machine and backup over 500GB external. Take out 250GB, install 1TB. Install time machine backup from 500GB external to 300GB partition. Copy everything from 700gb partition back to 500GB external. Resize 300 & 700GB partitions back to single 1TB. =P

Gabe Jacobsohn: how long do you think this will take for someone familiar with replacing pc components?

René Urdiales: Hi! I want to ask you if is necessary to put the same brand of HDD, as I understand, my imac (A1207 MODEL) have an 250gb 7200 rpm WESTERN DIGITAL, but I have a new brand HITACHI with the same specifications, but with 320gb, do you think that it can run on my computer? thanks!
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