Installing iMac Intel 20" EMC 2105 and 2118 Dual Hard Drive
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Trade your optical drive for a second hard drive.
- Author: Brittany McCrigler
- Difficulty: Moderate
There are many benefits to adding a second hard drive to your iMac such as improved speeds, greater storage space, and less heartache when installing new software. Use this guide to install one using our optical bay hard drive enclosure.
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- Access Door 1 step
- Front Bezel 6 steps
- Lower EMI Shield 2 steps
- Display 7 steps
- Optical Drive 7 steps
- Optical Drive Replacement 11 steps
- Optical Drive Enclosure Faceplate 4 steps
- Dual Hard Drive 3 steps
Re-orient your iMac so it sits upright on the stand.
Insert a plastic card up into the corner of the air vent slot near the top of the rear case.
Push the card toward the top of the iMac to release the front bezel latch.
Pull the front bezel away from the rear case.
Repeat this process for the other side of the front bezel.
It may be necessary to apply several layers of duct tape to the top of the access card to aid in releasing the latches. Or use two cards for the additional thickness.
If the bezel refuses to release, try lifting the lower edge of the front bezel slightly away from the rear case (detailed in the next few steps) and repeat the latch release process.
Lay your iMac stand-side down on a flat surface.
To lift the front bezel off the iMac, simultaneously:
Use your thumbs to press in the RAM arms and hold the iMac down.
Use your index fingers to pull the small bridge of material on the front bezel toward yourself.
Pull the front bezel up with your index fingers.
Once the small bridge of material has cleared the RAM arms, lift the front bezel by its lower edge just enough to clear the bottom edge of the rear case.
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