iMac G3 Model M4984 Hard Drive Replacement
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- Author: Chris Green
- Time required: 10 - 20 Minutes
- Difficulty: Moderate
The iMac G3 Uses a 3.5" IDE Hard Drive. It supports data partitions no larger then 128GB and boot partitions no larger then 8GB (The 8GB limit only applies to iMac G3 tray loaders).
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Remove the two phillips #00 screws.
Then remove the board. This will reveal that it is a standard PATA drive.
Congrats, the drive is free! You can use any PATA-tray loading drive in the iMac G3 which means you can install a CDRW to burn CDs in OS9 or X(if using OSX,install that DVD writer) but, of course only original drives will match the great look of the iMac).
When installing a new drive, make sure that the drive jumper block is set to "Single drive". In most drives, this means removing the jumper, or positioning the jumper horizontally instead of vertically, so you don't lose it.
To remove the drive from the metal caddy, remove these four screws from the side of the drive.