iMac Intel 17" RAM Replacement

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This guide has been found to be exceptionally cool by the iFixit staff.

Upgrade your RAM for an instant increase in speed!

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Edit Step 1 Access Door  ¶ 

  • Loosen the two captive Phillips screws securing the access door to the iMac.

  • Remove the access door from the iMac.

  • Before beginning the repair, unplug the computer and press and hold the power switch for 20-30 seconds, to discharge internal capacitors.

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Edit Step 2 RAM  ¶ 

  • Rotate the two RAM arms outward from the iMac to eject the RAM chips.

  • Slide the RAM chips out of their slots.

  • Be sure the two RAM chips are fully inserted into the iMac before reinstalling any RAM arms.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the iMac Intel 17" device page.

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Comments Comments are onturn off

These comments don't belong here, they are for the hard drive replacement page. That being said, the RAM replacement is easy easy easy. It took me longer to get the RAM out of the packaging than it took to install them.

tjsadiq1, · Reply

Great Guide! I felt comfortable starting this project before I began. I love the option to buy the relevant tools as well. My only question is this: Why isn't the 2GB upgrade listed in the relevant parts? I bought one from this site after checking compatibility, but it seems like I can't find that same part from this page . . . just seemed strange. Again, great guide! Thanks!

justinisnow, · Reply

That is a really, really unnecessarily complex way of fitting a new hard drive. Thanks, but no thanks...

annax, · Reply

Quote from annax:

That is a really, really unnecessarily complex way of fitting a new hard drive. Thanks, but no thanks...

annax, if you can suggest a simpler way we're all ears!

Jake Simmonds, · Reply

I found this guide to be very useful. The installation was super easy, especially since I've never opened my iMac before. I was able to skip steps 6, 7, 9, 10 and 14. Wish I had one of those long skinny magnetic torx screwdriver's though. I had to use duct tape to hold the screws on the end of the bit for step 12.

I used this opportunity to vacuum out the dust with mini attachments. Much needed after 3 years ;0)

Awesome site!!! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and saving me time and $$$!

Eric Patten, · Reply

Yes I did it! thanks for this very good manual

Philippe d Anfray, · Reply

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