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A1418 / EMC 3068 / iMac 18,1 / 2.3 GHz dual-core i5 processor. Released June 2017.

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Can't find hard drive!

I have a 2017 21.2" imac. had 256gb hard drive which after 6 great years of service...died. I bought the ifixit kit and all the steps to get the screen safely off were successful. However there is no hard drive, Here is image of aerea where hard drive is supposed to be... its empty! what gives? I don't even see a loose SATA cable? This machine has never been opened before today

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Since the HDD holder is empty, we have to assume that you have the model with a SSD that you can find by removing the logic board.

I've attached a picture to give you a look at the back of the logic board, in the tutorial iFixit used the model whitout ssd connector but yours will have it

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Here’s a guide of a similar model iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2889 Blade SSD Replacement


Be aware you will need a SATA/Power cable for the SATA drive if the drive is not present. Double check referencing this guide iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 3068 Hard Drive Replacement

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