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Installing the optical drive involves removing the outer case before actual installation.

Image 1/3: Push back the handle after you have taken the core out of the case.
  • Release the back handle of the PowerMac. Slowly pull out the cube by holding the end of the handle. Watch for any parts that may become entangled with the outer case.

  • Push back the handle after you have taken the core out of the case.

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  • Place the cube upside down and remove the four T10 Torx screws on the front plate. Then remove the two screws on each side.

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  • Slowly lift the plate off the cube and disconnect the power cord.

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Image 1/1: The pillars should come out fairly easily.
  • Remove the four pillars from each corner.

  • The pillars should come out fairly easily.

If the Cube has an Airport card installed, it must be removed. This can be accomplished by disconnecting its antenna, and pulling gently on the clear plastic tab on its end. The bracket it is contained in must be unlatched from the frame and rotated out of the way to get to the two optical drive mounting screws beneath it.

olearydq - Reply

There is a ribbed cooling plate attached to the hard drive that must be removed before step 7.

isitism - Reply

There is no need to remove the four pillars. Skip step 4. In step 5, don't turn the Cube on it's side. The Airport slot swings out like a door, providing access to the IDE ribbon and power cables to complete step 6. Complete steps 6 and 7 while the cube is upright.

timhood - Reply

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  • Remove a total of four screws on the sides of the optical drive.

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Image 1/1: Remove the power cable.
  • Slowly lift up the optical drive and remove the IDE cable.

  • Remove the power cable.

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

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