Introduction

These steps will show you how to properly replace your hard drive on your Apple G5 Desktop.

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No parts required.

Image 1/1: To avoid being burned, wait at least 10 minutes to allow the computer's internal components to cool.
  • To avoid electrocution, shut down the computer. Do not open the computer or attempt to install any items inside it while the computer is on.

  • To avoid being burned, wait at least 10 minutes to allow the computer's internal components to cool.

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  • Remove all the cables, including the power cables before opening the unit.

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Image 1/2: The panel should fall out. If the panel does not fall out by itself pull a little from the edges. Image 2/2: The panel should fall out. If the panel does not fall out by itself pull a little from the edges.
  • Lift the tab to unlock the side panel.

  • The panel should fall out. If the panel does not fall out by itself pull a little from the edges.

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  • Remove the air deflector (the clear plastic cover) by pulling on the handle.

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  • Locate hard drive on the top right-hand corner of the desktop.

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  • Rotate up plastic tab labeled "B" on the right hand side of hard drive.

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  • Detach both cables from the hard drive.

Notice the picture showing fingers pointing to the cables. The bay chamber wall stores four mushroom head screws for the second hard drive. If you replace an old drive out of PowerMac G5, remember to retrieve those mushroom head screws back and install them to the sides of the new drive.

Nienpo - Reply

This helped me, should be in the main instructions.

Petteri -

This helped me, should be in the main instructions.

Petteri - Reply

I've tried many times to remove this and my other misplaced comment duplicate, but here they'll stay apparently... you're free to delete them if you can.

Petteri -

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  • Pull out the hard drive out.

If your PowerMac G5 has two hard drives installed and you would like to replace the one in the upper bay (A bay), you have to remove the drive in the lower bay (B bay) first in order to have the space to allow the upper drive to "fall into."

There are three levels of "racks". The drive in the upper bay occupies the upper two levels. You will not notice this when you pull out the drive. It is only when you are going to insert a new drive into the upper bay (A bay) that you wonder how it goes. First, you insert the drive into the middle rack and push the drive toward the back of the bay. The middle rack will guide the drive and raise the inner half of the drive to the top rack level. Then, you insert the two side feet (the mushroom head screws) of the outer half of the drive into the top rack. Once it clicks into the position, it's done.

Nienpo - Reply

This helped me, should be in the main instructions.

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  • After hard drive is out, the space should look like this.

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Conclusion

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

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I don't see why you'd need to remove the plastic cover

Petteri - Reply

I've tried many times to remove this and my other misplaced comment duplicate, but here they'll stay apparently... you're free to delete them if you can.

Petteri -

REMOVE the plastic cover to avoid knocking it off in the process of working on the drive bays. (Just a precaution - kind of like not setting a glass of red wine on an elegant white table cloth.)

EyeSpye -

The Comments appended to these instructions are VERY helpful. If you read them you will save time, and avoid some of the mistakes I made - particularly with respect to the Drive mounting screws located to the left side of the drive installation bays, and the need to remove the bottom drive FIRST if you wish to access the top drive. THANKS for a great set of instructions.

EyeSpye - Reply

This was helpful! Excellent photographs and clear, simple instructions. Thanks, Jessica and iFixit!

I used these instructions to remove an additional hard drive while leaving the original hard drive in place. I did not know which one to remove, as the hard drives do not have side labels, so I guessed: the original drive was on top, the additional drive on the bottom. It might be helpful for other viewers to know what to do in a similar situation.

Cheers.

Sharine Borslien - Reply

Can I put my hard drive from my old black MacBook into one of these? Without anything messing up ?

ginjahmusic - Reply

Hello! Excellent guide! I do have a question, however.

Due to an upcoming move I am thinning out my possessions. I am stripping down many of my old Macs to sell them as "shells" (as in, I'm keeping the RAM and hard drives for myself to keep any sensitive information that might still be on them, and then selling the shells "as is", because it's this or the curb. I know a guy that can sell anything, why not make a few bucks?).

Bear in mind I am a production artist, not a computer tech, so my working knowledge of the guts in these things is kind of limited and learned-as-I-go.

In any case, I have removed all 8 of the RAM cards in my Power Mac G5, and the HD found in slot "B".

However, there is a drive in slot "A", although it's been too long and I can't remember what this drive is for!! And it seems impossible to take out, so...

My questions to anyone are: What is this drive for, does it pose an information risk if I leave it there, and if so, is there a way to remove it? Thank you in advance!

~Mary

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