Introduction

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

Tools

No tools required.

Parts

No parts required.

  1. 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 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.

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

  3. 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.
    • 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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  5. Remove the air deflector (the clear plastic cover) by pulling on the handle. Remove the air deflector (the clear plastic cover) by pulling on the handle. Remove the air deflector (the clear plastic cover) by pulling on the handle.
    • Remove the air deflector (the clear plastic cover) by pulling on the handle.

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

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

  8. Detach both cables from the hard drive. Detach both cables from the hard drive.
    • Detach both cables from the hard drive.

  9. Pull out the hard drive out. Pull out the hard drive out.
    • Pull out the hard drive out.

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

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

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