Introduction

Upgrade your hard drive for more storage space.

Image 1/1: Remove the two Phillips screws securing the access door to the bottom grille of your iMac.
  • Orient the iMac face-side down on a table with the bottom edge facing yourself.

  • Remove the two Phillips screws securing the access door to the bottom grille of your iMac.

  • The screws are captive in the access door.

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

As you remove the screws during these steps, place them on a towel or a piece of cardboard. With a Sharpie label a piece of masking tape with the step number from which they were taken from. Then place the removed screws under the tape.

This ongoing step will aid in you having control on your reassembly without searching for and identifying the size and length all the screws that you are about to remove.

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  • Remove the access door.

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  • Remove the three T8 Torx screws securing the front bezel to the rear case along the lower edge of the iMac.

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Image 1/2: Use your thumbs to press both RAM arms in past the front bezel for enough clearance to lift it off the rear case. Image 2/2: Use your thumbs to press both RAM arms in past the front bezel for enough clearance to lift it off the rear case.
  • Turn the computer over.

  • Use your thumbs to press both RAM arms in past the front bezel for enough clearance to lift it off the rear case.

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  • While holding the RAM arms in with your thumbs, lift the lower edge of the front bezel enough to clear the rear case.

you might have more luck by gently leveraging the stand up

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Image 1/3: Insert a plastic card up into the corner of the air vent slot near the top of the rear case. Image 2/3: Push the card toward the top of the iMac to release the front bezel latch. Image 3/3: Pull the front bezel away from the rear case.
  • Re-orient your iMac so it sits upright on the stand.

  • Insert a plastic card up into the corner of the air vent slot near the top of the rear case.

  • Push the card toward the top of the iMac to release the front bezel latch.

  • Pull the front bezel away from the rear case.

  • Repeat this process for the other side of the front bezel.

  • It may be necessary to apply several layers of duct tape to the top of the access card to aid in releasing the latches.

  • If the bezel refuses to release, try pressing the lower edge back onto the rear case and repeat this opening process.

  • Alternatively, you can use a strong magnet by holding it to the front top left/right corner of the display. You will hear a snapping sound when the hatch is released.

If it still does not release try pressing in and out (like an accordion) with the card in one hand and the screen bezel in the other until it pops loose.

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Image 1/1: Lift the front bezel from its lower edge and rotate it away from the rest of your iMac, minding the RAM arms that may get caught.
  • Lay your iMac stand-side down on a table.

  • Lift the front bezel from its lower edge and rotate it away from the rest of your iMac, minding the RAM arms that may get caught.

  • Lay the front bezel above the rest of the iMac.

My A1145 seems to be attached, somehow, on the top via some silver looking strips. It does not seems to want to come off. Is that the wireless?

Chris Arnold - Reply

NO they are clamps on each of the top inside corners of the outside bezel (frame ) if you use a Heavy Spudger Tool & pry not too hard just slightly between the bezel (side) and the display (side) this should pop each off usually by just popping one or the other sides the second will automatically pop as well.

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  • If necessary, remove the piece of kapton tape wrapped around the microphone and camera connectors.

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  • Disconnect both the camera and microphone cables.

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Image 1/1: It is not necessary to peel the lower EMI shield off the display.
  • Peel the lower EMI shield off the lower edge of the iMac and off the two vertical 4" sections on either side of the iMac.

  • It is not necessary to peel the lower EMI shield off the display.

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  • Tape the lower EMI shield up against the face of the display to keep it out of the way while you work.

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  • Remove the two T6 Torx screws securing the display data cable connector to the logic board.

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  • To disconnect the display data cable, grab its connector's black tab and pull it away from the face of the logic board.

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Image 1/1: During reassembly, it is helpful to use several small strips of tape to hold the EMI shielding along the left and right edges of the display footprint out of the way before lowering the display into the rear case of your iMac.
  • Peel back the two EMI tape strips from the left and right edges of the display.

  • During reassembly, it is helpful to use several small strips of tape to hold the EMI shielding along the left and right edges of the display footprint out of the way before lowering the display into the rear case of your iMac.

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Image 1/2: Bit drivers tend to be too short to reach these screws. Be sure to have a magnetic thin-shafted T10 Torx screwdriver on hand. Image 2/2: Bit drivers tend to be too short to reach these screws. Be sure to have a magnetic thin-shafted T10 Torx screwdriver on hand.
  • Remove the four recessed T10 Torx screws securing the display to the rear case.

  • Bit drivers tend to be too short to reach these screws. Be sure to have a magnetic thin-shafted T10 Torx screwdriver on hand.

When I removed the 4 screws, my bit wasn't magnetic enough to pick them out and they fell in. I could only retrieve 2 of them. Have a strong magnetic bit! Lucky for me, I was only using this guide to remove the hard drive so I could recycle my old computer.

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Image 1/1: Disconnect both inverter cables (shown in red) by pulling their connectors toward the bottom edge of your iMac.
  • Lift the lower edge of the display slightly out of the rear case.

  • Disconnect both inverter cables (shown in red) by pulling their connectors toward the bottom edge of your iMac.

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Image 1/1: Disconnect the remaining two inverter cables (shown in red) by pulling their connectors toward the top edge of your iMac.
  • Lift the display until it is nearly perpendicular to the rear case.

  • Disconnect the remaining two inverter cables (shown in red) by pulling their connectors toward the top edge of your iMac.

Steps 17 and 18 are not strictly necessary if one simply props up the LCD display into a vertical position while the hard drive is removed and replaced. It worked for me anyway!

I would like to send out a big thank you to Andrew Bookholt for submitting this extremely helpful guide!

Mark Orwoll

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Prop the screen with something soft (plastic or wood) so as not to scratch the screen coating.

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  • While holding the display perpendicular to the rear case, pull it upward to peel off the EMI shield stuck to its upper edge.

If you are changing the power supply - this is a good point to remove the screws to the old power supply to see if the connectors (both of them) are accessible. If you can gently (but firmly) pull the power connector out from under the chassis, you can install the new unit at this step - saving hours of work.

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See note to step 44 to easyly remove the power supply without dismantling the whole computer (as also suggested by philaro).

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  • Disconnect the hard drive thermal sensor from the logic board by pulling its connector toward the top edge of your iMac.

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  • Remove the two T10 Torx screws securing the hard drive bracket to the inverter.

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Image 1/1: When reinstalling your hard drive, make sure not to push the rubber grommets through the chassis with the hard drive mounting pins as retrieving them may require removing the logic board.
  • Lift the left edge of the hard drive slightly, then pull it toward the left edge of the iMac.

  • When reinstalling your hard drive, make sure not to push the rubber grommets through the chassis with the hard drive mounting pins as retrieving them may require removing the logic board.

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Image 1/1: Disconnect the SATA data cable by pulling its connector away from the hard drive.
  • Rotate the hard drive out of the rear case.

  • Disconnect the SATA data cable by pulling its connector away from the hard drive.

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Image 1/1: Remove the hard drive from the iMac.
  • Disconnect the SATA power cable by pulling its connector away from the hard drive.

  • Remove the hard drive from the iMac.

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Image 1/2: Remove the hard drive bracket. Image 2/2: Remove the hard drive bracket.
  • Remove the two T8 Torx screws securing the hard drive bracket to the connector side of the hard drive.

  • Remove the hard drive bracket.

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  • Remove the two T8 Torx pins from the side of the hard drive.

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  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the hard drive thermal sensor off the adhesive securing it to the hard drive.

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Conclusion

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

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When I removed the 4 screws, my bit wasn't magnetic enough to pick them out and they fell in. I could only find 2 of them. Luckily, I was only using this guide to help me remove the hard drive before I recycled my old computer. Make sure to have a strong magnetic bit!

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