iMac Intel 21.5" (EMC 2544, 2638, and 2805) Adhesive Strips

$19.95

Product code: IF173-005

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iMac Intel 21.5" (EMC 2544, 2638, and 2805) Adhesive Strips

$19.95

Product code: IF173-005

Product Overview

Adhesive Strips for Every Repair

  • A complete set of replacement adhesive strips specifically cut to fit 21.5" iMacs from Late 2012 through Mid 2014.
  • The individual adhesive strips are labeled to indicate their correct location as shown in the replacement guides.
  • Kit includes one iMac Opening Tool.

The unique design of the 21.5" iMac requires the replacement of the adhesive strips whenever the display assembly is removed. Fortunately, these adhesive strips are actually a foam tape, easily cut with an iMac Opening Tool. Unfortunately, the display has to be removed every time anything needs to be replaced or upgraded inside the machine.

Compatibility

Identify your Mac

  • iMac Intel 21.5" (EMC 2544 Late 2012)
  • iMac Intel 21.5" (EMC 2638 Late 2013)
  • iMac Intel 21.5" (EMC 2805 Mid 2014)

Product Details

$19.95 Kit

 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

Standard warranty

$14.95 Strips Only

 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

Standard warranty

Notes:

This option does not include the iMac Opening Tool.

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Replacement Guides

iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2544

Difficulty: Moderate

iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2638

Difficulty: Moderate

iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2805

Difficulty: Moderate

 

Compatibility

iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2544
2.7 GHz (Core i5, Late 2012)
2.9 GHz (Core i5, Late 2012)
3.1 GHz (Core i7, Late 2012)
iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2638
2.7 GHz (Core i5, Late 2013)
2.9 GHz (Core i5, Late 2013)
3.1 GHz (Core i7, Late 2013)
iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2805
1.4 GHz (Core i5, Mid 2014)
 

Stories

My Problem

The original disk was very slow so decided to install SSD.

My Fix

Repair went smoothly, thanx to the iFixit repair guides and repair tools. Opened the iMac in 30 minutes, i was doing it slowly to not make any irreparable mistake. than changed the disk in 10 minutes. And it works like a charm now. Adhesive strips are very easy to replace, they are all labelled and you know where to place them easily.

My Advice

My advice is to be very careful to put the screen in the right position when putting it back on. Make sure to align it it bottom housing very good, i missed a millimetre or two so the screen is not in perfect position as it was when new. When you put the screen back there is no way to open the imac again without damaging the strips. Luckily its very hard to see the mistake, but anyway. Good luck :)

My Problem

I went cheap and did not choose the built in SSD when I purchased the iMac. Bad choice. The computer was really, really slow with the 1TB internal HD.

My Fix

Could not have gone smoother. Removing the old and applying the new adhesive strips was a bit time consuming, but not difficult.

My Advice

Machine is now lightning fast. Used a Samsung EVO 850 SSD. Also using Trim Enabler from cindori.org. This was money well spent and the guides were fantastic.

My Problem

Upgrade from 8G of ram to 16G.

My Fix

Repair went real smooth. It took some care getting the screen off, and some connections were tricky to get off and back on, but other than that everything worked out nicely. Putting the adhesive strips on was easy, if you follow the online instructions carefully.

My Advice

Take your time and if you have other mods, do them while you have the screen off. Also, make sure before putting the adhesive strips on that you test your iMac to make sure the memory installed was properly installed (turn on and make sure your iMac reads the proper ram installed).

My Problem

The drive it came with (1TB 5400 rpm) was painfully slow; took long to start up, slow opening of apps; noticeable delay in opening Finder windows. It felt no faster than the 2009 iMac it replaced. As an interim step, I ran it with the SSD in an external usb3 case, and this was an improvement. But my intent was always to put that SSD inside the iMac.

My Fix

It went well. I was very cautious about cable disconnection, having messed up a Mac mini once before by prying off the receptor from the motherboard. In this case, the pictorial guide makes it look like you just pull on the display power cable to unplug it, but when I started to do that it looked like the wires would separate from the connector. From another guide, I found that you pull from plastic tab, not the wires. The replacement adhesive strips were well-marked and easy to position.

My Advice

Take your time and go through each photo before doing the step. I recommend that you use the OtherWorld Computing video along with the iFixit guide, just to make sure you detach and replace cables correctly - you can see different things in each guide.

My Problem

The original Hitachi hardrive broke only after 2 years of use. I decided to replace the drive with a faster Seagate hybrid drive.

My Fix

Opening the iMac was easy. I used a guitar pick instead of the small pizza cutter, because I was on a tight schedule and the package hasn't arrived yet. Since the hardrive is the easiest part to remove, the replacement was quick. I was pleasantly surprised that Apple didn't use a separate fan control connector so even with the new Seagate hybrid drive my Computer would stay quiet. The placement of the tape strips used to seal the computer back up was also easy, the strips even allow for a second alignment if you failed to place them correctly the first time :P

My Advice

When closing the glass screen, press from the top corners of the glass towards the bottom of the computer(where the desk normally is) while you remove the last strips and close the glass lid. This should help you avoid the sub 1mm gap between the aluminium bottom edge and the bottom of the glass. It's nothing that anyone could notice in normal use, but it's a tiny bit bit different from the original.

My Problem

The 5400 RPM HD that comes in the new tapered iMac 21.5" is too slow.

My Fix

Picture perfect.

My Advice

The adhesive strips come with a "pizza cutter" iMac opening tool so you should not have to order the iMac opening tool separately.

My Problem

The EMC 2805 was available on Black Friday for only $800, but performance on this model was really a step down. Upgrading with a $79 250MB Samsung 840 EVO was my way to compensate.

My Fix

Absolutely smoothly. Step-by-step photos and instructions were really pretty ideal.

My Advice

With Yosemite and Boot Camp, this machine also makes a great Windows All-in-One. Performance index on Win7 x64 is 6.8, with limiting factor being integrated graphics. CPU is 6.9, RAM is 7.4 and SSD is 7.9 out of 7.9. Not bad for less than $900 total cost.

My Problem

Like most iMac users, we go into purchasing an iMac with the thought of future upgrades. With this computer, my work provided unit, it was definitely not up to par for what I needed. If you know anything about this iMac, you'll know this isn't an easy job to upgrade anything in. Thankfully I came across iFixit and they resolved all my confusion. I honestly didn't think I'd need the adhesive strips once I closed up the iMac, but let me be the first to tell you BUY THE ADHESIVE STRIPS if you plan on doing any internal upgrades to your iMac. I won't go into details, but I will tell you that I wish I would've bought the adhesive strips before I learned my lesson as to why they're so important. These adhesive strips work and I'm definitely impressed.

My Fix

The repair was fairly simply and easy. Just take your time and be cautious.

My Advice

Don't be too prideful. I've worked on many computers. Please please please take your time when working on this iMac. There's no turning back once you've broken something. Take your time. Be careful. Watch every video and read everything you can on assembly and disassembly.

My Problem

I bought a 2013 iMac and was disappointed with the factory installed 5400rpm 1 TB hard drive being so slow (I use solid state hard drives in my other systems and wasn't accustomed to such slow boot and access times). I decided to try out a hybrid hard drive looking to speed things up a bit.

My Fix

I have plenty of experience installing/changing hard drives, screens, anything computer related. I read much about the new iMacs being "non-user serviceable" and "unfriendly to modify". I prepped myself psychologically for opening up my new Imac. I didn't want to end up with something I could only sell for parts or use as an expensive paperweight.

I ordered the ifixit adhesive strip kit with the little cutting wheel tool for removal of the screen/display on late model (thin) 21.5" iMacs. I ordered a 1 TB seagate hybrid hard drive.

Step 1: Clone the original hard drive to the new hybrid drive using an external hard drive housing (docking station), usb connection and Carbon Copy Cloner.

Step 2: Follow the ifixit guide and complete each step in order. IT'S EASY! Just follow the steps, carefully remove the screen/display assembly and the hard drive is easily accessible. Install the new hard drive and reinstall the screen/display. I installed the hard drive and held the display in place temporarily by applying scotch tape to the four corners and taping it to the body. This allowed me to test the new hard drive prior to permanently applying the adhesive strips to the display. Everything works perfectly. The hybrid hard drive boots in half the time of the original hard drive (18 secs vs 35 secs) and access times when opening programs are noticeably faster.

Follow the ifixit guide step by step and be careful. The whole process from start to finish took no longer than the hard drive replacement in my 2008 iMac-less than an hour after cloning the hard drive.

EASY!

My Advice

Clone your hard drive first (if you can) and boot from it as an external drive so you know your system (hard drive) will boot when installed.

Put your system together temporarily, install the new hard drive and tape the display in place to make sure it boots properly.

Follow the ifixit guides carefully.

The process went so fast I forgot to take photos. The ifixit guide has them for each step.

My Problem

Purchased an iMac with the 3.1 GHz quad core i7 processor, 16 GB memory, Nvidia GeForce GT 750M graphics, and the standard 5400rpm 1 TB HDD. Wanted a 1TB SSD but wasn't an option in Apple's checkout, plus it was much cheaper to purchase separate. Went with a 1 TB Samsung 840 Evo for under $400 on Amazon, versus the build-to-order option from Apple being $500 for a 500 GB SSD.

My Fix

The process was easy and painless with the necessary tools and free detailed instructions from iFixIt.

My Advice

None. Worked perfectly! Thank you.