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March 5, 2015
The factory Seagate 3tb hd died.
The iMac opening tool was perfect and the adhesive strips are top quality. The little blue tabs made it very easy to strip of the backing. They are also cut to fit perfectly, unlike the generic strips some companies sell.
I used an HGST enterprise 4tb drive. I've had great luck with the HGST drives. This machine has the Fusion drive. Disk Utility recognized the new drive and automatically reconfigured the Fusion to the new drive. No command line required.
Also used the OWC cable to enable the iMac to get drive temp to properly control fan speed.
February 3, 2015
December 22, 2014
The 5400 RPM HD that comes in the new tapered iMac 21.5" is too slow.
The adhesive strips come with a "pizza cutter" iMac opening tool so you should not have to order the iMac opening tool separately.
October 31, 2014
I repair my own and friends' and clients' computers, I needed to stock up on tools and supplies.
To quote Al Green's song: 'How can you mend a broken heart?" These tools didn't do it...
Yea. Don't ask a wiseacre like me for advice, I'll tell you to wear clean underwear in case you get in an accident.
October 30, 2014
We have encountered an issue with Apple's fusion drive, where if you work move masses amounts of files on a daily basis, the drive will come to a crawling halt. We have an identical iMac with SSD where this issue didn't happen. Replacing the Fusion Drive with an SSD - best move ever and a new lease of life for my iMac
Like any first time repair, your a little nervous especially when your using a tool to separate a screen from it's self, but the iMac cutter tool made this a lot easier than I feared and the guides were amazing!
Just buy the tools suggested and follow the video. Small investment which still comes out over half the price of an Apple SSD. Go ahead and replace the slower drive. You won't regret it! Just take your time on the repair, there is no rush. Just like cutting wood, measure twice cut once.
April 14, 2014
If your hard drive fails in a new iMac, Apple has a new way of "holding' their screens in - double sided tape. Gone is nice mechanical fasteners such as screws and the magnets.
Naturally you have one shot of pulling OUT the screen but the glue won't let you replace it. Get those from an Apple Store "No sir, you MUST BRING IT IN FOR REPAIR". A $70 hard drive ends up being $250 from Apple here in Australia. If you want to do it yourself Apple refuse to sell you the screen sealing tape to hold the lot back together - regardless if it was out-of-warranty.
It was sure nice to see iFixit has the sealing tape to fit.
I'm ready to go - just haven't done it yet but I have the tools, fixing and instructions.
Make sure you know what model iMac you have BEFORE opening it - finding out that you need special tools, fixing tapes etc. AFTER you open it will only delay your repair.
Review those great "fix it yourself' iFix-It, then get to work.
March 5, 2014
Bought a 2013 27" iMac for my daughters and they complaint about the computer freezing up. So, I decided to replace the mechanical drive with an ssd drive.
Using iFixit adhesive strips and iMac opening everything went smooth. I felt like an expert doing this. After applying the adhesive the screen looks factory installed.
Buy all equipment necessary for the project, take your time and watch the tutorials from iFixit.
January 28, 2014
We had an older 21" iMac bite the dust so we purchased a new 27" late 2013 build iMac but due to incompatibilities with Esko & HP DFE (Indigo) software we're not able to run Mavericks which came on the machine and needed to move backwards to Mountain Lion.
Apple has made it next to impossible to go backwards with the OS and it's been a total pain in the butt!
The process went very well and the directions from iFixIt were spot on! One word of advice... the new iMac is using "flash" storage not an SSD so there was really no need to open the unit.
But the process of cutting it open and sticking it back together isn't difficult at all, so don't be afraid to try it if you want to replace the hard drive on the basic machines that use them.
THE FIX: I used a hard drive dock with a spare drive I had on hand and install OS 10.8.5 on it. Then I booted the new iMac from that hard drive via the usb hard drive dock.
NEXT STEP: I used the Disk Utility app and erased the Mac HD flash storage, and then used my Mountain Lion thumb drive and installed the OS on the Mac's flash storage. The entire process took about 30 mins. and the iMac had zero problems running the older OS.
LAST STEP: I did a migration from the old 21" iMac using a Time Machine backup and "bam" all is right in my graphics world once again.