What hard drive for 24" iMac?

Juliesinar

Active Member
Hi,

Can anyone advise what type of hard drive i need for a 24" iMac?

My mother's 24" iMac would not boot so we ended up taking it to the Apple store, where a hardware test was done, and the hard drive had failed, everything else was OK.

I was hoping the Apple Store could install a replacement drive, but they said as it was over 5 years old they could not do any repairs on it, they advised contacting independent Apple sellers to see if they would replace the hard drive.

Today i contacted two, one said as it was a vintage machine they would not touch it, another did reluctantly say they would take a look at it, but after initially quoting around £200, they went on to say that it might cost over £300, and they tried to sell her a new one.

Initially I was not confident it was something I could do myself, but given that nobody else will do it, i've decided to give it a go, i've checked out web sites and youtube videos, it seems a bit daunting, but not impossible.

I'm looking for a hard drive of around 320GB, I don't want to spend a great deal, in case i bodge the upgrade.

Suggestions, or a link to suitable model appreciated
 

MacrosTheBlack

Well-known Member
Shouldn't be too hard to replace yourself if you're reasonable confident. Check out the iFixit website for a guide. You need to know the EMC number to match the model. it's normally written on the bottom of the stand. https://www.ifixit.com/Device/iMac_Intel_24%22

Get one of these to take the front of the screen off: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0036W70BG

Recommended replacement hard drive. Might as well get 1TB as 500GB is only a few pounds cheaper: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0088PUEPK

However, if you can afford it I'd strongly advise going for an SSD drive for a massive performance increase. In which case 500GB is a good choice for £100: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00FXJWO5C

Might also need a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter to mount the SSD: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009EO1UQ6
 

Juliesinar

Active Member
Shouldn't be too hard to replace yourself if you're reasonable confident. Check out the iFixit website for a guide. You need to know the EMC number to match the model. it's normally written on the bottom of the stand. https://www.ifixit.com/Device/iMac_Intel_24%22

Get one of these to take the front of the screen off: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0036W70BG

Recommended replacement hard drive. Might as well get 1TB as 500GB is only a few pounds cheaper: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0088PUEPK

However, if you can afford it I'd strongly advise going for an SSD drive for a massive performance increase. In which case 500GB is a good choice for £100: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00FXJWO5C

Might also need a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter to mount the SSD: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009EO1UQ6
Thanks for the information, I recently upgraded my old white macbook"s hard drive to an SSD, its much faster now, whereas before it was unsuable. I have an 27" iMac, and if i get up the courage i want to replace it's hard drive with a 1TB ssd, but i think for my Mum a regular hard drive would be fine.
 

MacrosTheBlack

Well-known Member
Thanks for the information, I recently upgraded my old white macbook"s hard drive to an SSD, its much faster now, whereas before it was unsuable. I have an 27" iMac, and if i get up the courage i want to replace it's hard drive with a 1TB ssd, but i think for my Mum a regular hard drive would be fine.
Honestly even for your Mum, SSD is a good idea. Brings an older Mac performance up for a very reasonable cost. Plus if you're going to the effort of opening it up. Might as well stick something decent in it. That's my recommendation for you anyway.

Yes do the same with the iMac 27" but you might well need a special cable to get round that models thermal sensor built into the drive. Check on iFixIt for your model and if you need a cable here's the link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BMRV89W
 

Juliesinar

Active Member
Honestly even for your Mum, SSD is a good idea. Brings an older Mac performance up for a very reasonable cost. Plus if you're going to the effort of opening it up. Might as well stick something decent in it. That's my recommendation for you anyway.

Yes do the same with the iMac 27" but you might well need a special cable to get round that models thermal sensor built into the drive. Check on iFixIt for your model and if you need a cable here's the link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BMRV89W

I think you are 100% right, SSD is a very good idea, but i'm struggling to convince my Mum of that, we had discussed what she might do if this computer was not repairable, she said she would get new iMac, at length i explained the advantages of going for one with a SSD drive, or at least a fusion drive, but she was determined just a basic hard drive would do.

She uses an iPad 99% of the time, maybe only using her iMac a five or ten minutes a week, to print the odd photo, she might spend weeks not even turning it on, but i still think a SSd would be better.

Thanks for the info about what i need for the my 27" iMac, hopefully a successful outcome with my Mum's old 24" will give me the confidence to give the upgrade a go.
 

Juliesinar

Active Member
If all your mum does is print occasionally from the iMac, then maybe you should just spend the money on an AirPrint printer then and your mum can print directly from her iPad?
I did suggest that, but she wants a computer.

Anyway, I replaced the hard drive yesterday, and now it's working perfectly, it was easier than I thought it would be :)
 

malk

Well-known Member
Nice one!!
It is a bit daunting, but once you get going, its really a case of undoing screws, then putting them back in the correct order!!
 

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