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Can I put an EIDE hard drive in an iMac G3 tray loading?


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#1 iMacg3

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Posted 24 January 2017 - 10:25 AM

Hello

I have an iMac G3 tray loading that I still use now and then. I was wondering if I could put in a 80GB EIDE 3.5" hard drive, then partition the drive  to 8gb and reinstall OS X 10.3.9, then use XPostFacto to get to 10.4.11. Currently it is running 10.4.11 with XPostFacto.

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Posted 24 January 2017 - 04:28 PM

Yes, it can be done, but it is not for someone who is potentially squeamish about opening up computers...and it will be NOTHING like opening up your typical Windows PC tower. And keep in mind that working around CRTs that might have some of the interior CRT elements exposed can be dangerous.

Here is a page that addresses the issue overall:

http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/imac//faq/imac-g3-hard-drive-upgrade-replacement-instructions.html

And here is a page with a guide for doing it:

https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iMac+G3+Model+M4984+Hard+Drive+Replacement/1563

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Posted 25 January 2017 - 12:00 PM

I've replaced the RAM in the Mac before and upgraded it to 512MB, so I'm not scared to open up the computer. Thanks for the guide on the hard drive.


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Posted 26 January 2017 - 12:54 AM

Glad to help.




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