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    iMac system crash

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    iMac system crash
    My iMac crashed twice in the last 2 weeks. The hard disk is dead I think. I was thinking of replacing it, but after seeing what it takes, I guess I will go the external drive way. I can't believe it is that difficult to replace an internal drive (i miss my pc). I am looking at buying an external drive and install osx on there. I know firewire is faster than usb, but will i really notice a huge difference if I use a usb ?
    Thanks for your help.

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    iMac system crash
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    You need to tell us the flavor of your Imac,which one it is. As you may not be able to boot from an external drive.

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    iMac system crash
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    Specs:
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.10.5
    And if it is a PowerPC iMac USB, even USB2 will simply not work. Should have purchased a tower as you can now appreciate there is a huge price to pay for the glossy compact machines.

    Difficult to replace HDD and optical drives, can't upgrade graphics, not so easy adding more memory and severe limitations etc.

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    iMac system crash

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    I'm sorry I should have been more specific.
    It's the 20inch Intel iMac. Bought it new in February 2008.
    Does that help ?

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    iMac system crash
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    Specs:
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.10.5
    Replacing a Hard Drive in an Intel iMac

    Not a very nice job at all. As stated iMacs look nice and glossy but have severe limitations.

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