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zacster

 
Member Since: Jun 07, 2006
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Mac Specs: Intel iMac 20" Core Duo 256mb VRam 115gb SSD 2gb Ram Finally!!!

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I just had the same problem with the same machine, except that my drive made a clicking sound just to make sure I understood it was dead. However, when I tried it 2 weeks later after vacation, it started up again. I had already ordered an SSD to replace it so rather than take a chance on the old drive I replaced it.

Let me tell ya, this thing screams now. I installed a 115gb OWC Mercury Extreme (just like HarryB above). I selected 40 apps to open and had them open simultaneously and it took maybe 10 seconds.

I can't say that I'd recommend you do it yourself like I did unless you are comfortable working on electronics. Not that it is difficult, but you don't want to end up with a disassembled computer that you can't put back together. The main difficult parts are more mechanical than electrical anyway: Removing the cover and removing the shielding.
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