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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 ?
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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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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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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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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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