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    After having one of my external drives tank, I'm renewed in thinkning of replacing/upgrading the internal HDD in my 3 y/o iMac. I have a WD Cavier Black 1TB in mind and wonder if the drive would be physically too big for the space? I have the first Gen Aluminum 24". I believe when we bought it, a 1TB drive was an option, though I can't be sure. I'd just like to know before I tear it down and find "square peg, round hole"

    Any help or additional pointers are always appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacDad77 View Post
    After having one of my external drives tank, I'm renewed in thinkning of replacing/upgrading the internal HDD in my 3 y/o iMac. I have a WD Cavier Black 1TB in mind and wonder if the drive would be physically too big for the space? I have the first Gen Aluminum 24". I believe when we bought it, a 1TB drive was an option, though I can't be sure. I'd just like to know before I tear it down and find "square peg, round hole"

    Any help or additional pointers are always appreciated.

    MacDad
    That 1TB drive will fit no problem...so no worries. The increased storage capacity of the 1TB is all done internally...not making the exterior dimensions any different from say a relatively small 80 gig drive.

    Also...if you're not familiar with how to do a internal HD replacement on your iMac...go to iFixit or give You Tube a search for various DIY videos.

    Hope this helps,

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    Thanks Nick. I've already bookmarked the how-to's
    Any suggestions for a drive similar to the native one in the iMac? I think it's a Hitachi. I had a WD Caviar Black in mind but a reviewer mentioned the drive was "loud".

    Also, I have asked and been told that when done replacing the drive and the comp is sewn up, I having already put the Leopard disk in prior, start up the Mac and hold down the "c" key and enter into a formatting mode- once that is done, I restore from Time Machine onto the new drive. Sound about right?

    I'm actually really looking forward to this!

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    when the reviewer said it was "loud", it doesnt mean it is.

    i read countless reviews on amazon before i bought my Hard drive, and i read countless "it makes a resonant noise in my macbook" or "it just whirrs constantly!" i bought it anyway and surprise surprise its exactly the same as the original, almost silent as a mouse.
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