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how hard is it to change hard drive on imac


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i might be getting a 24 inch I mac model ID 8,1 with a 320 gb HD i will problably up grade the HD to a 1 or 2 TB HD 7200 rpm is this harder to do then a macbook or is it something you bring it to a tech to do? next question is OWC says i can upgrade to 6 GB ram that would be a 4 gb Module and a 2 GB module apple says to keep the memory even in each slot its got the factory 4 gb of ram now is it worth upgradeing the ram? and can it harm it if I use a 4GB and a 2 gb I do not know much and I am learning everything I know from you guys and so far i have gotten good feed back if there is anything I am missing on these upgrades please let me know it has a 2.8 processor model id is 8,1 and i think but i can be wrong its a late 2007 or early 2008 I am gettting what I think is a good deal on this so any help or suggestions would be helpful thanks jim
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Unless you have a set of industrial strength suction cups, harder than you could possibly imagine. Let your local Apple store do that.

As for your memory

Besides having a hard time reading your question because of the punctuation issues, as far as I understand, it shouldn’t harm your computer, but don’t take my word for that because I’m not quite sure what you’re asking.

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The iMac you're intending to buy is an early 2008 model which can accept a maximum of 6 GB system memory. 1 x 4 GB + 1 x 2 GB modules.

And as Printerman says, changing the hard drive in any iMac is a fairly difficult job as the entire front panel and display must first be removed to access the inside of the machine. You'll need at least two suction cups and a set of torx drivers.

You can do the job yourself by following the instructions given at iFixit: The free repair manual. They also sell the suction cups and torx drivers.
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i just got the mac can i do a systym retore with my 2010 macbook pro disks or do i have to use the 10.5 disk that came with it then add a new copy of snow leopard also thanks on the HD advice i think i am going to pay the 95.00 labor to have it installed i was thinking 7200 rpm 1tb any suggestions?
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