New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

Start a Discussion

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Apple Desktops Discussion of Apple's desktop machines including Mac Pro, iMac, Power Mac, and mini

iMac - HDD & DVD-RW Question For iMac G3

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

Thread Tools

Member Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posts: 13
youngwun0 is on a distinguished road

youngwun0 is offline
Hello all,

Now recently i have decided i want to upgrade my outdated imac g3 as the specs are ok but could do a bit better, I currently own a machine with the following specs:

Apple iMac G3 Indigo (Model: M5521)
Processor: 400 Mhz G3 PowerPc
320 MB Ram
10 GB hard drive
CD-ROM Drive
Network: 10/100 Ethernet
Modem: 56.6k
Wireless: Airport Ready
Ports: 2 USB + 2 Firewire
Display: 15" Color (13.8" viewable, .28 dp, 95 Hz-800 x 600).
Onboard Sound With Headphone Jack
Operating System: Mac O/S/X 10.3.4 And Mac O/S 9.2.2 Installed

Problem is as you may have noticed 10GB is the hard drive size and there is only a CD-ROM drive, I am thinking about as i said upgrading by buying both things used or new as long as it is working i prefer internal rather then external, i have learned alot within the past few months of having it BUT i am still unsure exactly what hard drive i am looking for and exactly what DVD-RW drive or at least CD-RW i am looking for and i don't want to make any mistakes by getting something that will not work, i was hoping maybe someone here could point me in the right direction as to what exactly am i looking for that will work with the imac g3 ?

Any help would deeply be appreciated.
QUOTE Thanks

Chilbear's Avatar
Member Since: Jun 14, 2007
Location: Toronto
Posts: 574
Chilbear is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: 2xiMac24 w Parallels 6 (1x White, 1x Aluminum), iPhone 3GS with iOS5

Chilbear is offline
You can do all of the above but a better question is why.

I also had one of these and after coaxing it into 7 years it gave up. Perhaps spending the money you will invest into a fresh(er) iMac makes more sense.

If you wish more info just ask. I have done both of the above years ago and "interesting" was an understatement. Go fresh and enjoy life.
QUOTE Thanks

Member Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posts: 13
youngwun0 is on a distinguished road

youngwun0 is offline
I wish i could to be honest bro but i have grown to like this old jug and would like it to be put to use even if it's for a short period, i could always use it for another machine if this one breaks down as well, all i know is that i do not have the kind of money for a fresh one I have done my research but i hear so many things i was hoping to get an answer from an expert (not that you aren't) as to what exactly it is i need to buy i don't know too much about sata and atari HDD's or slot loading dvd/cd trays and such or even that much about mac's for that matter :p
QUOTE Thanks

Tanner31593's Avatar
Member Since: Jan 28, 2007
Posts: 1,131
Tanner31593 has a spectacular aura about

Tanner31593 is offline
Ebay may be your best bet, everywhere else may have much higher prices.
For the CD drive,
As far as I know, I don't think that they make a DVD-RW drive for an iMac g3, or a CD-RW and DVD combo (someone else may correct me if i'm wrong)
As for prices, i searched ebay and for a CDRW it was more expensive than i expected, i didn't see much but most of them were $49.99 plus $12.99 shipping.
If you want DVD i found this on ebay ending in 6 days, it is $24.99 plus $9.99 shipping and it claims to be tested.

the iMac g3 uses an IDE hard drive. If you have an older PC, it most likely uses an IDE hard drive, so if you have an extra thats big enough you can put it in there. The iMac g3 will support up to 128gb without third party support. Again you could buy from ebay, or maybe try or may have them. Expect to pay from $50-125 depending on size and what not.

You could also buy a processor upgrade card. I have never used one of these and i really don't know much about them at all. You would still be able to use OS X with most of them. Try doing a google search and you can find more info.

You might also want to upgrade your VRAM if at all possible,
Look under about this mac and see how much you have,
Do a google search, VRAM is so cheap, you may want to max it out, the limit is either 8 or 6, you can also find that out on google. Its worth the extra $20 or so.


I've heard it is a royal pain to take apart the case,
So here is a guide

Towards the right you can download the file.

Hope everything works out,
and we hope to see your results.

QUOTE Thanks

Member Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posts: 13
youngwun0 is on a distinguished road

youngwun0 is offline
Thanks for the help bro, i was thinking ebay as well but didn't know what kind of HDD to look for or drive but now thanks to you i have a better idea and description, thanks again and i will post my results after hopefully very soon
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

« Mac Pro keeps crashing when using with KVM. where to start my investigation? | G3 Hard Drive Woes »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Starter
Last Post
external hdd question tylerboyo Other Hardware and Peripherals 12 12-24-2006 06:35 PM
Internal DVD burner question mosschops Other Hardware and Peripherals 2 01-29-2005 07:03 AM
iMac G5 - DVD question mikegold Switcher Hangout 5 01-17-2005 06:50 PM
Question Re DVD Studio Pro drbrad Movies and Video 2 01-08-2005 10:46 PM
Internal DVD Drive Question... SEKO-SAN! Apple Desktops 0 03-03-2004 12:23 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:11 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Welcome to

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!

(4 digit year)

Already a member?