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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Feb 09, 2008
    Hardware question
    First time Mac owner here. Just bought a 500mhz iMac today! I'm so excited! I'm really impressed at how well the 500mhz/512mb RAM handle themselves, especially 7 years later!

    Anyways, my question is this. If I want to swap out my hard drive, do I need to get a special kind of hard drive? Or will any old IDE I have work? 20 gigs probably isn't going to cut it... What about the cd-rom? I know it's slot load, so if I want to do too much to it I'll have to hack the case a bit (with a saw).

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    The Vindicat3d's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 05, 2007
    Black MacBook- 2.2GHz, 1gb RAM, 160GB, Double-Layer Superdrive.
    I believe any HDD will work as long as it is compatible with you Macs connections and is the right size and what not. Try great site!

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    fearlessfreap24's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 09, 2005
    Near San Diego, CA
    MacBook Pro 13" | MacBook Pro 13" | Mac Mini 2GHz C2D
    any old ide hdd will do. make sure you have the start up discs for your OS so that you can format the hdd on start up and then install the OS.

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    Dec 22, 2006
    Texas, where else?
    15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '14 1.8 i7 8GB 10.11; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.11; 6S
    I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
    In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.

  5. #5

    Member Since
    Feb 09, 2008
    Alright, hold on, according to that link you just sent me (thanks btw, lots of stuff I didn't know) there's an external VGA port... I'm pretty sure there's not!

  6. #6

    Member Since
    Mar 30, 2004
    12" Apple PowerBook G4 (1.5GHz)
    I believe that the machine is old enough to hit the 128GB IDE limit, though. So you may want to keep that in mind.

    I'm pretty sure there's not!
    If it's a 500MHz iMac, then there is...unless someone's ripped it out with pliers!

  7. #7

    Member Since
    Feb 09, 2008
    Holy crap... How did I miss that?

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