Der Einbau einer zweiten Festplatte in den iMac hat viele Vorteile, wie z.B. eine höhere Geschwindigkeit, mehr Speicherplatz und weniger Aufregung beim Installieren von neuer Software. Diese Anleitung zeigt dir, wie du eine zweite Festplatte anstelle des optischen Laufwerks einbauen kannst.

  1. Löse die einzelne Kreuzschlitzschraube in der Mitte der Zugangsklappe.
    • Löse die einzelne Kreuzschlitzschraube in der Mitte der Zugangsklappe.

    • Diese unverlierbare Schraube verbleibt an der Zugangsklappe.

    • Entferne die Zugangsklappe von deinem iMac.

    PH2 head necessary to remove screw.

    airshack - Antwort

    • Die Glasscheibe ist mit vierzehn Magneten rund um den Frontrahmen befestigt.

    • Befestige zwei Saugheber in gegenüberliegenden Ecken der Glasscheibe.

    • Um die Saugheber, die wir verkaufen, zu befestigen, musst du den Saugheber erst mit dem beweglichen Griff parallel zur Glasscheibe aufsetzen. Drücke ihn leicht gegen die Glasscheibe und kippe den beweglichen Hebel, bis er parallel zum anderen Hebel steht.

    • Wenn der Saugheber nicht gut haftet, dann reinige sowohl die Glasscheibe, als auch den Saugheber mit einem milden Reinigungsmittel.

    Save $15 dollars and use a plunger. Works perfectly.

    Michael Ybarra - Antwort

    Even better and more elegant: go to a household shop and buy two transparent plastic bathroom baskets with two suction cups each. I found them in Xenos in the Netherlands (maybe also in Germany).

    freed - Antwort

    Perhaps not so elegant but equally effective without any adverse effects to either... try a vacuum cleaner.

    Andrew Dobson - Antwort

    • Ziehe die Glascheibe vorsichtig gerade vom iMac weg.

    • Die Glascheibe besitzt um ihren äußeren Rand verteilt einige Positionierungsstifte. Vermeide es, diese abzubrechen und bewege die Glasscheibe beim Ausbau nur senkrecht nach oben.

    • Reinige das LCD und das Innere der Glasscheibe vor dem Zusammenbau akribisch. Jeder innen eingeschlossene Fingerabdruck oder jedes Staubkorn wird sonst störend sichtbar, wenn das Display angeschaltet ist.

    The glass panel is somewhat thin and should come away quite easily without much force so be gentle.

    adamngordon - Antwort

    Just an FYI - my glass panel did not line up perfectly when reinstalled. Off by just 1mm. May take another attempt at it later, but does not interfere with the iSight camera. Only someone with an eagle-eye (like me) will notice it's not perfect.

    ajpfl - Antwort

    To reinstall the glass, I lined up the bottom edge first, then pivoted the top in. The magnets pulled it quickly into place.

    Magnus Dalen - Antwort

    I didn't want to use such small suction cups.. so I got suction bathroom handles from Home Depot. Very sturdy and to me, safer choice.

    Gail - Antwort

    • Entferne folgende zwölf Schrauben, welche die Frontblende am rückwärtigen Gehäuse befestigen:

      • Acht 13 mm T8 Torx Schrauben

        • Es können auch sechs 13 mm T8 Torx Schrauben und zwei 25 mm T8 Torx Schrauben sein

      • Vier 25 mm T8 Torx Schrauben

        • Es können auch zwei 25 mm Schrauben (außen) und zwei 35 mm T8 Torx Schrauben (innen) sein

    I only had two 25 mm T8 Torx on my model. (The two inner orange circles as shown in the diagram.)

    stevejansen - Antwort

    I don't know if this is different but i am in the process of disassembling a 24' imac emc: 2134. i have only: (2) 25 mm T8 screws the inner two on the bottom of the screen. I have (4) 13 mm t8 screws the outer most holes on the bottom and the 2 holes on the right side of the monitor above the drive entrance and the remaining holes are (6) 11 mm t8 screws

    ccarter314 - Antwort

    I have the same screws as ccarter on a 2211 except on the bottom row there are only 4 screws total, the longer ones go in the middle two.

    maccentric -

    The Torx set I bought from ifixIt is well worth the money. My screw heads in this step were T9 not T8. THe T8 bit was too sloppy in the screwhead and there was a risk of rounding the slots. Having the option to go a size-up was perfect.

    Troy - Antwort

    My 2211 has a different screw configuration.

    2 - 32mm long screws towards the middle of the bottom edge

    4 - 18mm long screws (2 at the corners of the bottom edge and 2 along the right edge)

    6 - 13mm screws along top and left edges

    christian - Antwort

    Mine is the same — two very long, four medium, and six short. Also my T9 worked better than my T8 which was a bit loose.

    johann beda -

    I have the same screws as Christian. The key is to make sure all screws are flush to the surface, so that the glass can be held up by the magnets.

    Kelvin Lau - Antwort

    On mine, for the red circles, I had the six 13mm Torx plus two 25mm Torx. It's not indicated in the picture here, but the 25mm Torx went on either side of the optical drive.

    JD Fox Micro - Antwort

    I marked next to each hole with a pencil "S, M or L" to indicate which length screw goes where. No guess work on reassembly.

    Magnus Dalen - Antwort

    • Die Frontblende ist mit dem iMac immer noch über das Mikrofonkabel verbunden.

    • Hebe die Frontblende vorsichtig an der Oberkante aus dem rückwärtigen Gehäuse. Es hilft, wenn du dabei ganz sanft mit den Daumen auf die Ecken des Displays drückst.

    • Wenn die Oberkante der Frontblende weg vom rückwärtigen Gehäuse ist, dann drehe die Frontblende in Richtung des Standfußes und entferne sie aus dem rückwärtigen Gehäuse.

    • Beim Einbau der Frontblende solltest du an der Unterkante beginnen. Achte daruf, dass sie bündig mit dem rückwärtigen Gehäuse ist, bevor du die Oberkante in den iMac herablässt.

    The microphone cable must be disconnected BEFORE rotating the bezel towards the stand.

    Also, the bezel covers the sides of the case, not just the front. This isn't obvious from the pictures.

    wallace - Antwort

    Looking at the meaning of the LEDS

    i've got 3 LEDS on but i don't get a chime or the screen.

    i am going to check the inverter voltages but can only find info for the 20" macs iMac Intel 20" EMC 2210 Power Supply Output Voltage Test

    does anyone know where i can get info for the 24"

    samraby - Antwort

    i have the same thing, 3 LEDs on but no chime and no screen.

    what is the fix? and problem?

    Bill -

    I'm in the same position. 3 LED's, No chime, no life in the screen, Optical drive starts up but no other signs of life i.e.:fans also don't start up.....

    Any guidance would be greatly appreciated!!

    Dominik - Antwort

    • Löse das Mikrofonkabel ab. Entferne dazu das Klebeband, falls notwendig.

    • Damit die Frontblende wieder richtig passt, musst du darauf achten, dass das Mikrofonkabel und der Stecker in den freien Raum in der Nähe der Kameraplatine gesteckt wird.

    I didn't disconect the cable. I was working on a large table that allowed me to carefully flip the bezel upside down and rest it that way with the cable connected through the entire process.

    fulker - Antwort

    I also skipped disconnecting the microphone cable. I have a large table and I stacked some books next to the iMac. There was plenty of cable for the bezel to fold nicely over the top of the iMac.

    mikkorongas - Antwort

    I needed to move the bezel away, so disconnected the cable. On reassembly found that the pins had pulled out of the plastic housing. Need to know orientation of the 3 wires in the housing.

    prreitz - Antwort

    I used the floor instead of a table and left the cable connected.

    Frank Carrano - Antwort

    • Trennt den Temperatursensor des LCD ab, indem du seinen Stecker gerade aus seinem Anschluss auf dem Logic Board ziehst.

    • Falls nötig musst du das Kabel des LCD Temperatursensors hinter dem Logic Board hervorholen.

    The temp sensor on my EMC2134 is located underneath the LCD and the cable is not very long. I propped up the LCD to facilitate removal.

    Pierre Scerri - Antwort

    I got an error for the LCD thermal sensor(4sns/1/40000000: TLOP-130.000), and now the fan runs full tilt all the time! I guess I may have damaged the cable...

    morgandan - Antwort

    there are two connections together; picture does not make that clear or which one to remove.

    jay - Antwort

    You have to be extremely careful when pulling out the LCD Temp connection as it doesn't want to come easy. I almost pulled the entire connection off the logic board using too much force. I therefore, used a pair of hemostats to grab the male end (the very top of the connector) and used a small screwdriver to hold the base of the connection in-place (female end attached to the logic board) in order to pull the connector apart.

    tpolak - Antwort

    There apparently is a variant of the EMC2134, like Pierre Scerri said. It has its LCD temp sensor underneath the LCD; the thin wires are about 5 in / 13 cm long and taped to the back of the LCD, and only about 2 in free, so lift the LCD gently.

    There is a connector on the place where the LCD temp connector is on the iFixit photo, but in this variant it is marked 'CPU FAN' and there is no reason to disconnect it.

    The logic boards in my computer are black, not blue.

    goosveen - Antwort

    • Entferne die beiden 5,3 mm Torx T6 Schrauben, welche das Displaydatenkabel am Logic Board befestigen.

    When they assembled my imac, they forgot to put the two torx screws in. Saved me about 10 seconds. The cable was quite secure and easily popped on and off.

    ljheppner - Antwort

    I used surgical tweezers to put place these two tiny screws back in without dropping them into the computer.

    Magnus Dalen - Antwort

    In my situation, the T6 (fixit's version) got the screw stripped. I'm eyeing the screws with suspicions. It's way too tight than necessary that I have difficulty to unscrew it. Will add comment if I ever get successful to get it out somehow.

    xa0s - Antwort

    Okay. It was extremely difficult. I had to use precision screw (1.4 m/m). It worked on one of the screw. The other one... I was forced to use a hexagon bit at 1.5 size to a success with extreme precision and careful maneuver. I just hope nobody else experiences this as much as I have. Good luck.

    xa0s - Antwort

    • Löse den Stecker am Displaydatenkabel aus seinem Anschluss auf dem Logic Board, indem du seine Plastiklasche zu dir, weg vom iMac ziehst.

    For my 2134 iMac, I ended up just (carefully) putting my fingers on the edges of the little board and (gently) pulling up. Did the trick for me (I couldn't get anything to happen when I pulled up on the plastic tab, which I did also have trouble finding purchase on)

    Emmett Framson - Antwort

    Same for me :just pull upwards with your nails on both edges.

    thierry28722 - Antwort

    • Lege den iMac so auf den Tisch, bevor du das LCD ausbaust, damit es nicht herausfallen kann.

    • Entferne die acht 12 mm Torx T8 Schrauben, welche das Display am rückwärtigen Gehäuse befestigen.

    • Hebe die rechte Seite des Displays ein paar Zentimeter aus dem iMac heraus.

      • Hebe das LCD noch nicht ganz heraus, es ist immer noch an innere Bauteile angeschlossen.

    In the photo it appears you're lifting it from its right edge. Sue


    suewclark - Antwort

    When you fit the LCD back be aware that the microphone cable may be hidden between it and the case and make sure it's free. I had to back track a few stages when I couldn't find it.

    suewclark - Antwort

    My T9 bit fits better than my T8 bit.

    johann beda - Antwort

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    • Während das LCD angehoben ist, kannst du das LCD Kabel nach unten abziehen.

    • Das LCD Kabel ist an der Unterseite des Netzteils angeschlossen. Achte darauf, dass deine Finger keinen elektrischen Schlag von den Kondensatoren erhalten.

    • Beim Zusammenbau geht es leichter, wenn du das Netzteil erst ausbaust, dann den LCD Versorgungsstecker einsteckst und das Netzteil wieder einbaust.

      • Eine andere Möglichkeit ist, das LCD Versorgungskabel am LCD abzulösen und nicht am Netzteil.

    I was unable to disconnect the LCD cable, possibly due to fear of breaking the connector. I was able to swap drives with it connected. The iMac was placed on its rear cover on a large table, leaving plenty of workspace to rotate the LCD panel to the left side while still connected. The screen will lay at an angle on the case edge. I verified the LCD cable was clear of the case endue and not pinched.

    This also avoids going near high power capacitors with your fingers.

    stevejansen - Antwort

    I found it easier to disconnect the LCD cable at the LCD end after lifting the black tape.

    Pierre Scerri - Antwort

    Fully agree. Easiest is to remove cable from LCD in stead of trying to pull it off the board

    Rik Veldhuizen -

    Remove cable from the LCD Display not the board

    Fully agree with others. It is easiest is to remove cable from LCD display instead of trying to pull it off the board. It comes off the board very easily, but it is difficult to put it back onto the board. It is easier to snap the cable bad onto the LCD Display itself.

    ToddR -

    I could not get the LCD power cable disconnected from the board - it is on really hard and there is no way to leverage it off without breaking something. My solution was to leave the screen attached and rotate it away from the work area/computer (granted you need a work surface that is large enough and a soft surface to place the screen on). If you try this method, be careful that you keep clear of the screen during the remaining steps - should not be hard.

    It seemed that if I ever got the connection unplugged, there would be no way to get it back under and re-attached properly.

    This is probably the toughest step of the entire process that needs a workaround.

    ljheppner - Antwort

    On re-assembly, Have something ready to rig the display! reconnecting the lcd cable is the most difficult step in the whole procedure

    bootsch - Antwort

    I agree with the previous poster, this is indeed the most challenging part. I ended up removing the screws for the IC board that this connector connects to. This allowed me to pull the board up an extra inch and plug in properly. 4 screws, 120 seconds, done.

    orders651 - Antwort

    As said previously, reconnecting the data cable is really difficult and I managed to bend a pin. Thanks to good support from ifixit staff I managed to bend it back - not sure how as it's so small. Unscrewing the IC board is a good idea. If I ever had to do this again I would avoid disconnecting this cable and just move it out of the way, or disconnect it at the other end as previously suggested.

    suewclark - Antwort

    LIke others mentioned, this was the most difficult step because of the awkward angle. Working alone I managed to get it off but found it much harder to line it up properly for reattachment. What I ended up doing was getting someone to hold the the LCD (resting on the left side, perpendicular to the iMac which was laying down) and I removed the 4 screws that hold the power supply in place. Removing those screws allowed me to lift the power supply a couple inches which made it so much easier to reattach. I wish I had done that when I was trying to remove the cable during disassembly. Good luck!

    alexflood - Antwort

    This was near impossible to remove as there is no room to grip the connector and no easy way to wedge something in there to help remove it. I felt like giving up but the hard drive removal and swap was so easy you just need to get someone to hold the screen for 10 minutes. Don't try removing the cable ... you most likely will get frustrated unnecessarily.

    Troy - Antwort

    I did not disconnect the LCD power cable as others recommended. I simply rotated the LCD to the side, rested on table. This worked really well for me and did not have to be concerned about reattaching this complex connector.

    ajpfl - Antwort

    I agree with others. Just lift display and lean against a prop, perpendicular to table. No need to disconnect, which is error prone.

    dkulp - Antwort

    Les commentaires sont tous en anglais à cette étape, et j'aurai dû faire l'effort de les lire avant de perdre 1h à cause de ce connecteur. Effectivement, il n'est pas nécessaire de débrancher le connecteur de l'écran, car c'est une vrai galère à remettre sans risque de le casser. On peut donc laisser l'écran branché, à la verticale, soigneusement incliné sur un mur, l'imac toujours posé sur le bureau. J'espère que ce message sera utile, car j'aurai bien aimé qu'on me le dise avant !

    Nicolecameleon - Antwort

    +1 for removing the LCD cable from the screen side, not the mac side.

    Not removing it, depending on the lenght of the cable which doesn't seem to be fixed, might not be an option for everybody.

    Michael Sacchi - Antwort

    Remove cable from the LCD Display not the board

    Fully agree with others. It is easiest is to remove cable from LCD display instead of trying to pull it off the board. It comes off the board very easily, but it is difficult to put it back onto the board. It is easier to snap the cable bad onto the LCD Display itself.

    ToddR - Antwort

    This is really a good way to break the cable! Avoid the stress easily by removing the four screws (T-9) holding the video board down, then lift the edge near the cable before removing. Also, the cable is easily reattached to the board with these four screws removed. Reattaching without doing so is time consuming and quite difficult. This approach is easier than removing the cable from the LCD.

    airshack - Antwort

    Reconnecting the LCD Connector was the only challenging part of this procedure. I must have bent the pins on the LCD connector when taking it off so was unable to reattach. I ended up taking off a bracket that was adjacent to the LCD connector as well as the other end of the cable....O I disconnected these 2 pieces and was able to examine the other end of the LCD connector I was able to bend the pins back into place and the connector snapped back into place. The display works and the hard drive works as well. Thanks iFixIt!

    csimmons20 - Antwort

    I wish I had read your comments about not disconnecting the LCD. It was really hard disconnecting and connecting it back was !@#$. I managed to twist some of the pins so in the end I had to unscrew the board, twist the pins back and plug the cable. When I restarted, I really thought that it was never going to work. So a down point for not pointing to comments at step #11. Otherwise great tutorial.

    Alain Bartolo - Antwort

    Too difficult to re-connect afterwards. Accidentally, one pin was bended when re-plugged. I ended up unscrewed the power board, and fixed the pin. Re-connect and OK.

    Nick Lam - Antwort

    I found a far easier way. Just gently turn the screen 90° to one side and don't disconnect the cable! If all you are doing is replacing the HD, there's plenty of room without disconnecting the cable. At least on my machine the cable is flexible and I didn't have any problem making room. Way, way easier.

    baslking - Antwort

    Thanks for the suggestion to remove the IC board. This was indeed the easiest for me, after spending 15 minutes trying to reconnect the cable.

    Sccoaire - Antwort

    I didn't disconnect the LCD cable. I stacked some books on the side and put a blanket on them. I was then able to fold the screen next to the computer LCD still connected. Should some iMacs have a shorter cable this may not be an option to everyone. Thanks for good tips everyone.

    mikkorongas - Antwort

    I also did not remove LCD cable. Just rotated the LCD away and propped it by the edges with the plastic inserts from the box my new drive came in. Plenty of room to get to the HDD.

    EBS - Antwort

    No need to remove the LCD panel.

    I agree this is the toughest step in the process — and the most unnecessary. I was able to rotate the panel out of the way without disconnecting it, placing a cloth between the chassis and the panel now leaning against it to prevent any inadvertent damage.

    Tim Murtaugh - Antwort

    As others have stated, disconnecting the inverter cable from the power supply first is NOT the way to go. I ended up damaging the cable trying to get it out before I went to disconnect it from the LCD panel end instead. Much easier to do and much less prone to damaging the cable or it's insertion socket.

    The guide needs to be updated and the suggestion to pull the inverter cable downward from the power supply removed. It is not a good idea and will cost you at least a few days and $10 to replace the cable should something go wrong. Please update this guide.

    multimediavt - Antwort

    Get the male part out of the female fitting is a standard problem with boards. There are pulling/clamping devices you can get at electronics stores to pull the fitting out. They are like fuse pullers many car fuse boxes are equipped with. IFixit should sell them with the kit. I did it all without any problems, formatted the drive and then installed the operating system and defeated Apple who wouldn't even consider replacing the drive in my "obsolete" machine which my wife now uses instead of a crappy Dell PC.

    peterhaggstrom - Antwort

    If you are just changing the HDD, instead of removing the cable at the left, simply pivot the LCD 90 degrees counter-clockwise and gently set it back down. This allows one to access the HDD to swap.

    Eriamjh 1138 - Antwort

    I completely agree, it is way easier to remove the LCD cable from the LCD panel itself

    Sve Jo - Antwort

    • Hebe das LCD an der rechten Seite weiter hoch.

    • Entferne das LCD.

    Much simpler to remove the LCD cable at the LCD insertion site, rather than trying to remove it as suggested in the manual. Reinsertion is also less traumatic.

    Eric Shaffmaster - Antwort

    • Entferne, wenn nötig, die Stücke von Klebeband, welche die Kabel der Thermosensoren an der Festplatte/ am optischen Laufwerk des iMac befestigen.

    • Löse den Stecker vom Thermosensor des optischen Laufwerks vom Logic Board ab, indem du ihn in Richtung Oberkante des iMac ziehst.

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    • Entferne die beiden 7 mm Torx T10 Feingewindeschrauben, welche das optische Laufwerk am rückwärtigen Gehäuse befestigen.

    Mine were T8 Torx

    Frank Carrano - Antwort

    • Hebe das freie Ende des optischen Laufwerks ein wenig aus dem rückwärtigen Gehäuse heraus.

    • Entferne die beiden 3,5 mm Torx T6 Schrauben, welche den Stecker des optischen Laufwerks am optischen Laufwerk befestigen.

    My EMC 2134 had no torx screws on the ODD. The SATA connector plugs straight into the ODD.

    Pierre Scerri - Antwort

    • Setze das flache Ende des Spudgers zwischen den Stecker des optischen Laufwerks und dem optischen Laufwerk ein.

    • Verdrehe den Spudger, um den Stecker vom optischen Laufwerk abzulösen.

    • Du musst vielleicht abwechselnd auf beiden Seiten des Steckers arbeiten, bis er sich löst.

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    • Hebe das optische Laufwerk aus dem rückwärtigen Gehäuse heraus und ziehe sie von der Seite des rückwärtigen Gehäuses weg, damit sich der Streifen von EMI Schutzband auf seiner Oberseite ablöst.

    • Der Thermosensor des optischen Laufwerks ist immer noch auf der Unterseite des optischen Laufwerks befestigt.

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    • Entferne, falls nötig, das Stückchen Schaumstoff, welches den Thermosensor des optischen Laufwerks bedeckt.

    • Um den Thermosensor auszubauen, musst du die mittlere Haltenase der Thermosensorhalterung mit der Spudgerspitze anheben und gleichzeitig das Thermosensorkabel etwas anspannen.

    • Wenn der Thermosensor zu fest am optischen Laufwerk hängt, dann gehe zum nächsten Schritt über.

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    • Heble die Halterung des Thermosensorkabels des optischen Laufwerks mit dem flachen Ende des Spudgers aus der Klebeverbindung zum optischen Laufwerk.

    • Wenn der Kleber verschmutzt oder nicht mehr gut am neuen optischen Laufwerk festklebt, dann befestige etwas doppelseitiges Klebeband unter den beiden halbkreisförmigen Ausbuchtungen an der Thermosensorhalterung.

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    • Entferne mit dem Spudger das Stückchen EMI Schaumstoff unten am optischen Laufwerk.

    • Vergiss nicht, dieses auf das neue Laufwerk zu übertragen.

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    • Entferne die beiden 6,5 mm Torx T10 Schrauben auf jeder Seite des optischen Laufwerks. (also insgesamt vier)

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    • Löse den EMI Schutzstreifen vom optischen Laufwerk ab.

    • Vergiss nicht, diesen auf das neue Laufwerk zu übertragen.

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    • Drehe die Halterung des optischen Laufwerks etwas vom optischen Laufwerk weg.

    • Ziehe die Halterung des optischen Laufwerks weg vom freien Ende des optischen Laufwerks, achte dabei darauf, dass sich keine der Laschen verfangen.

    • Wenn noch eine DVD oder etwas anderes im optischen Laufwerk festhängt, haben wir eine Anleitung, um das wieder in Ordnung zu bringen.

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    • Entferne die drei 3,0 mm Kreuzschlitz #0 Schrauben aus dem Gehäuse des optischen Laufwerks.

    Hello, is the sata & power cabla from the mac can directly feet inside the SSD?

    Roman Quenin - Antwort

    plug in the back of the ssd

    Roman Quenin -

    I'm trying to find out as well. I read elsewhere you need something like this without the bracket: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0056OB...

    However I have NOT confirmed this.

    Allen Borza -

    If I understand you correctly; the enclosure allows you to use the existing iMac optical cable. Also the enclosure allows for a safe fitting of the optical drive. In my newer machine I had to double side tape the SSD to the back of the iMac and buy a special cable. Note: this was not an optical drive replacement scenario or I would have done exactly as this tutorial suggests.

    EkDor - Antwort

    I bought another caddy, not the one from the description. i had to extract the plastic adaptor from the optical drive and put in on the new caddy 12,7mm

    Cristian Pizarro - Antwort

    The SDD caddy I purchased was 22 pin SATA both inside and outside so that the optical drive cable (13 pin) would not fit. Does anyone know where I can find a SDD caddy with 13 pin SATA outside for the optical cable and 22 pin SATA inside for the SDD?

    benja.mcg - Antwort

    • Öffne das Gehäuse, indem du von der linken Kante ausgehend vorsichtig ziehst.

    • Ziehe weiter an den beiden Gehäusehälften, bis sie sich trennen.

    This is the 12.7mm caddy.. but, the caddy 9.5 mm fit fine as well? or it doesn't fit on imac mid 2010

    Cristian Pizarro - Antwort

    • Entferne die beiden 3,0 mm Kreuzschlitz #0 Schrauben, mit welchen die Frontblende am Gehäuse des optischen Laufwerks befestigt ist.

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    • Hebe die schwarze Kunststoff-Frontplatte aus dem Gehäuse der Optical Bay.

      • Du benötigst weder die Frontblende noch die beiden Kreuzschlitz Schrauben, mit denen sie an ihrem Platz gehalten wurde. Bewahre die Teile für den Fall auf, dass du jemals wieder die Frontblende in das Gehäuse einsetzen möchtest.

    • Baue das Gehäuse des optischen Laufwerks ohne die Frontplatte unter Verwendung der drei originalen 3,0 mm Kreuzschlitz Schrauben wieder zusammen.

    Just curious, why is it necessary to remove this black plastic faceplate from the enclosure? It doesn't appear to serve any function in or out of the enclosure.

    Nic Johnson - Antwort

    Maybe because it would interfere with the bracket you have to put back on in step 21?

    Jeff Dickson -

    So I'm confused about the Optical Drive Bracket, the one that originally held the DVD-CD drive. I had an awful time remounting the kit into that bracket as the screws didn't line up correctly. I finally got everything to fit, less one of the four holding screws. Did anyone else experience this problem? I would have expected a much better alignment for this assembly considering the quality of the iFixIt site.

    For the record, the upgrade went fine with a SanDisk Extreme II 480GB SSD, but that one step was next to impossible, and not covered in any detail by the instructions.

    Ron Lockhart - Antwort

    Yep, I had exactly the same problem. The alignment was way off.

    olafgoy -

    My kit also did not line up correctly. I had to put all four screws in at an angle cross-threaded to mount the unit.

    Kevo -

    Same here. managed to get two screws in at a decent angle on one side and couldn't get the others in. Felt solid enough once I'd screwed the original ODD casing back onto the iMac.

    Monkeyrebirth -

    I had the same alignment problem, too. I ended up removing the rubber grommets from the plastic enclosure, widening the holes with a small file, then replacing the grommets. All four screws went in, but not in perfect alignment. Should be ok, though.

    nickmalmquist -

    Another possibility is the part has been designed to be used with different types of iMac and some utilise this component. In this case it apparently doesn't.

    EkDor - Antwort

    I bought a different enclosure than the one recommended ($18 instead of $39) and it came with new screws because the old screws were too big to fit in the holes for the new enclosure.

    Keith Mewis - Antwort

    Hi. Which enclosure did you buy? link please.

    Alex -

    Where did you get the alternative enclosure from?

    Walter Poole -

    I completed this guide last night on my iMac and it all worked great until I got to step 26 and none of the holes on the 12.7 mm PATA Optical Bay SATA Hard Drive Enclosure lined up with the black plastic faceplate. Just like what is being commented on by previous fixers, I could only get 2 screws on one side of the enclosure in, but they were crooked and unable to screw in all the way. It was crude, but it worked.

    The rest of this guide works flawlessly. This is a great site!

    Marc - Antwort

    • Entferne den Abstandshalter aus Kunststoff vom Gehäuse des optischen Laufwerks, indem du einen der Clips auf beiden Seiten eindrückst und ihn dann nach oben aus dem Gehäuse heraushebst.

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    • Stelle sicher, dass die Anschlüsse nach unten zeigen, bevor die Festplatte in das Gehäuse eingesetzt wird.

    • Lege die Festplatte vorsichtig in das Gehäuse.

    • Während eine Hand das Gehäuse an Ort und Stelle hält, drücke mit der anderen Hand die Festplatte an die Anschlüsse im Gehäuse.

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    • Sobald die Festplatte fest sitzt. kannst du den Abstandshalter aus Kunststoff wieder einsetzen. Drücke dabei die Festplatte gegen die Unterseite des Gehäuses.

    • Schließe alle Kabel, die du vom ursprünglichen Laufwerk entfernt hattest, am optischen Laufwerk an.

    Why no mention of attaching the new hard drive to the Optical Drive Enclosure using the enclosed phillips screws?

    Once you have securely inserted the new hard drive into the Optical Drive Enclosure and replaced the plastic positioner you should attach the drive to the enclosure using two of the provided phillips screws. Two holes on the underside of the enclosure should align with two attachment holes on the underside of the drive.

    nickmalmquist - Antwort

    Do you need a sata cable to connect the new drive to the board or does it connect via the optical drive cable that we disconnected earlier?

    Erik Sawaya - Antwort

    It does connect to the optical drive cable but if you don't use the optical bay enclosure you'll need a 13 pins to 22 pins sata adaptor (and some tape!)

    The sata cable for the optical drive has 6 + 7 pins while ssd and hhd have 15 + 7 pins

    Graziano Nora - Antwort

    Can someone please explain why you need to remove the black plastic faceplate  from the optical bay enclosure. It is designed to receive the standard SSD. What is gained from removing a part of it?

    Peter Bull - Antwort


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These iMacs use ATA DVD drives. Using the SATA drive enclosure linked above is guaranteed to fail. :-(

Jack Knife - Antwort

My EMC 2134 has a SATAII optical drive.

Pierre Scerri - Antwort

I apologize for the reply after over a year.

No iMac 24 "both 2007 and 2008 can accommodate a SATA Superdrive. This is certain.

It is clear that this installation is made to the adapter referred to as "Related Products": 12.7 mm PATA Optical Bay SATA Hard Drive Enclosure.

So any HDD or SSD you enter this run at high speed to 100 MB / sec of UltraATA100.

Henry -

Do I assume correctly that this iMac model doesn't have two SATA ports on the logic board, so a dual 2.5" SSD/HDD drive could be installed in the 3.5" bay with an adapter/bracket? This way one could save the optical drive... Anyone?

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