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The little iMac that couldn't...and then could

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Mein Problem

We have an early 2009 model 24" iMac that had recently started to perform very slowly. It only had 4gb of RAM and the hard drive was getting a little noisy so I was concerned that it might go out soon. I decided to try both maxing out the RAM at 8gb and swapping out the HDD for a solid state drive.

Meine Reparatur

The repair went swimmingly with the guide I found on iFixit for replacing the hard drive in a 20" early 2009 model iMac. Found here: iMac Intel 20" EMC 2266 Festplatte austauschen

The repair took about an hour, and probably would have been shorter if I hadn't had to reposition the solid state drive in it's special chassis a few times to make the cables reach.

Mein Rat

Wear gloves and try to handle the front "glass" and display as little as possible. This will make cleanup prior to re-installation much easier. The cabling is a tad more complicated on the 24" model, but still very manageable, just remember to hook everything back up as you re-assemble!

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Universal Drive Adapter


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TR8 Torx Security Screwdriver


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TR6 Torx Security Screwdriver


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