A few days ago my hard drive failed, OH NO. Instead of worrying about paying for an entirely new computer (I was due for an upgrade anyways) I figured I would simply upgrade my existing computer! I decided to look into Solid State Drives. I ended up with a OCZ Agility 2 90GB SSD to put inside my iMac to use as my startup and applications drive.
I thought the install was going to be a pain in the back, but it was actually pretty painless! I used a suction cup to pop the glass off the monitor, which came off MUCH easier than I expected.
From there I just had to use a Torx T8 bit (IIRC) to remove the screws attaching the bezel. There are a lot of them and they are all different sizes, so I made special care to arrange them in a manner to remember which screw went where.
Next up I unscrewed the mounts attaching the LCD screen. These are a uniform size. I could not believe how much dust had collected in my computers innards!
So that’s that, the inside of an iMac! Very impressive engineering went into jamming all of the components behind the LCD screen. The old hard drive was mounted with only 2 Torx T10 bits (IIRC). Super easy to remove.
BAM! Hard drive removed! After I popped the new SSD into place I got too excited and forgot to take more photos until I had the whole thing put back together.
Up and running!