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Anyone ever put a new hard drive in a Mac?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Killick, Dec 15, 2007.

  1. Killick

    Killick Well-Known Member

    I mean, themselves? Looking for an idea on whether I can do this, or just wiser to pay someone else to do it. I've got an old G4 iMac with a bad drive that I want to fix up for my parents. I could give them a G4 tower that I've just gotten, but I wanted to keep that one as a backup for my system. iMac's more their speed anyway.

    So, other questions I have: How hard is it to install a drive? Are they pre-formatted -- do I have to stick OSX on it and build from the ground up? Any recommendations on drive manufacturers that I should/shouldn't stay away from?

    Help, anyone?
  2. Cadet

    Cadet Guest

    Yes. PM me. We'll talk. Very easy.
  3. PaperDoll

    PaperDoll Well-Known Member

    another Mac hard drive question

    Related question: How difficult is it to back up a Mac hard drive?

    The AppleCare tech support people think I need to do a clean install of OS X to deal with disk errors I didn't even know I had. I'm going to get a second opinion from a "Genius Bar" tomorrow, but I figured someone on SJ might've gone through the process before.

    If paying a little $$$ to have a professional do the backup will minimize stress, I'm okay with that.
  4. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    PD, get an external hard drive, plug it into a USB port and then run the backup software on the Mac. It'll do it for you.

    (At least, that's how I took care of our home G4.)
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