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Offline Woodwork Wizard

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Apple Mac Screen & CT-36
« on: June 08, 2017, 12:57 PM »
I know next to sweet FA about computers but I was advised to replace my HDD with an SSD in my now 8 year old iMac by my daughter's boyfriend. Thing is with Apple they really want to keep you out so they can charge you the earth to do the repairs for you. We read on the www that you need a suction device to very carefully remove the screen as there's a ring of strong magnets round the outside holding the screen on.

I thought I'd try my CT-36 in one corner and it lifted it off a treat, then once you're in it's just tiny torx screwdrivers to get in to the rest of it. Job done, it's all upgraded now with double the original RAM capacity as well and I hope it will last another 8 years.

Apple would have charged me the price of a CT-36 to do all this yet it was all very straightforward once the screen was removed. I hope this helps someone to save their money and do it themselves. Just remember to back up the important stuff, as I'd lost every email address I'd had for years so we had to trawl through the original hard drive in order to retrieve the important ones.

Offline Matthew Lennon

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Re: Apple Mac Screen & CT-36
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2017, 01:34 PM »
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Offline RKA

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Re: Apple Mac Screen & CT-36
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2017, 02:13 PM »
Interesting, I never bothered to look into it.  I have an imac which is close to the same age as yours.  Memory was max'd out the day after I got it (I recall that was externally accessible and quite easy), but the HDD is original ( [eek] ).  I never looked into opening this pandora's box. 

Offline grobkuschelig

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Re: Apple Mac Screen & CT-36
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2017, 06:49 PM »
I'd say, go for the upgrade, especially with the intel macs, sticking in an SSD will keep you smiling.
They support updates quite long and the speed bump you get from the SSD feels like a new computer...

I'm still running an old MacBookPro, which also turns 8 or 9 this year. SSD and Max Ram, perfect machine.