How to Install a Seagate SATA 3.5 HD Internal Connection on My iMac G5

Apple’s early iMac computers were notoriously difficult to upgrade. Because they housed the high-voltage CRT monitors in the same box as other computer hardware components, end users were discouraged from opening up their computers for upgrades. The iMac G5 is different. While these thin computers do require certain precautions when performing an upgrade as some desktop computers don’t, upgrading the hard drive on an iMac G5 with a Seagate SATA 3.5 hard drive isn’t out of reach for most computer owners. Things You’ll Need
Apple iMac G5 Model A1058 or A1076
Soft Cloth
Torx T10 Screwdriver
SATA Hard Drive Screwdriver
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turn off your iMac G5 and disconnect all cables and peripheral devices from the computer. Place the computer on a soft cloth with the screen facing down, so that the air intake on the bottom of the computer is facing you.

Loosen the left, center and right Phillips screws along the air vent. Lift the back panel of the computer and slide it forward to remove it from the computer. Set the back panel to the side.

Loosen the two Phillips screws at the corners of the metal shield covering a portion of the hard drive, if you have a 17-inch G5 iMac. The metal shield has two circular fan grilles. Remove protection and set aside. If you have a 20-inch G5 iMac, skip this step.

Remove the temperature sensor cable from the iMac G5 hard drive. The sensor is a small black cable with a white connector on the end.

Loosen the three bronze-colored Phillips screws around the hard drive if you have a 17-inch G5 iMac. On a 20-inch iMac, loosen the bronze-colored single Phillips screw and the two Torx T10 screws on the opposite side of the unit.

Lift the hard drive assembly out of the computer and disconnect the power and data cables from the back. If you have difficulty removing the cables, remove them gently with a thin, non-conductive tool.

Loosen the Torx screws holding the metal bracket to the hard drive. Transfer the bracket to the new hard drive and replace the screws.

Place the reassembled hard drive inside the iMac G5. Reconnect the data, power, and temperature sensor cables. Return the Phillips-head and Torx screws to their original positions to secure the assembly inside the computer.

Place the metal shield back over the hard drive assembly if you have a 17-inch G5 iMac, and replace the Phillips screws.

Put the panel back on the iMac G5 and replace the Phillips screws.

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