What You Need to Know about Upgrading the Internal Hard Drive on Your iMac
If you decide that you absolutely have to upgrade your existing internal hard drive — or if your internal drive fails and needs to be replaced — you must take your iMac to an authorized Apple Service Center and allow the techs there to sell you a drive and make the swap. Here are four darned good reasons why:
- Warranty: You’ll void your iMac’s warranty by attempting a drive upgrade yourself.
- Selection: If you’re worried about picking the proper drive, an Apple technician can order the right drive type and size for you … no worries.
- Difficulty: Swapping a hard drive in your iMac is nothing like adding RAM modules. It’s complex and involves breaking into your iMac — not A Good Thing, even for the knowledgeable Mac guru.
- Backup: That very same Apple service technician can back up all the data on your existing drive and move it to the new drive, saving you from losing a single document. That will save you time and possible angst.
To those who truly won’t be satisfied with their lives until they upgrade an internal drive in an iMac: You can probably find a magazine article that purports to show you how. Even better, there are many how-to articles on the web that will lead you down a rosy path to a hard drive upgrade. Just remember this: You’re walking into a field of land mines with someone else’s map, so you had better have complete faith in your tech skills. (And a darn good backup.)