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I want to replace a shot hard drive on a 20 inch imac. I have a 250GB Serial ATA hard drive. Anyone know the steps?

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Well there a couple of torq or philips head screws on the botom you will have to turn they do not come out just a simple turn to diengage them,you will have to place the monitor area between your legs and rest the base on your legs as the base is heavier than the top.Once you have pulled these screws there is one cables that you will have to unplug and a ground wire you will have to remove from the chasis(one screw).This will allow you to completly remove the base.Now that you are in there carefully long at the wire orientation and the location of the hard drive.Remember as you replace the drive how the cables are placed as when you replace the botom cover you do not want to pinch any cables.
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