iMac Intel 27" EMC 2429 SSD Installation

Replace the hard drive in an iMac Intel 27" EMC 2429.

  • Author: iRobot
  • Time required: 20 to 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: Moderate

This guide will help you replace/upgrade the hard drive.

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Step 1 Glass Panel  ¶ 

  • Stick a suction cup near each of the two top corners of the glass panel.

  • To attach the suction cups, first position the suction cup with the movable handle parallel to the face of the glass panel (as highlighted in the first and second picture).

  • While lightly holding the suction cup against the glass, raise the movable handle until it is parallel with the other handle (as highlighted by the third picture).

  • If your suction cups refuse to stick, try cleaning both the glass panel and the suction cup with a mild solvent.

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Step 2  ¶ 

  • Gently lift the glass panel perpendicular to the face of the LCD enough to clear the steel mounting pins attached along the underside of the top edge of the glass panel.

  • Pull the glass panel away from the lower edge of the iMac and carefully set it aside.

  • During reinstallation, be sure to meticulously clean the inside of the glass panel and the face of the LCD as any dust or fingerprints trapped inside will be annoyingly visible when the machine is turned on.

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Step 3 Display  ¶ 

  • Remove the eight T10 Torx screws securing the LCD to the outer case.

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Step 4  ¶ 

  • Carefully lay the iMac stand-side down on a flat surface.

  • Due to tight tolerances, you will have to use a thin hooked tool to lift the display out of the outer case. As seen in the first picture, we made one out of a bent paperclip.

  • Use a thin hooked tool to lift one side of the top edge of the display by its steel outer frame.

  • After lifting the top edge of the display on one side, hold it out of the outer case while you use a hooked tool to lift the other side.

  • Raise and hold the display high enough to access the cables.

  • Do not lift the top edge of the display out of the outer case too far, as several short ribbon cables still connect the two components.

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Step 5  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the vertical sync cable in the upper left corner of the screen. Use the tip of a spudger to push on the connector's side tabs.

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Step 6  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the LED back light driver cable with your hand by pressing the tab down and sliding it towards the bottom of the display.

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Step 7  ¶ 

  • Pull the black tab straight up to disconnect the latch on the display data cable ZIF connector.

  • Do not pull up too hard or you will damage the connector and socket.

  • Detach the display data cable by pulling the connector towards the bottom of the display with the black tab

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Step 8  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to disconnect the display power cable next to the display data cable.

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Step 9  ¶ 

  • Carefully pull the display toward the top edge of your iMac and lift it out of the iMac case.

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Step 10 SSD Installation  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the SATA power and data cables from the hard drive by pulling them straight away from the hard drive.

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Step 11  ¶ 

  • Remove the two T10 Torx screws securing the hard drive to the iMac frame.

  • Slightly rotate the top edge of the hard drive away from the outer case.

  • Lift the hard drive off its two lower positioning pins and remove it from the outer case.

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Step 12  ¶ 

  • Remove the two T8 Torx screws securing the upper bracket to the hard drive.

  • Remove the upper bracket from the hard drive.

  • Remove the two T8 Torx pins from the other side of the hard drive.

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Step 13  ¶ 

  • Carefully peel off the piece of EMI foam attached to the front of the hard drive.

  • Don't forget to transfer this to your new hard drive.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the iMac Intel 27" EMC 2429 category page.

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