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Heat Sensor on SATA Drive (iMac G5)

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Dennis Cunningham Calculating status...
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Jul 6, 2007 6:13 PM
The hard drive on my iMac crashed and I am in the process of replacing it.

I followed the "any SATA is OK" rule and bought a Seagate/300 750G.

As I try to install it, I see the it does NOT have any attachment point for the small heat sensor wire.

Does that mean it doesn't need a heat sensor? Is it OK to just let the wire dangle? Or should I go back and get a different kind of drive?
iMac G5 20in 400G (now crashed), Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Jeffrey Bonner Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Jul 6, 2007 7:33 PM (in response to Dennis Cunningham)
    I believe the attachment that you are referring to (the one with the wire attachment) is held on by a sticky material. You can probably take a knife and remove it and if you are careful, you can just stick it on the new drive. If not, get another double-sided high temperature sticky tape and cut to size.

    Hope that helps!
    iMac 20" G5 iSight, Mac OS X (10.4.9), 1.5 GB Ram, mac mini's (g4's) 1.25 GHz, 1.33 GHz, and 1.5 GHz running 10.4.7
  • DaddyPaycheck Level 6 Level 6 (16,035 points)
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    Jul 7, 2007 3:51 AM (in response to Dennis Cunningham)
    Hi Dennis Cunningham-

    Interesting. I just replaced a hard drive in a G5 iMac yesterday and did not have to replace that bracket as it is held on by two screws. Just take the screws out and transfer the mounting bracket to the new drive with the sensor intact.

    My experience is that once you mess with the sensor you may have issues in the future with heat.

    Luck-

    -DaddyPaycheck
    A collection of clinking, clanking caliginous junk., Mac OS X (10.4.10), Basement XServe, PMG5, 2x20" G5 iMacs, G4 Mini, G4's, G3's Gee Whiz
  • DaddyPaycheck Level 6 Level 6 (16,035 points)
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    Jul 7, 2007 3:45 PM (in response to Dennis Cunningham)
    Hi Dennis Cunningham-

    I did this on a 20 inch G5. Perhaps mounting is different but there were three screws holding down the drive and bracket(s) assembly. On each side of the drive were two screw holding the respective left or right bracket attached to the drive. I believe the bracket on the right looking down had the sensor attached. It was a short reach but I did not have to detach anything in order to get the two screws out and the bracket off.

    Luck-

    -DaddyPaycheck
    A collection of clinking, clanking caliginous junk., Mac OS X (10.4.10), Basement XServe, PMG5, 2x20" G5 iMacs, G4 Mini, G4's, G3's Gee Whiz
  • DaddyPaycheck Level 6 Level 6 (16,035 points)
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    Jul 10, 2007 10:37 AM (in response to Dennis Cunningham)
    Hi Dennis Cunningham-

    Thanks for the feedback and the pretty star!

    -DaddyPaycheck
    A collection of clinking, clanking caliginous junk., Mac OS X (10.4.10), Basement XServe, PMG5, 2x20" G5 iMacs, G4 Mini, G4's, G3's Gee Whiz
  • MGW Level 7 Level 7 (26,940 points)
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    Jul 10, 2007 12:21 PM (in response to Dennis Cunningham)
    Dennis - I see you have vowed to make backups regularly, the easiest way, I have found, is to use SuperDuper!, it will make an excellent clone of your system, and then it makes regular scheduled incremental back-ups. You set the schedule and as long as you remember to have your firewire drive connected, you're all set! The first clone will take a long time, the following incremental back-ups are much faster, I schedule them for very early in the morning, before I get up, so the computer is all set without being used to write the backup.

    Hope this gets you started on the virtuous road,

    Miriam
    Rev A 20" iMac G5, 1GB Ram, 160GB, Mac OS X (10.4.10), 15"iMac G4, 12" PB G4, 15"iMac G3 DVD, LaCie 160GB

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