5 Replies Latest reply: Oct 7, 2012 10:41 PM by den.thed
pforkes Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

The hard drive in im 24-inch Mid 2007 iMac just keeps running out of space with its 500Mb hard drive.


What is the largest hard drive I can upgrade it to, and is there a preference for make?


Fry's have a Seagate Barracuda 3TB Serial ATA/600 7200RPM 64MB Buffer Internal Hard Drive - ST330005N1A1AS-RK 3TB for $229.99.  Would this do the trick?

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1)
  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (24,725 points)

    It's easier to move your iPhoto and iTunes libraries to an External Hard Drive and then back them up with a second External Hard Drive. Plus it is much safer, than keeping everything on one large Drive.


    see > iPhoto: How to move the Library folder to a new location

    and > iTunes for Mac: Moving your iTunes Media folder



    I'm not really sure about a 3T, however you should be fine with a 1 or 2T. If your mind is set and your going to DIY, see > iMac Intel 24" EMC 2134 and 2211 Repair Manual - iFixit

  • pforkes Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    I have a 1TB Time Capsule that has my iMac backed up, so I can restore all my current data from that, but if I am going to increase the size of my internal hard drive them I will need to increase the size of my Time Capsule, as well.

  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (24,725 points)

    Good plan.

  • pforkes Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    So how will in install Mountain Lion onto as completely blank hard drive? 


    I have it downloaded from the app store, but I am guessing that I need it on a DVD.

  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (24,725 points)

    Ah yes, you will need to set the new Drives Partition Map Scheme to GUID Partition Table and Format it Mac OS Extended (journaled) using Disk Utility. The catch is to do it without an Install Disc, you are going to need to do it from your current Hard Drive or the Restore Partition on it.


    Which means that you are going to need to put either the new drive or your current drive into an External Enclosure. Personally I would put the new Drive into the Enclosure first, Partition and Format it, then Clone or Restore everything from the old Drive to the new Drive and test it. Then swap the Drives and use the old Drive in the Enclosure as part of your backup stratigy. 


    Optionally you could Clone or Restore your current Drive onto a properly Partitioned and Formatted External Hard Drive and test it. Then install the new Drive, startup from the Clone on the External Hard Drive, Partition and Format the new Drive, then clone or Restore the new Drive from the External Hard Drive.


    If you are confused or unsure about the whole process of Partitioning, Formatting, Cloning, Restoring, not to mention swapping out the Hard Drive, then perhaps you truly would be better just farming out iTunes and iPhoto to a couple of External FireWire Hard Drives as suggested above.....?