Hardware

Cracking Open the 27" Apple iMac (2011)

27" Apple iMac teardown: Completely disassembled

The 27" Apple iMac (2011) isn't difficult to disassemble, but it can take a very long time. Replacing the RAM, HDD, and optical drive are relatively quick tasks. But, replacing the motherboard, GPU board, or CPU are time-consumming jobs, as you'll need to disconnect lots of cables and remove dozens of screws.

There is however, plenty of room to work inside the 27" iMac's case and Apple uses standard Torx and Phillips screws to hold the internal hardware in place.

This is definitely a machine that most techs should feel comfortable repairing.

Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
Caption by: Bill Detwiler

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

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