Upgrading your old PC or Mac by fitting a Solid State Drive [SSD] and adding more RAM memory can often get you a PC that will outperform the shiny new model you may be considering buying as a replacement.

By upgrading, you will also be ‘going-green’. By not consigning your PC to recycling, you will save time & money because cloning your old hard drive to a new SSD maintains all of your software and layouts … Not only is there no capital outlay for a new computer and software, but there is no need to reload all of the application software and to find that favourite photo you set as your wallpaper …

An iMac upgrade challenge:
I’m currently ‘tooling-up’ to carry out the upgrade of a 21.5″ iMac. I’m reviewing the procedure needed to ‘open’ this particular model by removing its screen to reveal all the electronics and access the hard drive and RAM modules to replace them. Yes – you need to remove and replace the glass screen as part of the RAM upgrade! 
This is not a job for the faint-hearted! Removing the glass ‘Retina’ screen without cracking it, is something you do while continually reminding yourself to breathe! Once the screen is off and unplugged I’ll need to remove pretty much all of the processor, power and fan components to lift out the processor board, turn it over and remove then replace the two 4GB modules installed on the back, with two new 8GB RAM modules.
Then of course, it’s time to remember where all those components go, what cable plugs in where – and reverse the procedure step-by-careful-step …
By that time, the disk cloning should be almost finished, making the new SSD a copy of the old spinning-disc hard drive I’m replacing. With that installed, it will be time to attach the screen with some bits of tape, boot up the iMac, and check that it’s a happy box. With all that’s needed to be unplugged, unscrewed and removed – it’s best to do a test run before committing the new screen adhesive kit.
Once I’m happy that all is working as it should – then the screen comes off again, all of the old double-sided tape is removed, and a new screen tape kit is used to attach the Retina screen to the iMac body (carefully aligning it and remembering to attach those two cables between the screen and the processor board).

The build-quality inside the iMac is exceptional and what we’ve come to expect from Apple, but during the upgrade process, I’m continually reminding myself how changing the RAM modules in my Windows 10 PC, is just a two-minute job.

Find out more about these upgrades …

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