How do I open the computer to remove the hard drive?

I just want to take out the hard drive before I recycle the computer. I can't figure out how to open up the case to access the hard drive. I can't find instructions that work because I can't id the specific device. The EMC no. is 1821, which I don't see on the device id list. I removed the only two screws (phillips) I can find on the bottom. I tried unsuccessfully to pull the bottom of the case off, using the handle on the bottom.

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Hm, this sounds like a challenge! As a starting place, is it a laptop or desktop machine?

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It's a desk top. Thanks.

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Sounds like you have the iMac G3 (October 1999), probably the “Bonnie Blue”. To remove the hard drive roll her over onto her back so that the small plastic apple is toward you and inverted.. There is a screw where the recessed handle is, remove that. This whole bottom piece will now slide toward you With a medium sized flathead screw driver loosen the two large bolt type screws securing the video input in the center. To the left of that depress the black plastic locking tab and pull the power socket plug in. Now to the right you will see a small black strip plug in, there is a built in tool that you can grasp to help pull this plug with damaging the wires. Now remove the two screw holding this unit in place. There are toward you in the recessed shelf juncture between this place and the major housing. This whole unit should now slide toward you and detach. The hard drive is in this unit. Remove the CD ROM and then the hard drive will come out. It is held in place with two screws in a bracket. From here it would take a lot longer to describe than to do it. Just take all the screws out. If you need further hepl please let me know.

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there is a 1999 date on the computer, and it is blue. but the configuration is different than what you describe. there is a recessed handle on the top, but no screws there. on the bottom, there's a handle that "flips out". There are two phillips screws just inside each end of the handle. Behind the handle is a nickle-sized plastic screw/lock that opens a small compartment. There are no other screws that I can see anywhere else on the computer. With the 2 phillips screws removed, and the plastic one unlocked, I can get a tiny separation where the two "halves" meet,just below the screen, but that's it. Thanks so much for your help.

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OK, you've got a little later model. Two screws under the plastic elevation bar. Pry the plastic cover off (the oval with the small holes all over it. Now the two screws you just uncovered. The remove the plastic housing and this will give you access to the hard drive.

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wow! that was easy. Thanks! And I actually found (finally) some very good disassembly instructions, with pictures even, at this site http://www.scribd.com/doc/103447/iMac-G3...

Thanks everyone for the info and help!

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That is a very good disassembly guide. Ralph

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Hi, If go to this URL and download the original iMac replacement manual you will find drawings of how to do the removal. Keep hitting the next page. Its on the third page. Good luck. Ralph

http://support.apple.com/manuals/#iMac

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This url should help you ID it.

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That color is "Bondi Blue", the greenish-blue color of the water at Bondi Beach, Sidney AU.

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