How hard is it to upgrade new iMac's hard drive?

in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
I plan to purchase one of the new iMac's and I assume that the hard drive is not user replaceable so I know there are warranty risks but a couple months ago I was able to upgrade the hard drive in my current generation MBP to a 250GB drive.

When I get an iMac I plan to get the more expensive 20 inch version and want at least 500GB since it'll be dual boot (BootCamp) Windows XP/Mac. Even the 750GB is tempting. I may go the route of the smallest hard drive and then buy a larger hard drive and upgrade myself to save money but is this hard to do?


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    proxyproxy Posts: 232member
    The new iMacs (and any iMac back to the G5 iSight models) are awful for accessing the HD. On the latest Alu iMacs you have to remove the glass screen, the bezel and the LCD! See here for detailed photos of the process.
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    eckingecking Posts: 1,588member
    It's extremely difficult and not for the faint of heart. I think it'd make more sense getting as big a hd as you can afford and then use a fw800 external, it's not like you'd have 500 or 750gb worth of apps.
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