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Choosing an external FireWire hard drive to boot from

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Hi all, my iMac Hard Drive recently died so i was looking to get an external hard drive to to run it from. I didn't want to pay for an internal hard drive to be fitted because it costs too much and im not confident enough to fit it myself. My question is, would i need a desktop Hard Drive with its own power, or would a portable hard drive be okay? X

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Find someone good with tools and a little patience. There are online guides on how to change the drive. I did it on the dining room table (lots of room around, lots of light).
I did it without really following the guides (except getting the screen cover off) and it took 34 minutes (interrupted by a trip to the hardware store to get a set of small Torx drivers).
It's a good opportunity to upgrade as well - I threw in a 2 TB drive. I recovered from the TM volume.
BUT: It would be nice if Apple put in drive access bays on the back of the iMacs. Shouldn't be too much of a problem to solve.
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