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DoctorWho

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Icon 1 posted March 03, 2012 12:00      Profile for DoctorWho     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Well my iMac had an internal hard drive crash last night. I tried repairing permissions without success. I also tried wiping and reinstalling snow leopard and it also resulted in failure. I am fairly certain I need to replace the hard drive to fix this thing. Do you know of a good guide I can look at online? Also what drive would you recommend I replace it with? I am not a novice when it comes to repairing computers but this is the first time I need to take an iMac apart so any thing you can tell me will be appreciated. It's a duo core 7,1 iMac if that will help you. The drive in it is a 1TB. Can it handle a 2TB?

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Icon 1 posted March 03, 2012 14:14      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
iFixit have some awesome guides! I aloway use them when installing new drives.

http://www.ifixit.com/

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DoctorWho

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Icon 14 posted March 03, 2012 20:37      Profile for DoctorWho     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Success!!! [Big Grin]

I looked at your site and I found a you tube video. It was involved but since I was prepared for what to expect it wasn't all that bad. Snow Leopard is loaded and now I can go to my time machine backup and pick what I want to put back on it.

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Suggestion for the future: Use SuperDuper or CarbonCopyCloner to dupe your HD to an external drive. Should your whole system ever go haywire (or AWOL) in the future, it'll be trivial to restore the contents to your [new] HD. Furthermore, SuperDuper makes said external drive bootable (at least for FW - I haven't tried USB), and this is absurdly fantastic - it's almost like Knoppix, but it's actually your production system, just loaded from /elsewhere/.

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A huge second for Dmans suggestion.

With external hard disks now costing around $50 per terabyte, there's no excuse for not having backups, and backups of your backups, and a bootable backup makes things SO much easier.

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