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As devices get thinner and lighter, designers are running out of places to put simple repair access ports. Increasingly, they are dual-purposing the LCD of a computer as the access point. With just a flat, featureless piece of glass as your entry port, you need suction for a safe grip.
Tech Specs ¶
Cup Diameter: 2.25 inches
Max Load: 15 lbs each
Height: 2 inches
Weight: .57 lbs
May 22, 2013
Original 320 GB hard drive was so slow running Mountain Lion on my old mid-2007 iMac.
Very well. I used a Samsung 840 SSD with the install kit (2.5-inch to 3.5-inch adapter bracket).
Remember to clone your original hard drive before removing it ;)
May 20, 2013
Original LCD panel was failing. Displaying green and pink streaking all over which was especially visible on window "chrome" or other white or gray areas. I ordered the panel and some tools from Ifixit and had my repair-savvy friend have a go with replacing the faulty LCD.
Went well. The heat gun operation did misshape the plastic "edge gasket" material a bit in a few small areas. Otherwise a perfect replacement process.
Be very gradual with the heat application and very patient with lifting the glass up. We used some small bits cut from a plastic bottle as wedges to keep the glass from resealing to the tape. I had bought replacement double sided tape from eBay but ended up not needing it. Finally be REALLY CAREFUL with the surface mount connectors when you remove them. The audio one messed up when releasing and a pin had to be re-soldered. They are really delicate.
May 15, 2013
My mechanical hard drive was working very, very, very slowly.
Everytime I was opening a new file, the waiting cursor appeared, when I wanted to read a file, it was very slow, etc..
The mac was not "usable".
Perfectly, in 30min, it was finished !
Take your time, go step by step, and be careful.
May 13, 2013
The iMac internal HDD was failing. Late 2009 iMac i5 quad-core.
Internal HDD was failing badly. In fact, I waited too long, and was about, oh, literally 1 day too late in fixing it. I had received my orders from ifixit and amazon two days prior, but was waiting until the weekend to repair, but at that point the HDD was locking up so much I couldn't manage a migration or anything to the new HDD, so I spent about a day and a half learning about every possible way that should, but did not work, and finally managed to work out a solution. The iMac is running like a champ again, and I am more technically competent. Bless the repair partition in Lion OSX: it worked with the faulty HDD for the 1.5 hours I needed it to, so the folks at Apple must have been smart enough to have the repair process use the HDD at a very stable mechanical level.
If your HDD begins to fail, replace it ASAP. It will probably last for a while after it starts clicking: mine lasted 2 months. It may last two weeks after Drive Genius tells you there is an irreparable mechanical issue with the HDD, and it may last a one week after Disk Utility tells you the same thing. If you gamble with the time you have left, and loose (like I did) you're likely setting yourself up for a more difficult recovery process. There's no point to waiting: if the HDD is failing, it's failing: i.e., it's inevitably going to require replacement. Don't bother waiting, you'll spend the same money replacing it sooner or later.
Also, please understand the difference in utility between migration assistance and time machine restore: I could have saved myself an additional 6 hours of restore time.
Last: be a do-it-yourselfer and have faith that you can succeed. Lord knows how much it would have cost to fix this via the Apple store (way out of warranty), but I'll guess about $500 for another 1TB HDD. I spent about: $120 on a 3TB replacement, $50 for the ifixit supplies (most of that was for the optical bay/HDD switch), and about $90 for a 2.5 inch 1TB HDD for the optical bay. I spent about $300 for an UPGRADE, that cost considerably less than a simple repair. I also had a good time and learned a lot, expletives notwithstanding
Oh, and because I waited too long I did have to buy a wired keyboard from the Apple store, and that cost me $50 I didn't need to spend (going to get a mini soon, so no loss, really).
May 8, 2013
Sister in law dropped power block on 2011 13" macbook pro and had a 3 inch wide white line from top of the screen to the bottom of screen almost in the middle.
After getting the A1278 lcd display, i looked up the guide for replacing it on the macbook pro and ended up with an outdated guide you as this macbook is from early 2011 after searching apple's site for the serial. I then found http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Installing+M... and with it and rhe lcd guide i was able to finish the repair.
Be careful when using a cars or guitar picks not to damage the outer rubber around the display.
When putting back together make sure the isight cableis back in the groove of the casing as it kept getting stuck to the adhesive and causing it not to attach properly.
May 7, 2013
It kept freezing on me and moving very very slow.
I used the step by step guide on ifixit and it work GREAT. They were very clear instruction I would recommend any I see with a broken iPod or imac anywhere to go to ifixit before the buy it all over again.
I Love you guys at ifixit what a good idea...
I will always check this site for any broke gadget needs...
May 6, 2013
We have a four year old iMac that was getting sluggish. SSD prices have come down, so I wanted to see if I could breathe new life into this beautiful machine with a hard drive transplant--swapping a higher capacity, faster SSD for the traditional spinning disk.
Thanks to iFixIt. I had the right tools and a step-by-step guide that led me through the process. The repair went flawlessly. I let my kids, ages 8, 10, and 13 help out.
Having an extra pair of hands for holding up the screen when you need to disconnect the screen cables is helpful. Also, have plenty of air on hand to blow out all the accumulated dust.
April 30, 2013
The original 320GB hard drive completely died after 5 yrs of nearly continuous service. Found the ifixit site with great instructions and the necessary parts.
The parts arrived in a few days and the repair was easy and fast. Has the ufixit guide on my iPad and followed the step by step instructions. Finished in less than one hour. Everything booted up fine and was able to reinstall from my Time Capsule.
Read the entire repair steps first before proceeding to make sure you have everything.
April 15, 2013
The original HD was starting to crash quite frequently and space management was becoming an issue.
The repair went great. I followed the directions "iMac Intel 20" EMC 2133 and 2210 Hard Drive Replacement" and everything went smoothly. This was the first time that I'd worked on a computer and was surprised at just how small some of the connectors are. I was also amazed at the amount of dust in there, which I blew away where I could. The directions in the guide were very straightforward and made every task very simple. I used an Icy Dock converter to house the SSD and I ended up feeling that I was replacing like-for-like - very easy. I then booted up from an external CCC clone and found the new drive in Disk Utility. Once partitioned it took a couple of hours to clone the external drive onto the SSD, which I then made my start-up drive.
1: Use a 2.5" to 3.5" converter to make the SSD placement very simple.
2: Make sure to follow the directions in the guide about cleaning the display and back of the glass screen before replacing it. With the amount of dust floating around following the work it took about five minutes to make sure that the display was spotless.
April 9, 2013
I bought a used Mini and wanted to upgrade the memory and hard drive
The Anti Static mat kept the components safe and gave me a clean smooth are to work on. The Magnetic project mat held all the screws. I really like the printed lines on the mat, I put the tiny screws in a square and wrote down what step they came from and no problem, nothing lost or leftover.
Get the iSesamo tool to open the Mini. I used a ground down scraper before and it left some marks on the case. The iSesamo opened the case easier and left no marks.