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December 4, 2013
I woke one morning to hearing my iMac making a clicking sound (uh oh) and on closer inspection found the dreaded flashing folder icon - dead HDD. As the blood slowly returned to my head, allowing for appropriate thinking, iFIXIT came to mind :) After a bit of clicking (note to webmaster - lots of clicking not good dude) I located what I was looking for, plus some fun tools, and ordered my parts.
My parts arrived fairly quickly (quite surprised really since I live in Australia) and the 'how to' video and guides saw a very quick swap - out with the dead in with the new. The formatting and install procedure was the only painful part of the process :(
Watch the video, have a look through the guides and follow the directions given. Pretty simple really. No hassle, no fuss. Enjoy
November 12, 2013
Over a month ago my son spilled a full pint of milk into his laptop. After 9 months of hectoring him to treat his new macbook pro with care he paid the ultimate price, it was completely dead. The chickens (or cows) had come home to roost. I took it to the expert repairers who delivered the final blow, the milk had caused total obliteration and the soggy laptop was uneconomical to repair.
The laptop sat forlorn and unloved for a month on a table while the culprit moped around avoiding eye contact with the once cherished item and displaying pained expressions every time someone mentioned milk. Worse yet, the tragedy reached Facebook and his friends mercilessly traded milky jokes.
I hate waste so even though it wasn't a great financial decision I decided to fix it. I fixed it for the reasons some people climb mountains - because it was there and I thought it might be fun. As a generally inquisitive person it was an itch I had to scratch. My wife thought I was crazy, my son was quietly hoping for a miracle.
The parts arrived really quickly and the first good news was that I had identified and ordered the right parts. The repair went really well considering the major brain surgery of replacing battery, motherboard, upper case and the swap over of several parts. I did have one moment which was nearly was my undoing. One of the screws was stiff and rather than turning i damaged the Phillips head so it wouldn't turn or release. I was devastated, the motherboard was loose but I couldn't release or remove it as the retaining bracket holding the display cables in place was holding it in position. My wife was going to kill me.. :(
In desperation I was thinking of drilling out the screw or snapping off the cable retainer. In the end and after 40 minutes of sweating I managed (by a miracle) to release the screw with the use of some small narrow nosed electrical pliers and a spare Phillips Screwdriver (the iFixit screwdriver was damaged by the initial efforts to remove the screw). After that it was a breeze. The only fiddly part was feeding the keyboard cable and keyboard backlight cable back into the retaining clips on the motherboard, it took a while as the cables kept bending rather than sliding into the retainers. I got there in the end with the help of the spudger thingy and some plastic tweezers liberated from my daughter's junior medical kit.
It was a slightly tense moment when I switched it on as I was concerned the small circuit board on the power connection might have been damaged - the one major component I hadn't replaced but ominously had a lot of dry milky residue on it. I screwed the back plate on tensed myself for a small popping and fizzing sound followed by nothing ... but instead I got that warm familiar boot up fanfare. It was a great moment... seriously.
As I mentioned, it wasn't a great financial decision but it was very rewarding. I probably wouldn't do a total rebuild again (unless I want to give my wife grounds for divorce) but considering we have 3 Macbook pro's in the family and potentially one more this Christmas it gives me the confidence to carry out other repairs, upgrades or modifications. The iFixit guides were fantastic and made the whole process really easy, I couldn't have done it without them.
Okay these may be obvious but :
1. Most important, warn your wife up front before you buy the parts on your credit card. This is really, really important.
2. Give yourself plenty of time and don't rush it.
3. In the absence of a proper organiser, ice cube trays are a great substitute to keep all of the removed screws sequenced for re assembly.
4. It's also handy if you have some back up tools (plastic tweezers, screwdrivers etc)
5. Educate your kids to keep milk (and any other liquids) away from electronics, cheesy laptops aren't nice to rebuild.
6. Think hard about what could go wrong and be prepared to adjust your approach. Sitting back and thinking about a problem is better than going in with brute force and damaging your device further.
7. Be prepared to be treated like a rock god by your son (well at least for five minutes).
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 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...
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.
December 17, 2012
Owner felt the machine had become very slow and he was running out of disk space. Machine had a 250 GB Drive and only one GB of Ram.
It was is an EMC 2210. Like many folks I hesitated to take this type of computer apart because of the lack of a visible and easy way to get inside. iFixit's video made all difference. I figured if that pretty young lady to take one of these things apart so could I. It went well and very quickly. I was bit surprised to see the Apple had used what looked like scotch tape to hold wires down and connections together but it works so why knock it. Machine is running just fine and the owner is pleased.
It is not that hard to work on these machines. It does take a bit longer than the typical desktop computer because there are more screws and parts to take off. The machines are well made and thus everything goes back together easily. Go for it and keep that old machine out of the dump.
September 12, 2012
My computer is a pretty important part of my life. I am totally paperless at home. I wanted an easy way to be able to recover from the inevitable hard-drive crash without having to re-install my programs and restoring my data individually. I also wanted to insure I would not have to wait for needed parts.
I bought the replacement HD, external HD enclosure, and necessary tools used for iMac HD replacement. I placed the tools in my "Disaster Preparedness Kit" and put it away. I installed the replacement HD in the external enclosure. I now clone my HD once a month with free software. When the HD crashes, I'll install the clone, and only need to recover the last month of data. Hopefully, I'll only be down an hour or so, as opposed to days, while waiting for parts and restoring programs and data.
If you want the easiest, quickest way to recover from the dreaded, inevitable, and time consuming HD crash. This plan just might be the ticket.
August 28, 2012
Harddrive bad. Was replaced by Apple a while ago. Out of warranty so I had to do it myself
I followed the guide step by step. It was very clear. Took about 1 hour and a half. No problems.
To remove and reinstall the display screws you need a magnetic Torx driver. I took a .25"x.25" NeB magnet and stuck it to the side of the torx driver. This gave enough holding power to do the job if you are careful. Apple shielding tape is a pain.
July 30, 2012
imac Intel 20" would not start after power failure.
After opening case, checked power supply output voltages with VOM. Found zero Volts on all pins except 1.21 Vdc on pin 5 and 3.41 Vdc on Pin 9. Saw only LED 1 lit. Replaced power supply, unit operating correctly. I was baffled at first on determining how to get inside the case, was amaze how easy it was after reading guides!
Quite easy using Ifixit tools and guides. 1. Technique: iMac Intel 20" EMC 2210 Power Supply Output Voltage Test. 2. Installing iMac Intel 20" EMC 2133 and 2210 Power Supply. Also found several videos on web giving step-by-step instructions. Thanks to those who put the guides together, I could not have completed the repairs without the guides.
March 16, 2012
HD was reporting SMART error. Would not install Lion.
I was able to upgrade to a 1 TB HD replacing the old, failing 160 Gb drive.
I was afraid to open a Mac (used to build PC's from scratch).
It is easier than it may look. The guides are perfect.