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December 11, 2013
The 1TB Hard Drive was Full and started to report S.M.A.R.T. problems
The Repair was surprisingly smooth. The perfect repair guide with fotos and the supplied tools made the experience pleasant. I have to notice that I am not a profesional IT expert. Perhaps the skills as an eyesurgeon helped a bit. I think that all people with enough common sense can handle the repair with the provided tools.
Trust iFixit - you will be happy - Thank you
December 10, 2013
On Sunday November 30th 2013, I was doing work at home with my iMac EMC 2105. It was raining and thundering that day. I took a break for lunch leaving my computer on. When I returned, I discovered the hard drive failed. The Internet and phone services also went out. When I tried to reboot the computer, I heard the dreaded click of death eminating from the failed hard drive. I had backed up the important files on an external hard drive two week prior. However, the work done since I backed up the important files was essential lost.
On the Sunday before Cyber Monday 2013, I took the computer to the local Apple Store for repair. I was told the computer was "vintage" meaning the Genius Bar no longer provided repair service for it. I was told any computer that is older than five years is considered vintage.
On Cyber Monday 2013, the Internet service was restored (the phone service was still out). I logged on to the Internet and did a search for a do-it-yourself-repair kit. I discovered the iFixIt website and order a hard drive upgrade kit. I got free shipping because it was Cyber Monday. Yeah!!! I actually ordered the wrong kit for the computer because I didn't check the EMC number on the computer.
On Friday afternoon December 4th 2013, the hard drive upgrade kit I ordered arrived. I didn't do anything with it immediately, because it was so late in the day and I wasn't feeling all the well that day. I was thinking better not to work on the computer when I have a head cold. The next morning, I woke up and felt considerably better. That's when I found out about the EMC number on the computer not matching the hard drive upgrade kit I ordered. I decided to go ahead with the upgrade anyways.
In reading the online instructions, I noted that the first step is to hold down the power button for twenty to thirty seconds without the computer plugged into power and thereby discharge the internal capacitors. At that point, I decided maybe the reason the hard drive failed is because somehow the thunder storm charged the internal components of the computer and speculated that discharging the internal capacitors might resolve the problem. After discharging the internal capacitors, I decided to try to start the computer with the old hard drive one last time. I did so, the old hard drive worked, and the computer booted up. I immediately backed up to an external hard drive all the work I had done over the two weeks preceding the hard drive failure. Yeah!!
If the iFixIt hard drive upgrade kit will work for the computer I have, then I am going to keep the hard drive upgrade kit. If not, then I will look into the possibility of exchanging the hard drive upgrade kit for a kit that is appropriate for the computer I have.
If you have files containing data about important work stored on the hard drive of your computer, don't take a chance. Backup the files to an external hard drive frequently.
If your hard drive fails during a thunder storm, try the following procedure before resolving to upgrade the hard drive. Wait a while. Unplug the computer from power. Depress the power button for twenty to thirty seconds to discharge the internal capacitors. Plug the computer back into power. Depress the power button on the computer. See if the problem with the hard drive resolves itself, before resolving to upgrade the hard drive.
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 25, 2013
Le disque dur fourni par Apple s'est trouvé être défaillant (problème reconnu par Apple et pour lequel ils avaient mis en place un système de remplacement du Disque Dur). M'y étant pris trop tard, j'ai du remplacer par moi-même le DD.
Sans aucun soucis, tout étant bien expliqué dans le guide adéquat sur iFixIt.
La réparation a duré 30 minutes en allant à mon aise et minutieusement, en suivant toutes les étapes indiquées.
Pensez à passer une petit coup de plumeau sous le capot car la poussière s'accumule en quantité à l'intérieur d'un iMac
November 17, 2013
I am studying for a Masters in statistics and require specialised software running on windows. While attempting to complete an assignments guess what happened? Yep the HDD died. After doing all the checks it was evident that I need to replace the HDD. Fearing a $500 or more bill from Apple to do the repairs, which I knew should not cost anything like that, I started to look for alternatives. A local firm that said that they fixed Macs did not do hardware repairs, too difficult and needed specialised equipment (obviously they have not looked on the ifixit site). So I found the ifixit site. From the video it didn't look too difficult to replace the drive so I went ahead and ordered the parts. I ordered them on a Friday evening Australian time and they arrived on Tuesday morning, great service thanks. I had my Mac up and running that evening and restored from the backup soon after. I got the assignment in on time by the way.
The repair went very smoothly. The online guide was excellent and showed me clearly what to do and tips for making things easier. I have never hesitated to work on PCs before but an all in one Mac seemed a bit daunting, well it wasn't. It took me about an hour to do the whole repair. I took my time especially disassembling the Mac. How many times have I just rushed in and pulled something apart and then not able to put it back in the same way I don't know so it was careful as you go. There were a couple of fiddly little connections that took a little care to pull out and put back but it was quite straight forward. To my relief nothing exploded and everything connected as it should have. I was so wrapped up in the repair that I forgot to take any pictures, sorry.
So long as you are not the type of person who freaks out when dealing with electronic equipment there is no reason why anyone can't do this type of repair. Yes you have to be careful as there are a number of connections that you don't want to break but if you take your time and follow the guide precisely, also making sure it is the correct guide for your model, there should be no problems. Oh and make sure you have the right tools, an old butter knife will not do the job. Remember the old saying in IT "It is not if your HDD will die it is when!" For well under $200 I replaced the HDD and now have a machine that is running as good as new.
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).
October 30, 2013
Old hard drive squeaking and very slow
Excellent but can't get the old and the new Macbooks to 'see' each other via ethernet or via Wifi so have not been able to synch.
Fixit have been excellent, the speed of delivery from US to UK was amazing
July 1, 2013
My playstation 3 slim 120 GB was not reading Blu-ray disk so I had to clean the lens of the Blu-Ray player, in order to do so I needed the t8 screw driver to undo the front most screws.
The repair went very well I was finally able to undo those last screws and pop the top right off!
Don't try to rip out the top with those screws still in like I previously did it can damage the hinges that keep the top on. Also be careful with the ribbon connector that is tapped to the Disk drive, if you rip it off your whole system will stop working so handle with caution.
June 17, 2013
I was trying to switch from a regular hard drive to a 256GB SSD in my Mac mini,
The repair went excellent, almost no hitches at all.
The guide for this one says "to reassemble, follow these instructions in reverse". There are two things this may not work well for. The hard drive has to slot into two small holes. When taking this out, you do not notice these at all (they are not mentioned) and only discover them when you try to reassemble. The other is the hard drive data cable wants to pop off until you install the wifi antenna. This would be relevant information to include in the guide, as I was worried I did something wrong until I noticed the antenna puts pressure on it to keep it from coming loose once installed.
June 4, 2013
HDD died, replaced
Replaced using same manufacturer and the temp sensor cable worked perfectly.
As long as you use same for same manufacturer for the late 2009 iMac ONLY then everything will work fine. Also don't try to reload from time machine until you reinstall Mountain Lion if you only have the original Snow Leopard disk to install.