Need to replace HD Temp Sensor and HD Mounting Rails
A friend asked me to try and salvage his 20" Intel iMac after the Apple repair shop declared that Apple no longer had a replacement hard drive to fit it and then proceeded to keep the temp sensor and cable as well as the mounting rails for the drive.
Is it possible to source replacement parts and a suitable mechanical hard drive or perhaps even put in an SSD? The object is to get it running as a gift for his children. So, it just needs to be no worse that it was before the hard drive was removed. However; more space and faster access is always welcome, as long as the cost is reasonable.
That said, due to difficulties in sourcing parts (eg. sensor and rails) it may be better to go with a modest sized SSD. I presume and SSD can be purchased with a compatible connector/sensor and associated mounting hardware.
Any advice on what option to choose would be appreciated and especially on what parts to buy and from where.
Note: I do have an old white 24" Intel-based iMac that I could cannibalize, if it has compatible parts.
Is this a good question?