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Model A1225 / Early 2009 / 2.66, 2.93, or 3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo processor

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Will not start up

MY beloved iMac will not start up at all and I get a flashing "file" symbol with a question mark in it. When I use the start up dvd roms to get it to start the hdd is not shown in the disk utilities menu and also the hdd is making odd noises - is my computer completely had it's day at 16 months old!?

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The question mark in the folder means that your computer can't find a system folder. Since Disk Utilities cannot find the drive, it's a failed hard drive. These use SATA hard drives and you might consider upgrading it when replaced. There doesn't appear to be a teardown for this model, but most of this series is the same. I'll try to find one that will help you.

Here's the 20" teardown that should help you: iMac Intel 20" EMC 2266 Hard Drive Replacement

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Here's a big boy from iFixit: 1 TB 7200 RPM 3.5" Hard Drive


Here's a really big 2 TB: 2 TB 3.5" Hard Drive


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I think we just had a similar problem. The answer was a firmware password was set. To boot you need to use the option key and enter the password. Here's the URL to explain in detail. Ralph

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I have the same problem, sometimes the primary partion appeears, sometimes nope

i boot from snow leopard utility and in the disk utility the disk just appears like "media" whitout a brand, capacity or something else

when reboot the machine, everythings is ok, or sometimes i need to press key "D" for diagnostic but everythings its ok

now, i proceed to open the iMac 24 8,1

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Please start your own question. Your problem and solution may be entirely different.


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