2006 iMac Hard Drive Noise

Discussion in 'iMac' started by krause734, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. krause734 macrumors 6502

    krause734

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    My 2006 iMac 4,1 is making a clicking noise when I start it up and freezing occasionally. I am guessing that the hard drive is kaput. I was expecting old trusty to last a little bit longer, so I looked on iFixit to see if it is simple to replace and it looks moderately challenging. Is it worth fixing or is it time to upgrade? How long do you expect a computer to last these days?
     
  2. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    I had a (Late) 2006 iMac, which I binned at the end of last year. It was still working fine, though it started to get some weird screen pixel things.

    7 years is a good life for any computer. A new one -- or even a second hand one from 2010 or 11 -- will absolutely smoke the 2006 in capabilities and speed.

    Your iMac can't run anything later than 10.6 and can only handle 2Gb of RAM. Even if you put a 512Gb SSD in it, it's going to be limited by the RAM and the fact that it can't run the latest software.

    That having been said, you might want to try taking it to bits anyway. That's always fun (as is putting it back together), and you're not risking anything. It's unlikely to command much on eBay.
     
  3. krause734 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you for your advice. Do you think that booting from an external hard drive would be a reasonable option?
     
  4. blueroom macrumors 603

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    I swapped the HDD out in a 2006 iMac, you'll need to disable the HDD thermal sensor (easy, just short it out). Lot's of foil shielding in that iMac.
     
  5. krause734 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I am also wondering whether to go with a small SSD or just a regular drive.
     
  6. blueroom macrumors 603

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    An SSD will give it a noticeable performance boost. You'll need a 2.5 to 3.5 drive bracket.
     

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