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imac2007help

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Mar 30, 2022
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Please help, I recently update my mac to the latest security update of mac os Monterey, and yes my mac is from 2007 and running on Monterey. You can’t do much with it because it is so slow, but it worked for me. I have done one previous security update it took a long time but I had no major trouble with it like I’m having now. My computer will boot up and the progress bar will get about a fourth of the way and then stop. I have tried recovery options and everything but i can’t get into recovery mode or anything else. I noticed that when the progress bar freezes the Computer makes a clicking sound and it sounds like the hard drive shuts down and then starts up again and then doesn’t start up after that. Beneath is a video attached of the issue please turn up full volume and listen very closely. I want my Mac back! Please help!

 

DeltaMac

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"Sounds" pretty typical for a failing hard drive. (Clicks, spins down, might not spin up again)
If you really want your iMac back, you will need to replace the hard drive.
If you decide to do that, replace with an SSD. You still won't have much RAM for a Mac booted with Monterey, but the speed will (mostly) be much better,
 

imac2007help

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Original poster
Mar 30, 2022
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I am still confused why it works, if you give me the best thing to do where do I get it and what kind, also how hard is the installation? Thanks
 

DeltaMac

macrumors G5
Jul 30, 2003
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It's a typical hard drive problem. They begin to fail the power-up tests, the drive probably is no longer spinning to full speed, or there is some other mechanical failure happening (the clicks), then the iMac requests information from the hard drive, which is not spinning to full speed. The request times out, and the drive shuts down.
That may not be the full technical explanation, but if it is the original hard drive, it's 15 years old, had a good life. It spins all the time, and mechanical things don't last forever.
Here's some steps on how to replace the hard drive. You can choose to replace that mechanical hard drive with a solid-state drive (SSD), which has no moving parts. And, will make your old iMac much more responsive, even more than when it was new.
That quide shows you what tools you will need, and offers to sell you a hard drive or an SSD, and the tools if you need those. The Crucial SSD that iFixit sells would be a good one.
 

appltech

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Apr 23, 2020
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Yes, problem with HDD.
FYI on newer macOS versions, a default filesystem is APFS which is not good for HDDs (because of fragmentation, previous Mac OS Extended was designed specially to prevent this)
 

CooperBox

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Good advise from the other posters, I agree the HDD would appear to be the most likely fault.
But I can't help wondering for the life of me what motivated you to install Monterey, I don't even totally trust that yet on my 27" 2020 iMac - for the moment I'm sticking with Big Sur.
You don't state whether your iMac is the 20" or 24" but regardless, on a model with max of 6GB of RAM, and designed to run maximum of El Capitan (without patching), installing & running Monterey is akin to throwing a V8 into a Fiat Topolino with no extra mods and being disapointed about it's performance.
You are asking for help to get your iMac back. Simple! Install an SSD with the latest supported OS. Believe this was El Capitan, although it may be possible to patch to run Sierra or High Sierra, but don't aim for anything higher.
Yes I've run Mojave on a 2009 Mac Mini with 8GB RAM memory just as a trial but it screamed it's contempt - somewhat like your iMac is now.......
 

Fishrrman

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Feb 20, 2009
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At 15 years old, perhaps it's time to start looking for a replacement -- rather than spend any money on a Mac this old...
 
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