2007 iMac problems

Discussion in 'iMac' started by AlexisV, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. AlexisV macrumors 68000


    Mar 12, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    I have a 20" aluminium iMac from August 2007.

    Over the last couple of days it wakes from sleep, the screen comes on but the cursor is the spinning wheel. The hard drive makes a stuttering noise, as if it is trying to spin up to speed.

    I have to do a restart, at which point I get the flashing question mark folder. Again, the hard drive tries to spin up and keeps stuttering.

    I then have to turn it completely off, wait 2 minutes, and then it starts up fine.

    It works perfectly then, for hours, whether I'm using OS X or rebooting into Windows.

    I've done a full disk repair from the DVD, but it can find no problems. All permissions are fine.

    Sounds like the hard drive is on its way out to me, but I just thought I'd check before I pay a company to fit a replacement.
  2. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    Your HD is on it's way out, make sure you have any important data backed up, and then get a new one, I don't think those drives are too hard to replace, but as I haven't done it in one of those iMacs, I'm not sure.

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