Do I need a new internal HDD?

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  1. Bly macrumors newbie

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    Hi, internalHDD has died on my trusty imac 2008. I have a couple of questions before I go ahead and swap out. I'm hoping the community can confirm I'm headed in right direction (thanks!). Here are my questions:

    1) The internal HD is no longer useable and cannot be rescuscitated
    2) I have the green light to get a new internal HD, there is no other issue I should be aware of.

    Background: my imac was getting slow, so I backed up, wiped, upgraded to Mavericks, and located my home folder on an external Seagate drive about a month ago.
    Occassionaly, the mac would fail to find this drive and I would have to reinstall from a back up. Annoying: yes, but as long as it was backed up, I was ok. Few days ago, it couldn't find the start up drive, so I did the usual and reinstalled from back up(external drive).
    The external drive appeared to go to sleep during the latest reinstall, so I shut the imac down to start again. This time, the internal HD couldn't be found. I've done a bit of research, and appears that I need to swap out the old internal HD for a new one. And I'm guessing my external HD arrangement broke it's back and caused it to give up the ghost.

    Thanks in advance for you help,
    Bly

    Mac "Core 2 Duo" 3.06 24-Inch (Early 2008)
    iMac, OS X Mavericks (10.9.1)
     
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    I think you should buy an SSD instead :)
     
  3. Bly thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Would love to Y95, they def seem the way to go, but a bit out of my price range at the moment. Do you have any thoughts on the original questions? I'm pretty sure my solution is viable, but I just want to have the all clear.
     
  4. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Your solution to have the internal HDD replaced is viable, but it's not going to perform faster than in its original state.
     
  5. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    Bly, are you certain the original internal HD is non-functional (e.g., broken) instead of just damaged software/disk image requiring a complete reformat?

    Using an external drive should in no way add stress to the internal drive in such a way to cause it to fail faster.
     
  6. Bly thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Agree: my suspicion is that it was a failing HD anyway ( lots of spinning wheels of deaths in the last couple of months ) and that explains the constant need to reinstall from an external time machine back up on a frequent basis as it would fail to find it's start up disk all the time since December - it was on it's last legs. Like I said, I'm not an expert, but I think I got to put it out of it's misery.
     

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