imac is dying on me. please help! :(

Discussion in 'iMac' started by shambock, Mar 14, 2010.

  1. shambock macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone....need your help! Something is seriously up with my imac and I'm starting to fear the worst. I've been trying to fix it for the past 5 hours but am not getting anywhere.

    When I switch it on, I get this screen:

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    It stays like this for about 2 minutes and then the imac just shuts down.

    I tried booting from installation disks to verify, repair disk etc, but that's not working either:

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    Trying to do a fresh install from scratch, but it's not letting me do that either:

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    I also tried connecting my imac to my sisters macbook with a firewire and pressing T in order to do a transfer, but the macbook just isn't picking up the imac. Even with migration assistant, nothing. :(:(:(:(:(

    Is my imac hard drive totally dead? What's going on? Is there anyway I can get the files from my computer? I really don't want to lose them.

    any help would be appreciated very much
     
  2. HLdan macrumors 603

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    Based on the reports from Disk Utility it does look like your hard drive is failing. Did you not back up your files?
     
  3. shambock thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply.

    I do have the vast chunk of my files backed up, but a few not. It's not the end of the world if I lose them, but obviously would like to get them if I can.

    So what happens in these hard drive situations? Shall i book my mac in for a genius bar visit? Do apple fix this or is it coming out of my own pocket? :(
     
  4. farmermac macrumors 6502a

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    That depends on if you are within the 1 year warranty or bought AppleCare.

    If I were you I'd tear that computer up and put a 2tb in there
     
  5. Raima macrumors 6502

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    Stand back everyone, I know CPR!

    Like other people have said, if it's under warranty, get it fixed by Apple.

    Not much you can do if it's a HDD hardware failure, unless you got a spare exact hdd where you could possible try swapping over the controller board.
     
  6. farmermac macrumors 6502a

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    Thank god time machine makes hdd failures a non issue these days
     
  7. shambock thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is it easy and pretty straightforward replacing a hard drive in an iMac? :confused: I'm not an expert on this kinda thing.....I have though replaced a hard drive on a PC. I guess it's the same kinda thing? :confused:
     
  8. Jonross macrumors newbie

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    Your hard drive is not failing, this happened to me too, did you recently upgrade from Leopard to Snow Leopard? Or done some upgrading or partitioning?
     
  9. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Well, a HD failure is pretty much all it can be. If you haven't backed up try to get a professinal to save as much content from the disk as possible as soon as possible. Good luck!:D
     
  10. shambock thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi all.

    I managed to do a fresh install of Leopard. It took about 9 hours to install. Very slow.

    Desktop is up and running but is extremely slow. Keeps lagging all the time. Pretty impossible to use.

    I purchased Disk Warrior and tried it just now. No luck. This is the message I'm getting:

    DiskWarrior has successfully built a new directory for the disk named "MacintoshHD". The new directory cannot replace the original directory because of a disk malfunction"

    Really don't know what else to do or try. Gonna have to take it to Genius Bar I suppose. :[
     
  11. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    You might as well stop beating a dead horse.

    If it is under warranty I would bring it to the Genius Bar to be fixed. If not replace the drive yourself. If you are too nervous about doing the install have a tech replace the drive (not Apple or Best Buy as they charge outrages fees). Though I would not bother having them reinstall OS X as that is easy to do.
     
  12. shambock thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just found out that my mac is past its warranty.

    Will Apple definitely not fix this problem for free?

    Not very confident about replacing the drive myself.
     

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