My HDD just surrendered!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by MrJMann, Aug 12, 2015.

  1. MrJMann macrumors newbie


    Aug 12, 2015
    Hi all,

    I'm a complete newbie to these forums but I've spent days trawling through them looking for answers and thought it best I just throw my conundrum out there...

    I have a mid 2010 iMac, which the internal HDD has finally given up after a long 5 year slog! The fatal "there is hardware that is irreparable, please backup and contact your nearest Apple retailer"....

    I'm not in a position to go out a buy a new one at this time so I'm looking for solutions! (Even temp ones for like 6 months or so)

    My idea so far is to buy an SSD, boot is OS X from it and run the machine that way... But I'm really not sure whether this is my best option.

    Do I use USB 2.0 or Firewire?
    And then has anyone got experience with this sort of setup.... What would you advise?
    Thanks in advance... I'll take any help I can get at this point


  2. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    Buy an SSD and either install it yourself or have an AASP install it for you. Installation should be relatively inexpensive (about $100) and the cost of the SSD of course. Using an external HD or SSD connected by either USB or FW will be slow and not make your user experience very enjoyable.

    You can find instructions on how to do the install yourself at

    If this seems over your head then take it in, it's worth every penny. You can locate an AASP in your area by clicking:

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