Last night I got a call from a neighbor who has a 2006 20 inch iMac because they were having problems. It sounded like a hard drive problem so I brought over an external HDD I have with Scannerz installed on it and tested the internal drive. The drive has some bad sectors, but not enough to indicate the thing is about to fail. I opened one of these things up a few years ago and thought it was a PIA, especially trying to get the plastic case off of it. These people aren't exactly power users, more like the types of people that use it for e-mail and checking the weather forecasts. I suggested that instead of opening the thing up and replacing the drive they might want to consider just getting a Firewire or USB external drive, cloning the data from the internal drive to the external drive and then using that as a boot drive. I know it would be a little bit slower than an internal drive but for what they use it for I can't imagine they'd really notice the difference. I suppose I could go through the whole rigmarole of zeroing the drive and attempting to remap the bad sectors, etc. etc., but being 9 years old I don't know if it's worth the bother. I'm also afraid if I open the thing up I might inadvertently bust it. If it was my system I'd do it, but somebody else's? I don't like that idea. What do you guys think?