So, i guess my hd is dead?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Sartana, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. Sartana macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2011
    When i turn on the screen there's an icon of a carpet with a "?" sign flashing. Is there any way i might recover/repair the HD and make it usable again? Or is just straight to buying a new one? Any place where i can get one as cheap as possible?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
  3. chris98vf macrumors regular


    Mar 3, 2010
    If you end up having to replace the hdd it's always fun to take them to the range and "delete" you data the old fashioned way. Never just toss a drive just because you can't recover the data. Someone else always can.
  4. Sartana thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2011
  5. wfriction macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2011
    If you end up needing to replace it, maybe consider grabbing an SSD for a boot drive for the massive speed boost.
    Let me know if you need any help comparing between different SSDs.
  6. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2010
    Edinburgh, UK
    You don't mention what model your iMac is, but here is the link to the iFixit guides which will cover HDD replacement if it turns out that is what you need to do...

    Since you are asking about sourcing your own HDD, I assume you are out of warranty or AppleCare? If not, take it in at once.

    Once we know what model iMac you have (About This Mac, More Info, Hardware Overview, Model Identifier) we can recommend a drive for you (newer iMacs require an HD with an internal temperature sensor). They are normally 3.5" SATA II drives similar to the Western Digital Caviar Black and can easily be got in 500Gb, 1Tb or 2Tb depending on your budget.

    If you are installing it yourself, you will need a couple of cheap suction cups from the local poundstore plus a Torx screwdriver set from eBay.

    I assume since you mentioned "cheap as possible", I assume a decent SSD will be out of your budget but I can personally recommend my OCZ Vertex2 120Gb 3.5" drive as a simple drop-in plus a reasonable external HDD for bulk storage of pictures and music (don't forget to back it up of course!). Other good brands of SSD are OCW and of course Intel.

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