:: Taking My IMAC Apart ::
A few days ago, my IMAC failed me.
The computer froze. When I restarted it,
I would see this unfamiliar startup screen:
A quick Google search brought me to Apple’s support page.
Apple Support suggested this:
If your computer starts up normally after a brief delay, you probably just need to reselect the startup disk in Startup Disk preferences (Mac OS X) or the Startup Disk control panel (Mac OS 9). It's normal to see the flashing question mark when a startup disk has not been selected. In most cases, reselecting the startup disk is all that is required to resolve the issue.
In my case, there was no hard disk.
The hard disk cannot be detected.
I loaded my OSX Installation DVD in order to access Disk Utilities.
The hard disk cannot be found.
I checked Apple Support and got redirected to Sapura.
“As you have no AppleCare, we will have to charge you $140 for diagnostics.”
“For hard disk replacements, it varies from $500 to $700.”
The price was a little too steep for my liking.
I made a trip to Sim Lim. I bought the Seagate Barracuda 2TB hard disk.
I then took my IMAC apart.
There was another problem.
I had to find a Snow Leopard installation disk to upgrade my IMAC
So that I could Time Machine all my data back.
A quick holler on Twitter and Facebook linked me up with David
Or ‘Thoburn’ on Livejournal. (Thanks mate!)
So, earlier, I drove to City Link to collect the DVD from him,
And, then to Funan Centre’s Memory World to find the
4GB DDR2 800Mhz. They were closed unfortunately.
Now, I’m doing the Time Machine restore, which
Will take another 128 hours and 12 minutes.
But I have saved a couple of hundreds.
(I took the opportunity to invest in a wireless Magic Mouse at Funan).
I am a happy man.