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Old Jan 21st, 2018, 04:29 PM   #1
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My daughter has a non-functioning iMac that is 7 years old. She brought it to Apple who, after testing, concluded that the HD had failed. However, Apple will not repair it (replace the HD) because the computer is obsolete. He suggested that the HD can be replaced at a non-Apple shop but did not give any suggestions.

Where in Ottawa or Gatineau can a reputable shop do the repair?
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Old Jan 21st, 2018, 07:54 PM   #2
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Why not install a system on an external drive and boot/run from that?
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If you're at all handy and/or can follow directions properly, you could replace the drive yourself.

It's not the easiest, but those iMac's aren't sealed up like some of the later models.

Videos and instructions available at ifixit.com and OWC at macsales.com.

And, you might want to even consider replacing the original HDD spinner with a solid state flash SSD.

If you need someone else to do the work, do a web search for Authorized Apple dealer/repair shops in those areas. NOT an Apple Store.


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Old Jan 22nd, 2018, 01:51 PM   #5
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Computerconcepts.ca Apple Authorized Repair Ottawa Home

They've been here since 1985.

Had service done there and bought a used mac there. Recommend them strongly.
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Old Jan 23rd, 2018, 07:51 AM   #6
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If you're at all handy and/or can follow directions properly, you could replace the drive yourself.

It's not the easiest, but those iMac's aren't sealed up like some of the later models.

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I may be mistaken, but in that vintage, isn't the drive accessible from the bottom panel? If so it would be an easy surgery. An SSD would give that system new life.
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https://everymac.com/systems/apple/i...ard-drive.html

Not so easy on these. And don't forget temperature sensor issue!
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Depending on your sense of aesthetics, there is something to be said for mounting an external drive onthe back and connecting USB, and installing a fresh OS to boot from......
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Depending on your sense of aesthetics, there is something to be said for mounting an external drive onthe back and connecting USB, and installing a fresh OS to boot from......
Booting/running from USB would be painful. Firewire would be a better option.
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Booting/running from USB would be painful. Firewire would be a better option.
Point taken. It is easy to forget that Firewire ever existed as it seems to have passed into history............
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