The Imac that Apple said couldn't be fixed
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I got back from Holiday in New Zealand and turned on my Imac it ran for an hour or so. I stepped out and when I returned it had a white screen and nothing would happen. I rang apple and they got me to try a few things and it still didnt work. I ended up taking it to the local Apple store in Watford. They said because it was a 2009 model it was vintage and they couldn't get any parts. They suggested I go to a specialist apple repair store which I did. After 2 weeks they rang me and said it is completely broken and cant be fixed.
I then decided that I would give it a go myself and started with the hard drive. I looked at the internet and thanks to the Ifixit site I decided I would get the recommended hard drive and try it myself.
It was scary to pull the IMac apart however I had watched the video a number of times and followed the instructions. I managed to swap the hard drive and then create the USB boot drive as per intructions. After some fiddling around with the format I manged to install OSX 10.10 in the new drive. My computer has been running fine ever since.
Dont believe everything they tell you at the store. I manged to save myself a fortune on a new IMac by fixing this one. Its running just fine now. I was really scared at first but managed to do it all myself and all under $200.
Give it a go. If its broken it cant hurt to try