Do I have the confidence to fix my iMac with IFIXIT.com?
5 - 20 minuten
My 2009 iMac 24 inch 250 gig failed. I got it checkout with the Geek Squad at Best Buy and was told the Hard drive was the problem. So I bought a new iMac 21 inch, for about $1300.00. I was told about IFIXIT.com by the Geek who said NOT to try to use YOUTUBE because I could get some bad advise but to check out IFIXIT.com. I thought I would try to fix it with IFIXIT.com and save my old IMAC as a backup or resale it if I could fix it.
The repair was SUPER easy for me! I ordered all the tools and the new 1T Hard drive from IFIXIT.com after I reviewed my exact IMAC on the IFIXIT.com website. I am fairly capable of taking electronics apart and repairing most simple items if I have the proper step by step instructions and photos as a guide.
The repair was so easy for me because I took my time, had a good clean working space, and allowed plenty of time to do the repair. I was not in any rush because I first got my new IMAC up and running great while I waited for the IFIXIT.com parts to arrive in two days. So now I have a new working IMAC with all my transferred data and programs.
Next I started the old IMAC repair after reviewing the instructions clearly two different times so I could understand the process well in my mind.
As a word of advise. Take pictures of your repair before and after each IFIXIT.com step with your cell phone. Tag each picture with a step number by putting a "POST IT" note in each picture frame. Mark all wires with different colored electric tape so you can remember( i.e. red taped wire to red taped connector, blue taped wire to blue taped connector etc.)
Use your ipad or other computer to reference back to each step while making the repair. And finally use small plastic or foam drinking cups to put the tiny screws into marking each cup with a sharpie marker. Label each cup step # (?) (i.e. glass frame screws 10 screws or Hard Drive screws 4 screws.) Make sure you know which screws go where! For example long screws and short screws will go into different holes that look the same.
1 TB 7200 RPM 3.5" Hard Drive
Heavy-Duty Suction Cups (Pair)
TR8 Torx Security Screwdriver
TR6 Torx Security Screwdriver
Arctic Silver Thermal Paste