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I Should Have Known, Cal Poly Students Envisioned and Founded IFIXIT

Jon Mikelonis -

iMac Intel 27" EMC 2390

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iMac Intel 27" EMC 2390 Hard Drive Replacement

40 minuten - 2 uren


Mijn probleem

Let me start off by saying I am a DIY type by nature and I was born in 1971. Therefore, being DIY for me means I am more familiar with carburetors, brakes, and camshaft installations than hard drive replacement. However, my age does not change my mental disposition to FIXIT myself. When something (anything) is broken at my home it takes a lot before I cave-in for DIFM service. I have even changed my own automotive glass despite numerous service providers offering to do the job "fast" which can be code for "careless".

I should also add that I too graduated from Cal Poly SLO (’94) and built and sold 2 DIY-oriented web properties (row52.com & fordmuscle.com). I was floored when I read the return address as Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo when my hard drive showed up just 2 days after watching the most encouraging IFIXIT DIY video on replacing the HD in my EMC 2390 iMac. So what was the problem? S.M.A.R.T error. Mandatory message to replace my HD.

Mijn oplossing

Replacing the HD itself went very well despite there being no obvious fasteners or access points on the machine. Anybody with automotive repair experience can appreciate how disorienting this can be. The physical component of swapping out the drive was painless. I was surprised with the amount of dust inside my machine so this was also a great time to vacuum the internals. Buttoning the machine back up was a breeze as well due to the video. Little did I know the most painful part of this project would be reinstalling the original OS X from my install CD and optical drive, Snow Leopard 10.6.3. This is where I had to improvise and get a bit aggressive.

Mijn advies

In my particular situation, I was faced with a questionable optical drive or bad install CD. I could hear the CD spin up then spin down until the machine ejected the disk over and over. My screen showed the “?” almost indefinitely. I should also mention my iMac has a wireless keyboard. This is where I almost broke down and took my mac to Macorama for a $159 diagnostic. I was never quite sure the start up keyboard commands were being read.

Regretfully, I even waited at the Apple Store “Genius Bar” like a pathetic lump for 12 minutes before I walked out determined to correct the problem myself. Long story short, for $16 more than the Macorama diagnostic I picked up a perfect used 20” iMac (2010) off CraigsList in order to use the install CD and hard wire keyboard to perform the fresh OS X install. After a little cleaning of my optical drive with compressed air and a fabric covered gift card, I am happy to say I am submitting this story from my fixed EMC 2390 now running El Capitan. Also, I now have a 20” iMac for my 10 and 8 year old boys to use for school this year, pictured.

Thank you and great work. You guys completed the entire loop. From search, to education, to encouragement, to part fulfillment, and finally to summoning customer feedback in a nice web form.

1 TB 7200 RPM 3.5" Hard Drive afbeelding
1 TB 7200 RPM 3.5" Hard Drive


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You sound like a good auto mechanic to me - and possibly, a good Mac Mechanic as well. Enjoyed reading your post and would love to do as you did - tho I'm 77 yrs old and probably don't need the mental stress.

I do have a youngster who will do it for me and he's able but when I look at Global Sicicons 3.5 SATA Hard Drive for my Mid 2010 iMac, they throw in a bomb on me!! Saying, something like: "Doesn't matter about the model no. of the original hard drive in your Mac - the only thing is it MUST be of the same brand"! Now that blew my legs off and I need to order this thing because this Mac is limping worse than I am!!

How in the world am I going to tell that the things are made by the same mfgtr when my old one is buried deep inside the dust covered innards of my big 27 " iMac??/ And, to top it off, these folks are the only ones who've said that and so I'm left to suppose that I'll encounter this situ with all other mfgtrs and wind up with the wrong HD!!!

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Sam Sayger - Antwoord

I've got a problem like "I Should Have Known, Cal Poly Students Envisioned and Founded IFIXIT"" had as explained in his post previously. Only thing is, I'm lots older than he is.

My problem is that when I did find the HD (finally) I need Global Silicon threw a bomb on my by saying "Doesn't matter the model no. of the original HD as long as the new one is made by the same mfgtr as the old one!!! Now how in the world is a 77 yr old cripple like me gonna know that??

Plus, I'm left to wonder if I will encounter the same situ (mfgtr prob) with any other mfgtr I may wind up getting my 1 TB 3.5 SATA HD for my Mid 2010 iMac. That is if I'm ever able to eventually find one that I'm told "IS THE ONE U NEED??"




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