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  • nickthegun 10 Sep 2012 10:32:15 61,286 posts
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    It depends which gen iMac it is. If its one of the newer ones its a bit of a pain in the tits, especially to get the screen completely clean before you put the glass on and you will need a torq 5 (ottomh) driver to get the screws out.

    If its just over a year old, youre fucked and prepare to take it right up the arse from apple, as its a bespoke drive that only they supply.

    WRT a backup, get a 2tb drive rather than a 1tb. If the drive is really full time machine gets a bit funny about backing up to the same size drive as the original.

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  • Jeepers 10 Sep 2012 10:36:03 13,312 posts
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    24" mid-2007 apparently.

    Off to Mac repair man I go.

    Fucking machines. I hate technology. It's shit and it sucks.
  • Jeepers 10 Sep 2012 10:38:18 13,312 posts
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    Fuck me. Just seen a video showing replacement. You really do have to take the fucking screen off.

    To. Replace. A. Fucking. Hard drive.

    FFS.
  • Dirtbox 10 Sep 2012 10:40:19 79,176 posts
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  • nickthegun 10 Sep 2012 10:47:23 61,286 posts
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    Those white ones are a real pain in the arse. The newer ones are comparatively simple.

    Unless, like me, you leave it plugged in when you are changing an HDD and touch the PSU.

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  • elstoof 10 Sep 2012 10:50:48 8,304 posts
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    Dirtbox wrote:
    Awesome.
  • PhoenixFlames 17 Oct 2012 07:53:37 9,229 posts
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    Where is this option in iTunes? Everything else lets me play audio on my Bluetooth speaker.

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  • MMMarmite 17 Oct 2012 11:53:33 1,108 posts
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    tutorial here if it's not showing up ;)

    Edited by MMMarmite at 11:55:53 17-10-2012
  • PhoenixFlames 17 Oct 2012 12:03:18 9,229 posts
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    MMMarmite wrote:
    tutorial here if it's not showing up ;)
    Thanks. I'll check that our, although I'm trying to do it from a MacBook Pro. Not sure if that should make a difference. It works fine on my iPad and iPhone.

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  • Carlo 19 Oct 2012 21:05:53 18,216 posts
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    Jeepers wrote:
    Fuck me. Just seen a video showing replacement. You really do have to take the fucking screen off.

    To. Replace. A. Fucking. Hard drive.

    FFS.
    What did it cost? My wife's iMac (2008) looks like it's got a dying HDD... Anyone know what Apple will charge to replace it?

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  • superdelphinus 19 Oct 2012 21:07:35 8,126 posts
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    they don't take money anymore, generally it's a blood sacrifice
  • Carlo 19 Oct 2012 21:08:32 18,216 posts
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    superdelphinus wrote:
    they don't take money anymore, generally it's a blood sacrifice
    Hers or mine? She might be menstrual so that'll save a few quid ;)

    But seriously...

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  • MMMarmite 19 Oct 2012 21:44:55 1,108 posts
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    @Carlo you could do it yourself if you have the right tools (assuming you have no Applecare/warranty remaining), iFixit have everything you need.

    Alternatively I did see mention of an Apple store quoting £200 for a HDD replacement, which I assume includes a drive of equal or greater capacity, on the Apple Support communities site (posted 2011 so should be cheaper now).
  • Carlo 19 Oct 2012 21:52:11 18,216 posts
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    @MMMarmite If it was my iMac It'd aldeady be open (I saw the ifixit too) and while it looks stupidly complicated for a 3 minute job on a normal PC she just wants them to do it.

    Thinking about it, it might be the disk controller not the HDD.

    £200 is way over the top... Like most think in the Apple store... But it is what it is I guess!

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  • MMMarmite 19 Oct 2012 22:19:59 1,108 posts
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    Might be able to get it replaced for less at an AASP rather than Apple direct, should only be an hours labour + HDD cost. There's a service centre locator on the Apple site.

    Edited by MMMarmite at 22:21:02 19-10-2012
  • Carlo 20 Oct 2012 11:25:56 18,216 posts
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    £120 + VAT fitted. Includes service health check etc.

    She wasn't exactly pleased but is satisfied paying that to get her mac back.

    Edited by Carlo at 12:08:49 20-10-2012

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  • binky Moderator 25 Oct 2012 12:42:43 9,947 posts
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    Just had this email from Apple.

    Dear iMac owner,
    Apple has determined that certain 1TB Seagate hard drives used in 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac systems may fail. These systems were sold between October 2009 and July 2011.
    Our records show that you have an iMac with an affected 1TB Seagate hard drive. Apple will replace your hard drive with a new one, free of charge, under the iMac 1TB Seagate Hard Drive Replacement Program.
    Please choose one of the following options to get a replacement hard drive.
    •Apple Retail Store - set up an appointment with a Genius.
    •Apple Authorised Service Provider - find one here.
    •Apple Technical Support - contact us for local service options.

    Apple recommends replacing your affected hard drive as soon as possible. Before you go in for service, please back up your data. Learn more about backup options.
    Additional Information
    You will need to have the original Mac OS installation discs that were supplied with your iMac in order to reinstall your operating system, other applications and any backed up data after your hard drive is replaced.
    This worldwide Apple programme does not extend the standard warranty coverage of the iMac.
    Apple will replace affected 1TB Seagate hard drives, free of charge, for three years from your iMac's original date of purchase or until 12 April 2013, whichever provides longer coverage for you. Apple will continue to evaluate service data and provide extensions to this programme as needed.
    We apologise for any inconvenience.
    Sincerely,
    Apple Inc.
    BOOOO!! Faff incoming (and also I need to get my arse in gear and order some back up solutions). Sigh.
  • dominalien 25 Oct 2012 12:46:59 7,065 posts
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    You don't have an external drive with Time Machine backups? You really should.

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  • binky Moderator 25 Oct 2012 14:06:18 9,947 posts
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    Yeah. I should. I just... you know... haven't got round to it.
    Still, a tad annoying having to lug a 27inch iMac back to the store sans box!
  • binky Moderator 25 Oct 2012 14:28:18 9,947 posts
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    ...which leads to my next question:

    Recommendations for easy all in one back up drive?
  • delbert 25 Oct 2012 14:37:09 2,893 posts
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    @binky I use one of these half for backups and half for extra storage of non-critical stuff
  • binky Moderator 25 Oct 2012 14:42:34 9,947 posts
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    @delbert Good price too!
  • 1Dgaf 2 Nov 2012 11:50:09 3,975 posts
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    A few months ago I posted that there was a grid pattern on our new macbook's screen. Turns out its to do with how its made and we could wipe it off with an alcoholic screen wipe.

    Just cleaned the screen and the grid is back again.

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  • craigy Staff 2 Nov 2012 12:29:23 7,835 posts
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    Is that something todo with the screen touching the keyboard when it's closed?
  • 1Dgaf 2 Nov 2012 22:07:14 3,975 posts
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    No, the squares are only about 1/2cm wide. It looks like a checquered tea-towl has been put on there.

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  • dominalien 2 Nov 2012 23:16:48 7,065 posts
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    My keyboard, or rather the grease off my fingers, imprints very clearly on my mbp's screen. I got a very thin mousepad, which doubles as a screen wipe, which I put on the keyboard before closing the lid and it's solved this particular problem.

    Seems very akin to the issue with the 3ds where the edges of the lower screen touch and soil the upper one when the console is closed.

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  • craigy Staff 4 Jan 2013 07:53:57 7,835 posts
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    My Mac at home has started exhibiting a strange behaviour -- the volume is randomly turning itself up, down, and muting itself.

    I've turned bluetooth off (to eliminate rouge remote interference) and have given all the ports a dust, but it's still happening. I'm thinking that the keyboard might be on its way out.

    Anyone had a similar thing happen to them?
  • boo 4 Jan 2013 08:12:39 11,929 posts
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    Those rouge remotes can be very annoying...
    ...but a nice colour!
    ;o)

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  • Deleted user 4 January 2013 08:29:33
    Old batteries in your keyboard? Seems unlikely but I've seen similar behaviour with our PC keyboards and mice. Never had it with my Mac, though, so clutching at straws.

    Keys sticky? Have you been drinking red wine at the keyboard again Craigy?
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