iMac Hard Drive Failure - Help!
November 10, 2012 12:04 PM Subscribe
My iMac hard drive is failing - please help!
posted by jammy to Computers & Internet (9 answers total)
I have an iMac (27" 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 4GB RAM 1TB HD).
Lately it has been quite slow - the rainbow pinwheel now makes frequent appearances when running more than one program. It is also making a lot of noise - murmuring and growling and clicking - even when no programs are running.
I went into Disk Utility and, when I select the menu item highlighted in red called "ST31000528ASQ Media" am then told that "This drive has a hardware problem that can't be repaired. Back up as much data as possible and replace the disk. See an authorized Apple dealer for information." And in the information block below: "S.M.A.R.T. Status : Failing".
What do I do? I have searched through various Mac and other forums and it seems that some folk think this is an easily solved problem where one simply swaps in a new hard drive. Others, however, have encountered problems of various sorts, where new hard drives are incompatible for one reason or another.
I rely upon this computer for a good portion of my precarious income and can not, at present, really afford a new one. Can I save this one? Can I do it myself with little to no experience in hacking hardware? Should I leave it to professionals? Any advice or ideas are most appreciated.
Apple care / warranty expired at least a year or more ago.
Last question: Am I harming it by continuing to use it?
And yes: I have currently backed up all of my essential data to an external drive. That said: If anyone has advice about back-ups (i.e., things commonly missed that are quite important) please do chime in.