Help me salvage a hard drive from a busted iMac
December 10, 2007 2:24 PM Subscribe
Help me figure out how to salvage my hard drive!
posted by agent99 to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have an iMac G5, 17-inch, that has been spontaneously rebooting for about a week. It is not among the serial numbers covered by Apple's extended logic board replacement program. Today, after I tried to re-set the SMU, it has decided not to power up anymore at all. I opened it up and checked the inner LEDs, according to instructions on the Apple site, and they apparently say that my logic board needs to be replaced. This computer is, of course, out of warranty.
So, please advise me! Luckily I have a PowerBook G4 that is functional, so all is not lost.
1. Most importantly, I need to use what is on the G5's hard drive, ASAP. How do I make the internal hard drive an external hard drive?
2. Should I contact AppleCare about this, even though my computer's serial number is not included in the extended warranty program?
3. Is it worth replacing the logic board on this computer if I have to pay out of pocket, given that I could just by a new iMac with an educational discount?
4. Is there any kind of buyer's market for a G5 with a broken logic board and no hard drive? I.e. what do I do with this thing if it's not going to be repaired?
Thanks, thanks, thanks!