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Unbootable iMac

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My iMac will no longer boot up and i am not sure how to remove the hard disk to recover the information from it, does anyone have any suggestions?




iMac with 2GH IntelcoreDuo, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • Tlix Level 4 Level 4 (1,315 points)
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    Mar 16, 2013 3:05 AM (in response to Rabber)

    Bear in mind that removing the hard drive will void whatever warranty you have left. Best to leave it to the professionals.

  • Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6 (12,165 points)
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    Mar 16, 2013 4:23 AM (in response to Rabber)

    Have a look at iFixit to see if there is a guide for your particular Mac:

  • R C-R Level 6 Level 6 (13,805 points)
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    Mar 16, 2013 4:42 AM (in response to Rabber)

    It would help if we knew exactly what model you have. This Apple article or this third party site may help with that.


    Most older iMacs are not very difficult to open if you are careful, take your time, have the right tools, & a good guide like those available from web sites like iFixIt. If you are not concerned about reviving a dead one & just want to pull the hard drive, you are not risking much by trying it yourself.


    However, before you try opening it you might want to see if it will start up in Target Disk Mode. If so, you should be able to transfer its HD's contents to another Mac without ever opening the case.


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