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gescamil Level 1 Level 1
So my imac from 2006 (i think...20 inch plastic intel) booted up today to the blinking folder with a question mark on it. I rebooted into the osx disc to set the hdd as the startup disk, but it didn't show up in the list. Then I tried to see if I needed to repair the hdd using disk utility but the hdd wasn't showing up. So, do I have to replace the hdd? Not looking forward to it if I do.

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Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7
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    Run the Apple Hardware Test from the Install DVD. Startup the iMac quickly insert the DVD and press & hold the D key.


    Dah•veed

  • gescamil Level 1 Level 1
    takes forever to boot, the folder with ? flashes, then the apple with spinning thing comes on...takes forever again to load and then I get the installer screen. Tried clearing and resetting smc and pram, did nothing.

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  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7
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    You need to press & hold the D key as soon as possible after you insert the DVD.
  • gescamil Level 1 Level 1
    yeah, I did that and what I described above happened. Now the mac won't spit the dvd out.
  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7
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    Restart the iMac while pressing and holding the mouse in a left click and the DVD should pop out.
  • iTechCNS Level 1 Level 1
    Hi,
    I have had similar issues, you will have to restart it and press and hold the eject disk on the keyboard right away and it will force it out.

    Also to answer you question on way you are not seeing the Hard Drive and way you have the folder with question mark on the start up: is because your Hard Drive is dead.

    You will need to buy another Hard Drive install it and then fresh install the OS X.
    I have seen this issue too many times and every time is resulting with bad Hard Disk Drive...


    Look at the bright side, Hard Drives are cheep now and you have iFix it to assist you on step by step installation. (this is unless you have Apple Care).
  • gescamil Level 1 Level 1
    yeah, that's kinda what I was expecting. I looked through the ifixit guide and that's what's making me not look forward to it.

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  • iTechCNS Level 1 Level 1
    I was the same on my first iMac repair, but once you crack it open all it is easy, you will have to have patience when you work them...
    If you are near my area in Orange County, CA i hope I will be more then happy to help you swap it.
    Otherwise you are looking around $400 to $500 repair parts included from Apple Store. Or you can look for reliable local harware shops that can do it for cheep.
  • gescamil Level 1 Level 1
    appreciate the offer but I'm used to working with the internals of apple products. They don't make it easy, but it's not like it's impossible. When I put ram into my old mac mini, then when I swapped the hdd on my mbp (before they made it easy), and when I replaced the glass on my mother's cracked iphone, it was like disarming a bomb.
  • Silly rabbit Level 4 Level 4
    It's nothing like an iPhone. It will take you under an hour to do following the iFixit guide. You will need a long shanked torx 6 driver to get the screws out around the display. They are a bit of a pain and will easily fall into the machine. I put a drop of viscous glue onto the head of the driver to stop the screws falling off into the machine, the same for putting them back in. The rest is easy.



    Make sure you buy a high quality and high capacity SATA2 hard drive, at least 500GB with a five year to lifetime warranty. It is not a job you want to be doing every year.



    Give it a go!
    Good luck
  • Aaryn Bechard Level 1 Level 1
    Try running Disk Utility on it. When restarting, hold down the "C" key to try and boot.
  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7
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    Try reading his original post;
    Then I tried to see if I needed to repair the hdd using disk utility but the hdd wasn't showing up.
  • Aaryn Bechard Level 1 Level 1
    Hmm, missed that. It's been a long day at work, I guess I'm not as perfect as you.
  • iTechCNS Level 1 Level 1
    Take ti easy guys we are here to help out....

    gescamil,

    If you are handy with the hardware, go for it and swap the drive and let us know how its going. From what you are describing to us it does sounds like bad HDD.

    Good luck.
    Goran
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