5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 29, 2011 7:30 AM by JenW
JenW Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
My iMac hard drive totally died, crashed, stopped working. : (
Do you suggest getting a totally new computer or just replacing the hard drive? What are the advantages/disadvantages of either choice (cost, difficulty, etc.)

iMac G5 desktop, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Ralph Landry1 Level 8 Level 8 (38,555 points)
    Hi Jen,

    As you can see from my profile, I like to keep machines around awhile

    That said, the G5 is an aging machine, does not run the latest OS, 10.6, and is limited in memory capacity. However, if the machine meets your needs and serves you well it is hard to simply say replace it.

    A new hard drive installed will be on the order of a couple-to-few hundred dollars depending on where you have it done, or do it yourself. Depending on your G5 model it may be an easy task to change yourself, for some others a hard task.

    The new iMacs are beautiful, fast, lots of memory, huge hard drives, and so on. Very tempting. You can get a good price idea by just looking at the Apple on-line store, find a model that meets your needs.

    Hope this helps.
    Ralph
  • Dale Weisshaar Level 6 Level 6 (15,865 points)
    Well I would do this first, Try using Disk Utility to do a Disk Repair, as shown in this link, while booted up on your install disk.

    You could have some directory corruption. Let us know what errors Disk Utility reports and if DU was able to repair them. Disk Utility's Disk Repair is not perfect and may not find or repair all directory issues. A stronger utility may be required to finish the job.

    After that Repair Permissions.

    No need to report Permissions errors....we all get them.

    Post back if this didn't help!

      DALE

  • KAKAMASA Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    If you have the budget, I highly suggest a new Intel Mac since, the new Mac mini is a lovely machine. As much as I still have my G4 iMac, because of its PPC processer, its use is very limited, because Apple stopped supporting PPC (the last OSX can install on it is Leopard, and also my favorite site Netflix Watch instatnly won't play on it. but keep your iMac as a collector's item tho, may twenty years later you can sell it for $20.000!
  • iZuk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    If your mac is one without the iSight, hard drive replace seems extremely simple and a hard disk as spare part should cost ~50$
    Search for right guide here http://www.ifixit.com/Browse/Mac
    Good luck
  • JenW Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Dale - Thanks for the info, but unfortunately, my problem is completely mechanical. I brought the iMac into the apple store & had them look at it. He told me that there is nothing to run for disk repair/disk utility/etc. because the computer physically does not work.

    Message was edited by: JenW