Recently, my iMac has been acting a bit flakily the last year, or so. Some weeks it would work just fine. Zero problems. Other times it would lock up and become unresponsive after I clicked on an app. Sometimes, it happened daily. A reboot always seemed to change its attitude and I continued on, happily.
The past couple of weeks, though, I’ve had to restore from my Time Machine backups to be able to log back in. Unfortunately, that takes about 6 – 8 hours. Yesterday, it happened again, only this time, the computer refused to have its head cleared. I restarted it and waited, and waited, and waited a bit more. In fact, it let it sit overnight and it never did complete its boot up. So, this morning I took it to Dat-A-Syst. They are an authorized Apple repair shop, located very conveniently to my house.
After I described the symptoms, they indicated that, more than likely, it was a hard drive failure. Considering that I’ve had the same hard drive for 6 years, that’s pretty darn good, I’d say. The estimate to replace the 1 TB HDD is about $150, parts + labor. Not bad! That was the first estimate. When they called me back, the guy laughed and said: Man! When I hooked that drive up it had so many errors that I was surprised that it worked at all. It’s probably been “dead” for about a month. Dead drive crawling! 🙂 He said that I needed a new drive sensor cable, too.
Thankfully, I will not have to buy another one because:
1. They cost a lot of $$$
2. I don’t like the way that Apple is going with their designs (can’t upgrade, need dongles, etc)
3. They haven’t really improved them all that much in 6 years, save for USB 3 and a little more CPU speed, but nothing really impressive … kind of like their iPhone upgrades … a new camera and lack of a headphone port 🙂
Anyway, I should probably have it back soon. For now, blogging from the laptop.