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Learning by Doing

Learning by Doing

Photo-A-Day 2.0 #00561

A few weeks back our iMac died. This was a 2011 model that we had purchased soon after moving in. It served us quite well until the hard drive failed terribly. I spent time with the Apple folks on the phone and we determined that the drive was bad. I could have it fixed at a computer store that worked with older models like ours. I could not just go to an Apple Store and have them replace the hard drive because the model is one they no longer work on. Luckily everything except for one file was backed up. Unfortunately that was my Quicken file where I had a meticulous grasp on our finances through the software. Paying to have that one file recovered was out of the question.

Paying to have the computer fixed was also a bit out there for me. I looked out the model and hard drive replacement online and found a kit and a new hard drive for under $100. I figured that for $100, if it doesn’t work I’m not out too much money. If it does work then I don’t need to replace the family computer.

So, I took the computer apart. Andy watched because he wanted to see “the guts” of the computer. I think he was disappointed because he was expecting it to be more like guts, who knows. When I asked Eva to check it out she was way more excited about it. I put the computer back together after installing the new drive. Still wouldn’t work right, now I was unable to reinstall the OS. I figured I’d take it apart one more time and try something else which I did on Monday and that also did not work. I’m out of options. Did a lot of research and testing but hit a wall over and over.

So… Eva has a computer to tinker with and explore. She’s free to disassemble the entire thing any way she wants. Who knows, she may even find a way to get it working again. I may even bring up the MUCH older PC that is in the basement and see if she wants to take that apart as well. That one should still work.

DIY Computer Fixes

The guts of a computer

Photo-A-Day 2.0 #00557

That title may be misleading because, well I did not fix the problem… yet. Back about a month ago our family computer died. The hard drive failed and there was nothing more I could do for it. Pretty much every photo was already backed up to Google and the cloud so I was okay there. The one thing that I did lose was my Quicken file. That bugs me a lot because I had been maintaining a quicken file for several years and for some reason I got too comfortable with the reliability of the iMac that I didn’t back up the file anywhere. So I lost it. Luckily, however, all of our accounts and whatnot allowed me to pull the transactions into a new Quicken file and I could start again.

When The hard drive crashed I contacted Apple Service to see if they could help. My options were to have someone install a new hard drive for a couple hundred bucks or pay for costly data recovery from the crashed drive and also pay someone to fix the hard drive. I opted for searching on YouTube on how to remove a hard drive from an iMac and replace it yourself. So that is what I did. For just about $100 I got a new hard drive and the tools needed to remove the glass, screen and old hard drive in the iMac. I had andy watch me do it, too because I thought it would be interesting to him. I got him to come see by telling him that he’d see the “guts” of the computer. In his words, he thought there would be more guts.

I got the new hard drive in place and everything buttoned back up but now I cannot load the recovery software. So, it is back to the drawing board.