I Think I Killed My Mac-Day 2

Posted by on Oct 9, 2008

This has been quite an experience.  I should probably clarify one thing quickly before I update where I’m at and where my iMac is at.

I’m not cheap.  Really.  I know it might seem like I’m trying to get out of this without spending any money, but that’s not the case at all.  I’m trying to get the most knowledge out of this experience as possible.  If I wanted to go the cheap way, I’d just take the machine in and have it fixed.  There’s no risk in that.  If I ran a risk vs. cost analysis of trying to fix the machine myself, the results would prove that I’m not taking the fiscally responsible path.  But, I can’t resist.  It’s like when you were a kid and you took apart the toaster to see what it looked like on the inside.  It’s a completely inquisitive, problem-based learning opportunity.  I could probably write five different posts on the relationship of this experience to the way learning happens in the classroom.  Maybe I will in the future.

On to the update.  It got gory last night.  I opened up the iMac and began pulling out its innards as it yelled out “Freedom.”  I’ve gone past the point of no return.  Here’s the proof.

I have a friend who is going to let me borrow a SATA connection interface so I can see if I can connect the drive directly to my MacBook Pro and retrieve any data.  Thanks to Jay Blackman for that suggestion.  Also, Adam Christianson from The MacCast sent me a very helpful email recommending I give DiskWarrior a try.  If I can get the data off the drive, and since I already have the computer in pieces, I think I’m going to purchase a higher capacity hard drive to replace the old drive.  See, I don’t mind spending some money.

Well, that’s where we’re at right now.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I will once again get to see the pictures, listen to the music, and work on the graphics projects that I fear may never be seen, heard, or worked on again.

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