A Little Bit of Resolution

Posted by on Oct 14, 2008

And I shall call it Lazarus. My iMac that is. And I promise this will be my last post about it.

My Mac world spins blissfully on once again as last weekend I was able to install a new hard drive in my iMac. I purchased a 500 GB Seagate drive, and with the help of my dog (who insisted on sitting right next to me so she could take in the wonderful smell of computer), installed the drive in about 30 minutes. It’s quite amazing to peer into the innards of a computer as well engineered as the iMac.

I was also able to use a USB to SATA converter to get all my data off my old drive, so no valuable photos, music, or graphics files were lost. I did try to run DiskWarrior with no success, which affirmed how totally hosed the drive really was. The short of it is, I’m back in business.

Just like my experience creating this blog, there is so much here for me to consider in correlation to the learning process for students. I don’t think there is any refuting how powerful a learning experience can be when it is motivating and guided by self-interest. I spoke at length about this in one of my previous posts, so I won’t rehash it all again.

Tomorrow I plan to return to thoughts that are more directly tied to technology in the education process. Thanks for sticking with my ramblings about my computer issues.


  1. Charlene
    October 20, 2008

    I’m with you… it’s all about the learning… that being said, can you share more about the USB to SATA converter? This would be great to know about, especially since Apple has discontinued installing the firewire port on the new MacBooks and MBPro.

    See: http://apcmag.com/top_10_things_you_didnt_know_about_the_new_macbook.htm


  2. admin
    October 20, 2008


    Here’s a link to the converter. http://www.cablestogo.com/product.asp?cat_id=927&sku=30504

    It would only work if you can access your drive from within your machine, but if you aren’t afraid to crack open the case, it works wonderfully.

    One point of clarification. The new MacBook Pros do have firewire 800 ports. When I did the data migration from my previous MBP to my new one, I did have to use the ethernet connection, however, as I didn’t have a firewire 800 cable around. Looks like another thing I’m going to have to purchase.

    You are correct about the new MacBooks not having firewire. I’m not so sure about Steve’s decision on that one.



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