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 Post subject: iMac Hard Drive Revive?
PostPosted: September 9th, 2017, 20:41 
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My aunt's iMac refused to boot. After a bunch of tests, seemed like the hard drive was suspect. I Pulled the hd out and hooked it up to power and a sata-USB adapter. It wouldn't spin at all. Last ditch effort was to buy an identical drive and swap the controller board. It'll spin now, but it will not mount. I've never seen the MBR reported like it is in the attached pic. Is the drive absolute toast or is there anything else to try?


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 Post subject: Re: iMac Hard Drive Revive?
PostPosted: September 10th, 2017, 3:17 
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Hi, you will need to move the old ROM chip to the new board as well.
Take a picture of the component sida, we will point it out for you.

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 Post subject: Re: iMac Hard Drive Revive?
PostPosted: September 10th, 2017, 11:26 
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Thank you for the reply, there's a ton of family pics on the hd that we'd love to rescue. Of course there's no backup despite me telling her again and again...


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 Post subject: Re: iMac Hard Drive Revive?
PostPosted: September 11th, 2017, 5:47 
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ROM chip at U12

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 Post subject: Re: iMac Hard Drive Revive?
PostPosted: September 11th, 2017, 13:47 
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Much thanks. I've been practicing removal and replacement all morning on some spares I have laying around. Thanks for the help!


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 Post subject: Re: iMac Hard Drive Revive?
PostPosted: September 11th, 2017, 15:59 
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IT LIVES!!! Copying stuff down now. Again, thank you for all your help guys.


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