IMAC won’t Boot...

Created at: 2021-05-12 20:34:07
Questioner General

On New Year’s Day I was greeted with a frozen IMAC and when restarted never booted up again. Tried everything I can find and now this morning I can actually hear a clicking sound which I am guessing is my hard drive. Do I have any options here? In MacOS recovery i can’t use first aid as when I try it just fails and unmounts. Wondering if target disk mode has any hope or is my hard drive dead dead and everything lost?

Answer #1:

By: Ms. Jermaine Schimmel II

On New Year’s Day I was greeted with a frozen IMAC and when restarted never booted up again. Tried everything I can find and now this morning I can actually hear a clicking sound which I am guessing is my hard drive. Do I have any options here? In MacOS recovery i can’t use first aid as when I try it just fails and unmounts. Wondering if target disk mode has any hope or is my hard drive dead dead and everything lost?

Answer #2:

By: Dr. Sigrid Waelchi

There is nothing wrong with an external SSD solution at all.

Answer #3:

By: Donato Abbott DVM

From your description your HD has crashed and must be replaced. My recommendation is to replace it with an SSD. You will need to take it to an Apple Authorized Service Provider to finalize the diagnosis and they can discuss the various options available to you. DO NOT attempt to do the work yourself unless you make your living as PC tech and have a great deal of experience with adhesives and working in very tight and complex spaces. If you do, there is a very good chance you will brick the computer and have to buy it's replacement.

Answer #4:

By: Jakayla Baumbach

From your description your HD has crashed and must be replaced. My recommendation is to replace it with an SSD. You will need to take it to an Apple Authorized Service Provider to finalize the diagnosis and they can discuss the various options available to you. DO NOT attempt to do the work yourself unless you make your living as PC tech and have a great deal of experience with adhesives and working in very tight and complex spaces. If you do, there is a very good chance you will brick the computer and have to buy it's replacement.

Answer #5:

By: Tyson Daugherty

Thanks for at least confirming. It was also a Fusion drive. Thinking about just getting an external SSD to boot from, thoughts?

Answer #6:

By: Dr. Jana Langworth DVM

There is nothing wrong with an external SSD solution at all.

Answer #7:

By: Ms. Cassie Pollich Jr.

Thanks

Answer #8:

By: Miss Jody Legros

Your welcome.

Answer #9:

By: Jenifer Cole DVM

Good afternoon,

Have a follow up question hoping you can help me with. I was able to download MacOs to an external from recovery and boot my IMAC. Works great now. However, my internal that was not showing up before all the sudden I can see it but its def going to die.

My question: I want to try and use disk utility to clone my internal to an external, does it need to be the same exact size, or only large enough to hold the amount of space I was using up? Hope that makes sense.

Answer #10:

By: Sydnee Feest

I think it may be more wise to use your Time Machine back up to restore from that to the new SSD.

Answer #11:

By: Miss Gerda Schmeler Jr.

I do not have a time machine back up to use so that is why I was going to try this option. I am just not sure if the drive I clone to needs to be the same size if I was not using all the space