Spinning wheel iMac Repair

A rare sighting we had recently – this 2008 iMac was working very slow with an occasional spinning wheel being stuck on the screen for minutes at a time. It was clear that it needed a Spinning wheel iMac Repair.

This as of today is 11-year-old iMac and hardware-wise was a beast. All components were functioning perfectly apart from the failing hard drive.
Recently we posted about a 2011 iMac with a failed HDD which we had an SSD drive installed and this came right after it. Even 4 years apart they both had perfectly working GPU and other components, with only failing hard drives due to the dust and fluff collected inside.

iMac with a spinning wheel and works very slow - Spinning wheel iMac Repair
iMac with a spinning wheel and works very slow – Spinning wheel iMac Repair

These iMacs have an advanced cooling system. Much better than 2015 and newer models. With 3 Fans keeping each side of the heatsink and HDD separately cooled down, no wonder it takes a staggering 10 years for these hard drives to fail. If we read through Google’s research on Hard Drive failure rates we can see that if they don’t fail in the first 3-6 months due to production issues. They tend to last about 3-4 years under heavy usage. An this is on Enterprise level hard drives, Consumer drives usually are not used in such intense scenarios and last bit longer.

Repair Process

We knew what the issue is and advised the customer of potential options and perhaps the age of the system. But he was happy to have it repaired and upgraded with an SSD as he was using it mainly for web browsing and invoicing for his business. There would be no more Spinning wheels on this iMac after this repair.

iMac upgrade traditional hard drive with an SSD - Spinning wheel iMac Repair
iMac upgrade traditional hard drive with an SSD – Spinning wheel iMac Repair

The next part was straight forward, we took it apart. What a breeze to work on these machines. Everything is modular and made to be repaired, unlike new iMac’s which are a pain to take apart and any upgrade costs $$$ in parts.

Additionally, we also serviced the iMac, knowing that it will be used for another couple years we wanted to ensure it is a lasting repair.

Overheating iMac serviced
Overheating iMac serviced

Spinning wheel iMac Repair we offer here in Adelaide includes a couple of simple steps:

  1. Get a Quote for the repair before any work is done, even over the phone.
  2. Free pick up from the client’s location in Adelaide. Or alternatively, drop in for a quick check while you wait.
  3. Confirming final cost and “Go” from the client.
  4. Repairing and ensuring everything works as expected.
  5. Returning repaired system back to the client. Or the client can pick it up from our workshop.

We have sophisticated equipment in our workshop with high accuracy microscope, ultrasonic cleaning bath, reflow machine and tools for micro soldering to achieve high-quality logic board repairs. With hundreds of components in stock, we can quickly locate and replace faulty chips, resistors, and capacitors in Macbooks.

The Result

New Hard drive worked wonders on this system. We had to install El Capitan to ensure all applications customer was using are compatible and system can still receive applications via the AppStore.

El Capitan installed on SSD drive of 2008 iMac
El Capitan installed on SSD drive of 2008 iMac

Last part was to transfer customer’s data and he was ready to sail.

Transferring back customer's data to newly installed SSD
Transferring back customer’s data to newly installed SSD

Would you like to read more about our Macbook Keyboard Replacement repairs? Check out some of our published repair cases.

Do you need a Slow iMac Repair service in Adelaide?

If your Macbook or iMac is causing troubles and you need a Macbook Repair Service in Adelaide, give us a call, and we will advise for the best scenario to get your device repaired.

We at IT-Solve, specialise in computer and electronics repairs. And we will do our best to repair your Computer quickly without involving high costs and long waiting times in repair shops.

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