Another vote for Super Duper. Get along to your local Apple Store, their customer service here in Bristol is marvellous. If the hard drive has failed, it should not be too costly to replace. That is, a lot cheaper than a new iMac. Best of luck John.
Apple time capsule 2tb model. Altough all this talk is making me nervous... When i access the tc everything on it comes under "data"
If i have a breakdown on my macbook will the "data" being itunes, photos etc all sort itself out on the replacement hard drive/computer??
Yes you will have an option when starting up a new computer or your old computer with a new hhd to setup from your TC
Thanks Landzw. Put my mind at rest!!
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It just doesn't work...
Flashing file folder on startup, keeps turning itself off. Advice seems to be to boot up from the DVD. Now if only I could find it...
I feel your pain. My son knocked my coffee (two sugars included) all over my laptop earlier. It doesn't like booting particularly well now and so, I'm now looking for a new laptop, DAC plans shelved.
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Probably just needs a clean...
iMac is booked into the genius bar for Saturday for a diagnosis. Local Apple Authorised Service Centre is £55 an hour, which is apparently about right for an iMac hard drive replace (plus 50 quid for the same size hard drive, maybe 75 if I go bigger, which I'm inclined to).
Friend of a friend is offering to do a data recovery on my old one if needed for a couple of hundred...
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I've had the keyboard out so far and some of the coffee has gone under the top case and into the internals, probably causing the hung starts and loud beeping.
I don't want to fork out for a new keyboard to find out that the system is knackered, nevermind buy a new laptop. I'll maybe give it a few days to see if things improve.
I shall back away from the bay, as with a few ciders, I may do something rash and buy something I'll regret in the morning. Damn.
Good luck with yours though.
Definitely wait a couple of days before "splashing out" on a new keyboard (sorry, that's really unnecessary, I feel ashamed). I saw a few coffee incidents back in my time in support and they didn't usually end well unfortunately...
However, you never know!
I did the first important things like pull the ac power and remove the battery before cleaning externally and leaving in the sun to dry. Fingers crossed.
'Splashing out', yeah, I saw what you did there. Thanks.
Is it a flashing file folder with a question mark in it? This can mean that it's just lost the path to where the OS is. That's why you ought to try and find the start up discs it came with and boot up from them. You can then run a check and repair on the internal disc. If it all checks out fine, you can then tell the iMac to boot from your internal drive and it should find the OS on there and start up again.
And another thumbs up for superduper (paid) - excellent.
Good luck !
Before you turn it back on again, if you can find any silica gel bags (worth popping into your local Hi-Fi emporium and seeing if they've any lying around - they can be re-used), put the laptop into a plastic bag with no holes in it along with the silica gel sachets. Seal the bag and put it into a warm place (an airing cupboard for example) for a couple of days - if you can't find any silica gel, then some rice wrapped in cloth is a less efficient alternative. The silica/rice will absorb any moisture left. However what will have done the most damage is not the liquid itself, but the sugar, which if left there will just rot the circuit boards.
I remember seeing a £200K Grass Valley 300 vision mixer receive the contents of a full can of coke from the overexuberant arm waving of a director and then watching two engineers fly into the room like maniacs, rip out all the circuit boards and put them into a bath full of water, before the sugar in the coke could damage the boards - they would only have moved faster if someone had said free beer! Took 2 days to dry them all out, but the desk worked as soon as it was switched back on.
Fingers crossed !
Before you turn it back on again, if you can find any silica gel bags (worth popping into your local Hi-Fi emporium and seeing if they've any lying around - they can be re-used), put the laptop into a plastic bag with no holes in it along with the silica gel sachets. Seal the bag and put it into a warm place (an airing cupboard for example) for a couple of days - if you can't find any silica gel, then some rice wrapped in cloth is a less efficient alternative. The silica/rice will absorb any moisture left.
Thanks for the tip, Rob. The fault was traced and limited to the now very sticky keyboard, easily fixed with a replacement. I managed a faultless boot with the keyboard removed.
Any PCBs should be ok, as only a small amount of liquid should have dripped into the internals and the PCBs are laquered.
Of course, the fault only became apparent after I had bought a replacement laptop.
The man at the genius bar was able to mount the iMac drive on his MacBook over FireWire so am off to maplins to buy a cable. Will copy the hard drive and then try a fresh install if I can find the snow leopard disk (or will buy another).
Upgrade to Lion? I missed out on Snow Leopard (older PowerPC Mac wouldn't run it) so not sure how big a difference it is, but I'm a big fan of the way it works and love the gestures support.
Can I rescue an SL hard drive with a Lion disk? That would be my preferred starting point I think.
And bizarrely, the Mac has just booted up normally. Am running a backup as we speak...
Good point - not sure on that one...
Ah computers - don't you just love them!
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