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iMac 2012 is not loading due to a failed SSD drive


2012 iMac working extremely slow due to a failing drive. Surprisingly the drive has been already replaced with a SSD. However, the replaced SSD has failed shortly. Investigation showed that the recently replaced SSD origin was completely different the ones we fitted over the years

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Therefore, it should be used as general guidance on what to expect from such repairs.

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Today we received a 2012 model iMac which is not loading due to a failed drive.

Testing the internal Hard Drive of a 2012 iMac working slow

Why would iMac 2012 won’t start?

iMacs built before 2012 would work slowly as time passes. This usually is caused due to the internal hard drive being designed with a mechanical hard drive. These mechanical drives have a moving mechanism Additionally, they use an arm that holds an electromagnetic head to read and write data.

Failed Samsung SSD Drive on 2012 model iMac

However, this was not the case with this iMac. The iMac already had an upgraded mechanical drive to a Crucial SSD drive. These drives are usually quite reliable, but for some reason, this one has failed.

Luckily the customer already had a backup of his data via a Time Machine. This saved them a fortune in recovering their data in case the SSD stopped being recognised under Disk Utility.

Replacing failed iMac 2012 Crucial SSD \with a high-quality Samsung Drive

We have seen most of these Crucial SSDs being extremely reliable. They are manufactured in Mexico and pass any other SSDs we come across.

This Crucial SSD, however, had a different origin, which we haven’t come across before. It makes you wonder if there is a production difference between these.

Crucial SSD not made in Mexico failed only after 2.1TB of data RW

Certainly, 2.1TB of data read/write should not be much. As these SSDs are designed to 100-fold that value. Perhaps there are fake ones floating in the market?

Replacing failed SSD drive causing 2012 iMac not loading

Fitted Samsung EVO SSD in place of the failed Crucial SSD

We have replaced the failed Crucial SSD with a high-quality Samsung EVO SSD. We would prefer still to use a Crucial drive if possible. In this case, we followed the customers’ preference for a Samsung Drive and fitted it.

Successful Not Loading iMac Repair in Adelaide

These 2012 iMacs are easy to repair due to the design built around quality parts and repairability in mind. Unlike newer iMacs which are not even designed to be taken apart, let alone SSD to be replaced in case of a failure.

Installing the operating system on the brand-new Samsung EVO SSD

All new SSDs come blank from the factory and require an operating system to be installed.

Here at IT-Solve, our Not Loading iMac Repair workshop in Adelaide is equipped with all the tools needed to wrap up such repair in a span of a day.

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Do you need this Repair in Adelaide?

If your Macbook or Laptop is causing trouble and you need a Laptop & Macbook Repair Service in Adelaide, give us a call, and we will advise on the best scenario to get your Device repaired.

We at IT-Solve, specialise in Mac, Laptops and Electronics Repairs. We will do our best to repair your Device quickly without involving high costs and long waiting times in Repair shops. Our average repair takes under a week!

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Repaired, not Replaced!

We are committed to reducing e-waste in Australia. We do it by educating our customers on the reparability and longevity of their devices, as well as providing affordable Laptop and Macbook Repairs here in Adelaide.
Although our best intentions and hard work, this is not an easy task. Customers must accept that cost of high-quality electronic repairs is between a third and half of the price of a new device. However, with the current trend of planned obsolescence in electronic design, we see more and more Laptops having shorter lifespans. To tackle that, while we do our repairs, we target common planned obsolescence engineering design mistakes to ensure we extend the life expectancy of the Laptops we Repair. Check some of our Repair Cases to get an idea of the process.

That said, if we buy a new one or write it off via insurance, it does not guarantee that the new one will not meet the same fate as the older one pretty soon.

Quite often, we see accidents reoccurring within less than 2-year gaps. So if we can save 2000$ or even 1000$ today by repairing our faulty Laptop or Macbook is brilliant. That’s an extra half cost of a Device, ready to be spent on another one. If the time comes or our need for performance changes.
When that time comes is up to us to buy a new one or keep pushing the one we have, but delaying it by a year or three is always a good starting point and saves another abandoned Laptop or Macbook from polluting our only Planet.

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