iMac A1418 2014 HDD to SSD Replacement
Hey guys today we received an iMac A1418 2014. We started by doing a check-up because the computer had symptoms of the hard drives going bad, some examples of this issue are the computer booting up and getting stuck on the Apple logo, on a loading screen, or it boots up and goes into a black screen which most likely means the hard drive was faulty. We had an SSD with MacOS Capitan so we can go through the computer and check the drive, Once we booted up on the SDD we were able to go through the computer and do a backup at first it did not let us add ourselves to the folders and perform a backup on the PC what we ended up doing was using a program called “Carbon Copy Cloner” to perform the backup. Once the data was saved, we went to disk utility to see if First Aid can auto repair the drive. After that we used “Drive Dx” and it gave us a failing status on the drive. So, what we have to do is replace the HDD to an SSD because an SSD is an improvement from a hard drive and it can even make the PC faster. Before we started to take anything apart, we made sure we checked the camera as it is one of the steps on our checkup. After that, we began on the hard drive replacement. The computer has a double-sided foam tape that can be cut straight through the middle with a thin plastic tool that can be slid into the slit on the side of the screen with patience and repetition as you cut away the foam will start to come apart. Once it is apart there is a flex cable connecting the LCD to the board with the computer laid down it is much easier to unclip. On the bottom of the screen, there is a two-part tape holding the screen down which can be taken off by pulling on two pull tabs. With the screen safely put aside, we can begin unmounting the hard drive from the board using a T10 driver. The mount is held by 4 screws 2 on each side of plates that hold the drive in place, luckily we were able to remove the drive without taking off the speaker. From there we inserted the SSD by placing it in place and connecting it, once it was connected to the hard drive cable it was in place and we can put the shock absorbers back onto this one that we took off from the HDD. From there we placed the mounts back on and the new drive was on. After this, we had to clean the sides of the PC and take off as much of that foam tape. When it was all off we placed on the new tape that will seal everything back on. Then we move on to the screen, following the same process we cleaned it up by removing that foam tape from the screen. From there we can place the screen back on and reconnect that flex cable and we held the screen with painters tape because we needed it to be held in place and not fall off before we tested it. The computer booted up correctly and we ran a check-up to make sure everything was working correctly. The last step is removing the pull tabs and finally sealing the Mac back up starting from the bottom of the screen to have it placed where it belongs and then the rest. And that’s what’s going on today at PC 911.