If you have an iMac – please read!!

What a crazy few days I’ve had!  When I went to my studio around 8 am on Wednesday to prepare for the SURTEX webinar I was conducting at 9, I arrived to discover that my computer was toast!

It gave me some weird error about not having enough memory to run my programs – false!  I just added a bunch so I knew this wasn’t legit… some of my programs had been working a bit slower than normal for a few days and even crashing… that’s a sure sign you are headed for trouble.

I closed the programs like the warning told me to do and attempted to restart my computer.  All I ever saw again was a gray screen and the Apple…

Apparently there has been a recall on some iMacs with Seagate hard drives.  I don’t recall getting an email about it – so I didn’t know until I went and chatted with my local Apple Store genius.  My poor computer was just destined to fail!

If you have an iMac, I highly recommend figuring out if yours is a ticking time bomb BEFORE it stops you in your tracks…

Here is a link to learn more: http://www.apple.com/support/imac-harddrive/

I tried to keep things in perspective and focus on everything I could be thankful for – here’s a partial list:

  • I was thankful I had my husband’s laptop so I was able to do the webinar – although I was a bit more frazzled than I would have liked to be.
  • I was practically kissing my external Time Machine drive because it had backed up everything on the drive that crashed 2 hours before the crash.  After the new hard drive was installed, it took about 4 hours to reconfigure it from Time Machine and almost everything was back to normal.  PHEW!  I just have to hunt down a few software license keys and it will be like I time warped back to Tuesday when things were hunky-dory!
  • No art was lost!  That is the MOST IMPORTANT THING – had all my work been on my main drive and if I didn’t have backup systems in place, I could have been out of business!  * shudder *
  • I live close to an Apple Store and they took care of me quickly – thank you Patrick in Washington Square!

I will be reviewing all of my backup systems and options again to see if there is anything that can be done even better – stay tuned, I’ll let you know what I discover.

In the meantime – if you have an iMac – PLEASE see if you are at risk.  A controlled, planned hard-drive change would have been a much better way to go!

Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed


7 Responses to If you have an iMac – please read!!

  • Thanks for the reminder! But even if your Mac doesn’t have one of the recalled HDs, make sure you back up your files regularly, because all hard drives WILL fail, eventually. It’s just the nature of the beast, unfortunately! (Take it from someone who was “too busy” to back anything up for two years following the birth of her youngest child, whose hard drive catastrophically failed, and who subsequently lost a bunch of stuff… but thank goodness for email archives (gmail) and online storage! My iMac HD was not one of the recalled ones.)

  • Yes – backup is SOOOOOO important! I lost a bunch of art and learned the hard way years ago. Now it would be catastrophic! Glad you aren’t part of the recall!

  • Tara- so sorry for your troubles! Thanks for the warning- I checked and my Mac is not one of the ones affected. Making sure my external hard drive is plugged in……

  • Hi Tera, I did get the email from apple. I will probably take it in this weekend. It is such a chore for me, as my iMac is 26″. I do have a nice external hard drive to save to. Good luck.

  • Mine is that big too – I was very glad to have long arms and that it wasn’t raining when I headed into the mall! Good luck!

  • Wow! We had no idea….one of our Macs in our office was affected. Thanks for the heads up!

  • Glad I helped someone avoid the stressful week I had when it decided it was all done working! 😉

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