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Monday, December 21, 2009

Not Good At All

I am extremely distracted today. Rather than feign holiday cheer and give a Christmas story with photos of holiday windows (of which I have many), I have decided it best to tell my tale of woe.
It is was not a good morning at all. My Macbook Pro desperately needed more storage, so I made the decision to replace the internal hard drive. This is not considered a user replaceable item by Apple, but thousands have done it and complete kits and online tutorials are available.

On December 11, 2007, I wrote Foolish Crash. I would say that today's event is far from foolish - my drive was completely cloned and backed up. This alone was a nine-hour procedure. To replace the drive itself, I worked with a kit purchased from an Apple Macintosh vendor who has been in business for years. Instructions in their online video were followed meticulously. I even drew a layout on paper indicating the location of every screw removed.
However, at one point, a cable needed to be removed from the motherboard. When attempting to reinstall the cable, it would not reconnect.

On close examination, I noticed some extremely tiny objects which appeared to be debris. On much closer examination, I noticed that these were, in fact, minuscule pins which were pulled out when the cable was removed. You can see the pins along with the socket showing the spots for the missing pins.

During the writing of this article, I have made calls to the best Mac repair specialists in the New York City. The news, as you might expect, is not good at all...


Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if this is more bad news or not but I counted seven spaces and only five pins in your photo. Best of Luck with this one, man; I hope it doesn't ruin your holiday.

Mary said...

My condolences, Brian. At least it's just expensive, not irreplaceable.

Thérèse said...

Oh dear!
Time, patience,calmness, resignation. You name it.
Good luck!

Luis Gomez said...

Brian, I am really sorry to hear that. I follow your blog with passion. Love your images and stories. I hope everything turns out fine.

aeon? said...

i have ordered a new drive for my macbookpro, and was prepared to do this exact install today. i must say... this post has absolutely terrified me.