Saturday, February 4, 2017

Upgrading my iMac's hard disk

Today started with a quick breakfast before I started working on my iMac.

My goal for the day was to replace my (late 2009 27") iMac's hard disk with a model that:
1) Allows me to upgrade to the latest OS X Sierra.
2) Is faster
3) Gives me more space

This is not as easy as with any other desktop PC... First you have to remove the glass.

Then you have to undo 8 screws around the LCD. This is not too hard but I was scared that I'd drop them into the computer. Nowhere did I read the advice about using a magnetic screwdriver so be ware!

You also have to undo 4 cables and you need to be gentle.

And when the screen is out you can see the hard disk. Smack bang in the middle. That comes out after undoing 2 screws.

Leaving you with room for a new hard disk.

Old and new hard disk. I'm replacing the old one because the thermal sensor inside is fucked and returns an error. This makes OS X the drive is failing (it actually works fine!) and therefore it won't upgrade anymore. That's Apple for you. Oh well...

So I'm putting in a 2TB SSD/HDD hybrid. A bit more space and a bit more speed but most important I can use the latest OS again.

So after putting everything back in the moment of truth arrived; would everything still work? And yes it did!

Within moments I was installed the old OS X that came with my Mac when I bought it (Snow Leopard).

Silver came to assist me with.... something he obviously thought was crucial.

I had to first upgrade to Mavericks before I could upgrade to Sierra but every upgrade went well with zero problems. Now I have a computer that actually feels like it's new!

Very pleased!

And after all that hard work it was time for some relaxation...

Silver knows how to relax. He is the relaxation f*ck*ng master. He's the pro, the best, the KING! of relaxing

Friday, February 3, 2017

Playtime / bedtime

Before I go to bed I play with Silver to make him a bit tired so he goes to sleep as well instead of meow everywhere and ask for attention while we try to fall asleep.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Nothing to report...

... and nothing to show for it. Sorry!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

My new rig

A colleague left yesterday and I was the first one to snatch his screens! It replaces my old crappy ones. I'm very pleased with them :-)

To increase my joy my new turn signal hardware arrived. Now I can replace the old one and indicate like a boss!

Silver was playing hide and seek in the kitchen but I found him ;-)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The carriages

Waiting for the bus early morning...

All day long old train carriages were being hauled past. No idea where to...

In the evening I went to my storage box to look for my OS X cd's. I'm planning on re-installing this weekend on a new harddrive.

Monday, January 30, 2017


I'm sorry, another picture-less day. Nothing must've been happening...

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Silver's excitement

This was about the most exciting thing of the day obviously. Silver looking outside. As a matter of fact it's getting a bit too exciting because we think he might want to jump off onto the shed below and go for an adventure! We're not ready for that...