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Archive for September, 2009
September 30th, 2009
Today we’ve got a short video for you showing you how to format a hard drive from within Disk Utility in OSX Leopard.
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First, navigate to Disk Utility in your Applications -> Utilities Folder. Then click on the drive you’d like to format, and click on the erase tab.
You’ll likely want to choose OSX Extended Journaled here. Journaling is where OSX keeps a record (or journal) of all your actions. In the event of a crash, the OS can use this in helping to recover your system.
Choose whatever name you’d like for your new disk. This can be changed at any time.
Don’t Erase Date – This is an insecure method to erase your data. With this option, bits of your data will remain on your hard disk and could be recovered by a Data Recovery program.
Next click Erase, then Erase again. Your new drive is formatted and ready for use.
September 29th, 2009
Today we released a completely upgraded line of DualDrives that can more than double your internal Mac laptop storage capacity.
The DualDrive adds a second internal hard drive to your Mac laptop by replacing your optical drive (your cd or dvd drive) With the DualDrive, it’s possible to get up to 1.5 Terabytes of storage in some Mac laptop models.
The video below is a demo showing the simple installation for the DualDrive.
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Maximum Amount of Storage By Model
September 28th, 2009
Recover that Stuck CD in your Mac
It has happened to all of us at one time or another. We’ve put a cd in our Mac only to have it not properly mount, and then refuse to eject. So what do you do then?
The video below shows you some tricks you can try, and if all those methods fail, it shows you how to open up your cd drive and remove the stuck cd by force.
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Summary and Photos:The Duh Methods
1.) Go to file menu and choose the eject cd option. (You can also use the keyboard shortcut Command-E)
2.) Drag the disc to the Eject icon on the dock.
The non Common Sense Methods
3.) Open disk Utility (In the Utilities folder in the Applications folder.) Click on the drive, and then click Eject CD in the application window.
4.) Open up Terminal (Again, you’ll find this in the Utilities folder in the Applications folder) and type “drutil tray eject”
5.) On a Macbook, Macbook Pro, Powerbook, or iBook, hold down the trackpad clicker while the machine boots up. This will force an eject.
6.) Hold down the option key while the machine is starting up. This will put you in the disk selection window. At this stage, you can hit the eject button on your keyboard to eject the cd.
If none of these methods work, your drive is likely defective and needs to be replaced. You still can recover your cd, however you’ll have to open your machine and remove the drive to do it. You can use our other mac repair videos to determine how to remove the drive from your machine. Then you can use our video and the pictures below to disassemble the drive and recover your CD.
September 25th, 2009
How to Repair Unibody Macbook Glass
It used to be that if your screen cracked on your laptop, you’d just replace the LCD and be done with it. That unfortunately is no longer the case. With the introduction of the Unibody Macbook and Macbook pro models, Apple changed the design of the display assembly. Now, there is a glass panel assembly that is placed on top of the LCD panel. The good news is that it is possible to crack just the glass panel and save yourself some money. The bad news is that it is also possible to crack both the glass panel and the LCD.
If you take your Macbook to most repair companies with a cracked display, they’ll undoubtedly say you need to replace the entire display assembly and charge you some astronomical figure. It really isn’t an extremely difficult procedure to do yourself however, and so we’ve created the guide below to show you just how to do it.
The guide below is for the 13 Inch Macbook and Macbook Pro Unibody models. The 15 Inch procedure is similar, but not identical. We’ll have that guide available shortly.
If you’re not up for the repair, our Mac Service Center can do the job for you for $154.95 for a 15″ Macbook Pro, $154.95 for a 13″ Macbook or Macbook Pro, or $164.95 for a 17″ Macbook Pro.
The Procedure: (Video Format)
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The Procedure: (Text and Photo Format)
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To begin, use a heat gun to loosen the double sided adhesive strip that holds the glass in place. Use caution, and heat the glass in short segments as over heating can cause damage to your LCD.With the glass heated, place a strong suction cup on the glass and pull up and away from the glass.
If heated properly, you’ll be able to see a small gap between the glass and the and the rest of the display. Insert a thin piece of plastic such as a credit card or movie rental card into the opening. Work the piece of plastic in enough where it can be slid along the seem of the glass. This will break the adhesive strip holding the glass in place.Repeat this procedure along the entire edge of the glass assembly. When you meet resistance, heat the area and repeat.
Line the bottom of the LCD up with the bottom frame, and slide it into the groove in the bottom frame. Then make sure the 6 screw holes are properly aligned. Replace the 6 philip head screws.
Before putting the glass back on, use a cloth to glean any dust or fingerprints from the LCD and glass panel.
So where do you get the glass and LCD?
Macbook 13 Inch Unibody
Macbook Pro 13 Inch Unibody
Macbook Pro 15 Inch Unibody
September 24th, 2009
We just added a slew of Mac Pro and Intel iMac hard drives to the site. The drives are all Hitachi brand and come with a 3 year warranty. Here’s the rundown:
September 16th, 2009
Today we began carrying 750GB Internal hard drives for the Macbook Pro Unibody models. (The drives also work with the 17″ Macbook Pro with silver keys.) This drive will not work with other models as it has a taller form factor.
Specifications: SATA 3 Gb/s, 8 MB Cache, 5200 RPM
Product Link: 750GB Macbook Pro Unibody Hard Drive
September 15th, 2009
Today we unveiled a whole new interface for our repair videos and take apart guides. Our main goal with this overhaul was to provide an overall better user experience when using our free mac repair guides.
The first place we started was with navigation. We wanted to be able for our customers to be able to access all of our videos and guides with as few clicks as possible. What we did was to completely scrap our old drop down selection system in favor of a device type category navigation. Now, all you have to do is click on your device type, click on the model type, and click on the video you would like to view.
Below is a screenshot of the new interface.
Our next goal was to make the actual video interface more interactive and more intuitive. Before, we were using the standard YouTube Player to distribute our video guides. Now, we’ve written our own distribution system.
In the main real estate on the video guide page, you’ll have the video you’ve selected. On the right hand side you’ll see all the other videos which make up the manual you are watching.When a video ends, it will automatically begin playback of the next video and show you what video is currently playing.
Below the player you’ll find a user star rating system that you can use to rate the particular video you are watching, and below that you’ll find a comments section that will allow you to comment or ask questions on the video you are watching.
Some guides have both videos and pdf manuals, and you’ll be able to access the PDF manual from this same interface.
Below you’ll see a screenshot of the new video interface page.
We’ve got a lot more planned for this new manual distribution interface. If you’ve got any comments on the interface or suggestions on ways to improve it, we’d love to hear your input.
September 11th, 2009
And the winner is …. random # 105 … which is …
Twitter follower @heygip
Many more great giveaways are coming in the weeks ahead, so stay tuned. Thanks to all who participated.
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