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Mac Specs: 27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, 3 iPods, OS X Mavericks

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Sounds like you're on the right path. That's a good IT guy who has Disk Warrior around.

As old as your internal hard drive is (iMac) I would suspect that you're going to find errors and maybe some bad sectors. And as inexpensive as new hard drives are, it's best to replace it.

As far as knowing if it's bad, when you run Disk Utility from the Leopard DVD it will definitely tell you. It may even refuse to check the drive if it finds it to be defective.

Repairing your iMac at home does require some skill at dismantling the machine. An iMac is in reality a notebook computer built vertically and very compact. In order to gain access to the hard drive, the entire display assembly including the front panel has to be removed. Sounds daunting but with good instructions and the right tools, you can do it yourself.

Just let us know when and if you're ready to tackle it, and we'll post a link with instructions. The link will also have several special tools which you will need. One of those tools is a set of suction cups to remove the front glass.

Also, you'll need several torx type drivers to remove screws.
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