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HDD fail and question about new SSD solution

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Hello all,

So yesterday after work my iMac (2012 27”) somehow reset itself to the options to boot a new Mac. I attempted to go through the steps to restore from TM backup and also as a new clean install. Both options were not able to find the internal HDD. I am assuming that is a bad thing.

I would like to try to get some more life out of the unit, but do not have the skill set to open it up and replace all that Jazz.

Wanting to get an external enclosure (probably USB 3 due to price of thunderbolt) and use and SSD for a boot drive and get a second external HDD for storage.

Questions:

1. Recommendations on drives and

Enclosures?

2. How do I format a new SSD to have it be ready for a clean Mac install without having access to Disk Utility?

3. Will I be able to pull select files off of TM backup (photos, itunes, videos) without doing a full restore? I was thinking a clean install would be best.

Thanks for all your help and feel free to advise on an overall better solution if it exists.

 


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