Sam you should have claimed that on your waranty as soon as you heard something! Now its a bit late. Go to ebay, and buy yourself a hard drive to replace that one, same size, for as little as 30 bucks. They have got to be really cheap now. Or better yet, upgrade to a larger one and start using your imac more! Let us know howit goes.
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