So I bought my iMac back in September 2008. Worked flawlessly for years, survived three big moves, kept on ticking. Streamed the Super Bowl in 2012, wouldn't shut down. Shut it down the wrong way (i know stupid) and then it wouldn't start up again. Was told the hard drive was fried (?) had it replaced, 2 years later, same problem, won't start up, grey screen spinning wheel. Apple Store says the hard drive(or something relating to it) is shot. The computer is too old to get parts from Apple so I'm holding onto it hoping I can someone pull all my files off.
My question is, should I worry that something contained within my files is the cause for the problem and should be hesitant of trying to port over my files to a new device? Any help is appreciated, thanks in advance!