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Old Feb 11, 2013, 11:18 PM   #1
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Kinda Sad - Flaws on new iMac

After a month and half of waiting I just received my BTO 27 i7 3.4ghz with 1tb fusion. First thing I did was to check the hard drive and was dismayed that it shipped with a western digital. I then checked for yellow screen and theres definitely some yellowing and smudging in the lower third. Thankfully there are no dead pixels.

I dunno, I spent so much money on this thing that I kinda wish it was perfect. I'm sure i'll get over it like I did when I dented my brand new mbp but in the meantime I think I need a group hug.
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Old Feb 11, 2013, 11:57 PM   #2
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I'm kinda sad that I read this.
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 12:05 AM   #3
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LMAO, people are now complaining about getting WD HDD's? Lets see a picture of the yellowing.
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 03:16 AM   #4
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After a month and half of waiting I just received my BTO 27 i7 3.4ghz with 1tb fusion. First thing I did was to check the hard drive and was dismayed that it shipped with a western digital. I then checked for yellow screen and theres definitely some yellowing and smudging in the lower third. Thankfully there are no dead pixels.

I dunno, I spent so much money on this thing that I kinda wish it was perfect. I'm sure i'll get over it like I did when I dented my brand new mbp but in the meantime I think I need a group hug.
Unfortunately it happens, and I agree it's a bit ridiculous that Apple is sourcing two hard drive manufacturers with wildly varying performance. I understand multiple sources, but this is kinda nuts. It's like buying a Ferrari 458 Italia and not knowing what kind of engine you're going to get. OK, so it's really nothing like that, but you get the point...

I picked up an iMac 27" fusion today at the Apple Store, and it had the WD drive in it, too. It also had the worst bleed I've ever seen on a consumer electronics device. I exchanged it and the one I got is "better," and came with the Seagate drive. Luck of the draw...
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 04:12 AM   #5
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What's wrong with WD? They're probably the most reliable HDD brand around...
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 04:17 AM   #6
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What's wrong with WD? They're probably the most reliable HDD brand around...
Nothing wrong with them as a brand. It's the performance of the WD vs the Seagate in the iMacs. The Seagate is quite significantly faster in every respect.
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 04:31 AM   #7
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Nothing wrong with them as a brand. It's the performance of the WD vs the Seagate in the iMacs. The Seagate is quite significantly faster in every respect.
I think I'd prefer the WD, I've had 3 Seagates HDDs in the past and they all died after 2 years, I vowed never to get one again.

To add to all that, a few months back I get an email from Apple about my mid-2010 iMac:

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Apple has determined that certain 1TB Seagate hard drives used in 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac systems may fail. These systems were sold between October 2009 and July 2011.
I have a 256GB M4 SSD in there anyway, so don't matter.

So never Seagate for me, all my HDDs since have been WD, never (touch wood) had a single problem with them... and some have been running for years and years daily.
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 06:42 AM   #8
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This is just a guess, but perhaps there have been issues with the seagate and they are going with WD instead? I say that because my maxed out 27inch iMac came with a faulty HD; I checked, and it's the Seagate.
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 06:47 AM   #9
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Man you can consider your self lucky if you have a WD, it might be less performing but from experience is more reliable... it's pointless having a Ferrari if it breaks down en route!
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 01:07 PM   #10
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Sorry to sound completely stupid but how do you find out which make of hard drive you have?
Secondly I looked at the hard drive under system preferences and it said available space 3TB but used space 3TB .How is this possible on a brand new IMAC when I have not loaded anything apart from Java ?
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 02:36 PM   #11
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Sorry to sound completely stupid but how do you find out which make of hard drive you have?
Secondly I looked at the hard drive under system preferences and it said available space 3TB but used space 3TB .How is this possible on a brand new IMAC when I have not loaded anything apart from Java ?
Click the Apple in the top left, then About This Mac, then More Info, System Report, choose Serial-ATA, and look for the drive. It will either me an "ST" (Seagate) or a "WD" (Western Digital). I think all the 3TB drives are Seagates anyway.
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 03:47 PM   #12
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Nothing wrong with them as a brand. It's the performance of the WD vs the Seagate in the iMacs. The Seagate is quite significantly faster in every respect.
Than a black WD? Show me the proof of this!
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 03:51 PM   #13
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Than a black WD? Show me the proof of this!
"Western Digital WD10EALX, a 7200 RPM Blue drive"

http://arstechnica.com/apple/2012/12...on-the-inside/
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 04:42 PM   #15
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Apple HDD?
That's the Seagate drive. "ST"
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