What model of disk drives in late 2012 iMacs?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by iLondoner, Dec 11, 2012.

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  2. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    My 21" has a Seagate, but Apple doesn't spec out drives from one specific vendor. Any given iMac could have any brand of drive...whatever was available when it was being built. I think the exception to the rule is MPs have WD Black drives, nothing less.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 25, 2010
    New Jersey
    My iMac has an HTS541010A9E662 Hitachi and the SM128E Samsung for Fusion.
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    Cheers, that's the 5K1000.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 25, 2010
    New Jersey
    Yup. Glad that it is that too.
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    I'm surprised that Apple would be mixing drives from multiple vendors on what is currently a fairly restrained production run. Are you really talking about the late 2012 iMac?

    Will be interested to learn what drives the 27" model has.
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    According to R.OG's teardown pics, the base 1TB drive in the 27-in models is the Western Digital Caviar Blue.

    I would hazard a guess that the 3TB drives are also WD Blue.

    Western Digital own Hitachi whose drives are used in the 21.5-in models.
  8. macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    If the 3 TB model is really a WD Blue, then Apple should be ashamed of the upgrade price they are asking to go from 1 TB to 3 TB .
  9. thread starter macrumors regular


    Well my 3TB Fusion arrived today and it's a Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001.

    I read reviews elsewhere saying they are noisy but I have yet to hear any noise whatsoever from the iMac, it's so quiet you could hear a pin drop.

    Another review of the Seagate 3TB.
  10. macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2007
    3 TB WD Blues don't exist. The largest size of Blue that WD makes is 1 TB.

    There's now another thread on this topic: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1510017

    The evidence so far suggests that all the 3 TB drives are Seagate 7200.14s. The 1 TB drives seem to be a mix of Seagate 7200.14s and WD Blues.

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