2010 iMac -- Failed Hard Drive

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  1. Jumpshooter43 macrumors member

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    Hello,

    As the title says, i have a 2010 27" iMac that has a failed hard drive. It failed around November 2012. I have been dreading replacing this and putting it off. I figure lots of you have replace a hard drive in one of these units. I just have a couple of questions.

    1. How hard is it?
    2. I have read a bit and once I replace the hard drive I hear the temperature sensor goes nuts and the hard drive fans spin at max RPM is this correct?
    3. Should I replace it with an SSD?
     
  2. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    if it is a seagate it is under recall and replacement is free from apple.





    I will look for link


    http://www.apple.com/support/imac-harddrive/


    put your serial number in and find out.


    please let us know if you can get a free one under this program
     
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  4. Jumpshooter43 thread starter macrumors member

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    This going to be a very dumb question but, where do i find the serial number. I don't have the box anymore and the mac won't boot up. I check on the machine its self and and can't find it

    EDIT: Nevermind i found it
     
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    Click on the :apple: icon in the upper left, choose "About This Mac" and then click "More info..." There you will find the serial number.
     
  6. Jumpshooter43 thread starter macrumors member

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    The iMac serial number you entered is not eligible for this program. No further action on your part is needed at this time.

    I believe it has the WD Black 1TB in it
     
  7. DrewDaHilp1 macrumors 6502a

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    The HD is pretty easy to swap following the guide posted above, off the top of my head all you need is a couple suction cups and a torx screw driver.
     
  8. macthefork, Feb 18, 2013
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    macthefork macrumors 6502

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    OWC has videos to install a drive for the 2010 27" here. You can then determine if it's something you'd want to tackle. They also sell drives, and the tool kits/suction cups for the job.

    If you're patient, and gentle... it's not so difficult. I used their tools, video, and SSD to add a 240 SSD to my 2011 iMac. Was easier than I originally thought it would be.
     
  9. Jumpshooter43 thread starter macrumors member

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    replacing hard drive doesn't seem hard at all.. the only thing that i am worried about is the fan running at max RPMs.. anybody know how to deal with this?

    Thanks
    JS
     
  10. toddzrx macrumors 6502a

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    Yup: buy HDD Fan Control and set it up however you like.

    I did this for my 2010 iMac, in which I replaced the HD with an SSD (which didn't have a temp sensor).

    By the way, I'd highly recommend replacing your dead HD with an SSD, if you don't need a lot of storage and can afford it: it'll breathe new life into your machine, as many on this forum can attest.
     
  11. Jumpshooter43 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, the SSD seems like a no brainer. I have ordered a 120gb vertex 3. I plan to order HDD Fan Control tonight. Thanks this is what i was looking for.
     

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