So my 2011 iMac's hard drive seems to be showing signs of imminent failure and I'm looking for solutions. So far I have: 1) Obviously bring it to Apple and have them replace it. The thing is that Apple Care expired nearly 3 months ago. I bought the extended service and never had any issues until now. I called the nearest Apple retail store and they said it could cost $200-$300 to replace the drive. I've heard the Geniuses being nice from time to time and doing something like this for free because it's so close to the warranty just expiring. Can anyone confirm? I am a little reluctant to do this because of the cost and the fact that I need to schlep it all the way over to the store. Also, I would have to go with what ever drive they give me and they said that they can't install a drive I give them like an SSD. 2) I could perform the operation myself and install what drive I want. I'm not afraid to do this but I know that there's an issue with the 2011 iMac where the fans go full blast by installing any off-the-shelf drive. Anyone know of a fix for this issue? This is the worst possible time that this could have happened and I'm currently between a rock and a hard place.