500GB or Applecare plan


Nuc

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I say hard drive. You can always get applecare a year from now when you have money saved up. Just my opinion though.

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pianoman

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this is a tough one. do you need the extra 250GB of storage space? can you foresee your iMac getting damaged?

i would go for AppleCare only because 250GB (standard HD size) is a huge amount. if, later on, you wanted more space, you could get an external HD.
 

Mac-Addict

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Yeah I will have a video collection of like 50gb and song and picture collection of 10gb plus i would much rather be safe than sorry. Thanks dudes...
 

M. Malone

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Like Nuc said, go for the 500 gig upgrade, I have it on my iMac and I love never having to think twice about hard drive space, use your iMac for one year, if you start to think it will damage after that, then go ahead and purchase AppleCare...goodluck :)
 

Macky-Mac

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Yeah I will have a video collection of like 50gb and song and picture collection of 10gb plus i would much rather be safe than sorry. Thanks dudes...
if you would rather be safe than sorry....put the money into an external HD so you can have an easy way to back up all your files
 

dcv

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I say hard drive - those things fill up a lot faster than you think. You can purchase the additional AppleCare warranty at any point within the first year.
 

Mundy

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In the case of the iMac, definitely go for the upgraded hard drive, for three reasons:

(1) It's very hard to upgrade the internal hard drive on the iMac.

(2) Getting a 500 GB hard drive guarantees that it will have 16 MB of cache. Thre is no such guarantee with a 250 GB hard drive.

(3) You can buy AppleCare later. You can't (easily) upgrade to a 500 GB internal hard drive later.
 

Razorhog

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Sorry to bust in on this post, but I don't understand... you can buy applecare up to a year after you've purchased the machine? That doesn't sound right to me.. Do they still give you a full 3 year warranty period, or do they subtract the amount of time you've had it?
 

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Razorhog said:
Sorry to bust in on this post, but I don't understand... you can buy applecare up to a year after you've purchased the machine? That doesn't sound right to me.. Do they still give you a full 3 year warranty period, or do they subtract the amount of time you've had it?
Regardless of when in the first year you purchase and activate AppleCare, it extends the warranty on the machine to three years from the date of purchase of the machine.
 

wchong

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Razorhog said:
Sorry to bust in on this post, but I don't understand... you can buy applecare up to a year after you've purchased the machine? That doesn't sound right to me.. Do they still give you a full 3 year warranty period, or do they subtract the amount of time you've had it?
they will make it three years TOTAL, which means that if you buy it after a year, you will only get 2 years more.

what does the "complimentary support" from apple consist of? Do they just help you out through the phone?
 

xfiftyfour

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i say go for the extra space, as long as you'll use it. you have a whole year to scrounge up the money for applecare, and in the meantime, you'll be covered anyways.
 

Razorhog

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Ok that makes sense now. I was under the impression that Apple gave a 90 day warranty for hardware. If the hardware warranty is a year, then I say go for the hard drive.
 

Mac-Addict

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I get it now xD I didn't know you could buy applecare plan after u have bought the machine.. sorry but yeah Ok i will go for the 500gb :)
 

Foggy

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Razorhog said:
Ok that makes sense now. I was under the impression that Apple gave a 90 day warranty for hardware. If the hardware warranty is a year, then I say go for the hard drive.
In the UK, by law, they have to give a minimum of a 12 month warranty.
 

mrgreen4242

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dcv said:
I say hard drive - those things fill up a lot faster than you think. You can purchase the additional AppleCare warranty at any point within the first year.
Yup, I agree. You're going to pay for the first 250gb one way or another. If you want 500gb in 10 months, you have to buy all 500gb all over again, as opposed to just buying "the second half".

You can get AppleCare later for the same net price though.
 

meepm00pmeep

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dcv said:
I say hard drive - those things fill up a lot faster than you think. You can purchase the additional AppleCare warranty at any point within the first year.
can you really purchase AppleCare anytime?
 

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Razorhog said:
Ok that makes sense now. I was under the impression that Apple gave a 90 day warranty for hardware. If the hardware warranty is a year, then I say go for the hard drive.
Yep...phone support is 90 days, but hardware warranty is one year. Which can be tricky, because if you call up with what you think is a warranty issue after 90 days and it turns out not to be, they'll charge you for the phone support. But you can always run out and buy AppleCare the moment you realize you need to call them in order to make sure you're covered for the phone support.

meepm00pmeep said:
can you really purchase AppleCare anytime?
Yes...anytime within one year of purchase of the covered computer. We're not lying to you. ;)
 

generik

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Applecare plan, in a year's time that $500 drive will cost peanuts, but your Applecare still costs the same!
 

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generik said:
Applecare plan, in a year's time that $500 drive will cost peanuts, but your Applecare still costs the same!
But it depends on whether you're okay with an external drive. You won't be able to pop that hard drive into your iMac without risking serious warranty issues. Your AppleCare isn't much good if you've voided it by cracking open your computer.
 

generik

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WildCowboy said:
But it depends on whether you're okay with an external drive. You won't be able to pop that hard drive into your iMac without risking serious warranty issues. Your AppleCare isn't much good if you've voided it by cracking open your computer.
That drive isn't user replaceable?
 

WildCowboy

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generik said:
That drive isn't user replaceable?
Nope...only Rev A and B G5 iMacs. Rev C G5 and all Intel iMacs do not have user-replaceable hard drives.