Apple Further Restricts Upgrade Options on New iMacs

Discussion in 'iMac' started by islandman, May 12, 2011.

  1. islandman macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2006
    According to OWC, Apple has restricted options for upgrading the hard drives in the 2011 iMacs by changing the SATA power cable in such a way that it is impossible to replace the factory drive without having fan-speed issues.

    If there is no true workaround for this, it is a sad day. Apparently, you can't even replace a Seagate with a bigger one without having the issue, for example.
  2. Sodner macrumors 68020


    Jan 12, 2011
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Just read the article. Wow Apple. :confused: I mean really? :eek:
  3. farmermac macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2009
    That sucks - the post above yours is describing that issue. That's going to be a big, big complaint especially a few years down the line
  4. Hubris macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2011
    That is pretty unfortunate. Does this modification also effect the second drive bay? I just purchased the M312 (2.7 21.5") yesterday with the plan to pop in a SSD boot drive (or better yet, SSD Cache) In a year or two.

    Also, would a fan control utility at least make it possible to regulate the issue?
  5. DanFreemanPhoto macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2011
    Brilliant. I've just ordered the top spec 27" iMac this morning (without HDD and RAM upgrade)

    AND....and OCZ Vertex 3 SATA-III SSD and Seagate 2TB HDD.

    Oh well......
  6. islandman thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2006
    Apparently, they said that adding something to the second bay is fine, as long as the factory drive isn't removed.

    I bet that the fan control utility would still work.
  7. TheUndertow macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2011
  8. discounteggroll macrumors 6502


    Aug 6, 2006
    Greenwich, CT
    that is quite a shame. I guess adding to the second bay and running 2 drives isn't the end of the world. Are there any drawbacks to this option?
  9. DanFreemanPhoto macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2011
    So it's looks like the best bet is to simply add an aftermarket SSD to the existing HDD.

    Can anyone positively say if doing that will void the waranty?

    Also, I assume replacing the HDD itself would indeed void the warranty?
  10. Panch0 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2010
    With ThunderBolt ports available, the appeal of cracking open an iMac seems lower than it ever was. Just plug in an external (once TB enclosures become available). It'll be just as fast as replacing the internal devices.
  11. nyukfui macrumors member

    May 10, 2011
  12. Georgio macrumors 6502


    Apr 30, 2008
    Essex, UK
    This is what I plan on doing and is why I only went with the 1GB HD option.
    However I also see that it's not possible to boot off an external drive so the cunning plan of putting the OS on the TB drive is not going to work.
    Damn these meddling kids.... :p

  13. smiddlehurst macrumors 65816

    Jun 5, 2007
    Umm, sorry if I've missed something but when did Apple stop you booting off an external drive?

    If you mean specificaly with Thunderbolt drives then surely no-one really knows that yet?
  14. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    Looks like you're better off sticking to an 2010 i7 and plopping an SSD in it. Done and done.
  15. rw3 macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2008
    DFW, TX
    There is an option to order just the SSD....wondering if you order this and then try to put in an aftermarket internal 3.5" HDD, what it will do to the fans? Also wonder how Apple has this configured to where the fans don't run at full speed....might just to order one and see...
  16. archer75 macrumors 65816

    Jan 26, 2005
    A user on these forums posted his experience with adding a OCZ Vertex 3 drive and it worked fine.
  17. thaniel98 macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2008
    You can replace the existing hard drive with a SSD just not a larger hard drive. So far i've tested a OCZ vertex 2 in the main HD slot. I have not received all the parts yet to add the SSD as a secondary drive the way apple would when you get the SSD + HD option through them.

    With this drives, being SSDs they do not have internal temp sensors, report a temp value of 0 deg back to the logic board so HD fan never ramps up. It seems to have similar results to using a jumper on the thermal sensor on the older 2009 imacs.

    I would be interested to hear why the OCZ drives seem to work fine but the OWC ones don't.
  18. sth macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2006
    The old world
    :mad: This limitation is stupid and unnecessary.
    They could simply use SMART data for reading HDD temperatures.

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