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Apple today released iMac Hard Drive Firmware Update 1.0, a new update to address issues with system booting on the company's current-generation "Mid-2010" iMac models.
About iMac Hard Drive Firmware Update 1.0

This firmware update fixes a hard drive issue that may prevent some iMac (21.5-inch and 27-inch, Mid 2010) systems from booting properly.
The update weighs in at 767 KB and requires Mac OS X 10.6.7.

Article Link: Apple Releases iMac Hard Drive Firmware Update 1.0 for 2010 Models
 

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It just works.
 

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Will this come down through software update? Not that I can say I've noticed any issues so far.
 

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Will this come down through software update? Not that I can say I've noticed any issues so far.

Yes, that's usually how these updates are distributed. You can always download manually, if you want, too.
 

La Porta

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I don't get it. I got this thing early August, 2010, and it doesn't show in Software Update, and when I download it from Apple's site, it says that the computer doesn't need it. What gives?
 

PurrBall

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I don't get it. I got this thing early August, 2010, and it doesn't show in Software Update, and when I download it from Apple's site, it says that the computer doesn't need it. What gives?

If it says you don't need it, you don't need it. It checks your hard drive model against the affected models. :)
 

rgirtler

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I don't get it. I got this thing early August, 2010, and it doesn't show in Software Update, and when I download it from Apple's site, it says that the computer doesn't need it. What gives?

Mine doesn't need it either....got mine in late October 2010. Probably a different drive.
 

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Should I get it replaced? :confused:

It's probably a good idea. It sounds like that drive may very well die at an early age, and there's a possibility that its death may result in its data being unrecoverable, however slim the chance is.

If it says you don't need it, you don't need it. It checks your hard drive model against the affected models. :)

Yep. That's one nice thing about having macs. Updates all come from the same place, and Apple can easily make sure that the update is only relevant to YOUR computer to avoid any unnecessary hassle that comes with updating drivers that you don't even use.
 

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Yep. That's one nice thing about having macs. Updates all come from the same place, and Apple can easily make sure that the update is only relevant to YOUR computer to avoid any unnecessary hassle that comes with updating drivers that you don't even use.

There was one SuperDrive update where I had an affected model but wasn't included in the firmware update utility; that was later fixed however.
 

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It's probably a good idea. It sounds like that drive may very well die at an early age, and there's a possibility that its death may result in its data being unrecoverable, however slim the chance is.

Thanks for the reply. Is there a way to check that the drive is faulty?

I hear that tonnes and tonnes of people reporting on MR and Apple Support Forums that the drive always makes those stomach grumbling sounds during normal activity and otherwise.

Well I'll call Apple. The only thing I fear is that I don't have an Apple Store in my Area and there's absolutely no way I can take my iMac to the Apple Store. :|
 

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Yes, that's usually how these updates are distributed. You can always download manually, if you want, too.

Can't say I'm worried :) If software update doesn't tell me I need something and the computer works fine as it is I'm all happy :) Just wondered!
 

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Fair enough. However, Apple should specify that it's for SOME models and not all. Confusing otherwise.
 

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apparently mine doesn't need it, but it still makes that "grumbling noise". :confused:

I have no problems related to the firmware patch but I also have the HD "grumbling noise". It is also very slow. I am considering those warning signs of a failing drive. Sounds like a few people have this HD sound from this thread alone.
 

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I have no problems related to the firmware patch but I also have the HD "grumbling noise". It is also very slow. I am considering those warning signs of a failing drive. Sounds like a few people have this HD sound from this thread alone.

got that grumbling noise myself, and the update was also not needed
 

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Fair enough. However, Apple should specify that it's for SOME models and not all. Confusing otherwise.



"This firmware update fixes a hard drive issue that may prevent some iMac (21.5-inch and 27-inch, Mid 2010) systems from booting properly."

The word "some" is not hidden away anywhere in that statement. Pretty plain to see, no?
 
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