Apple Store Hard drive replacement UK

Discussion in 'iMac' started by davemc67, Apr 9, 2018.

  1. davemc67 macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2010
    The hard drive has failed in my late 2012 27” IMac . Has anyone in the uk had the hard drive replaced by the Apple store and how much did you pay ?

    The drive stopped working about a year ago and I managed to run a repair and fix it but now the drive is not recognised in disk utility when doing a recovery boot.

    The two options I see is getting the drive replaced by Apple or buying a 1tb ssd and install in either an external thunderbolt enclosure or external usb3 enclosure and boot from the external drive.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated

  2. cruisin macrumors 6502a


    Apr 1, 2014
    Take the money Apple would want for a new hard drive and the hour or so of labour and put it towards an external enclosure and SSD. You get the performance of a SSD (Apple will not give you a SSD option for a 2012 iMac) and when you finally upgrade you get to keep the SSD for later use.

    From 2016, it seems to be $299.23 with labour only being $39.00.
  3. Kingcr macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2018
  4. davemc67 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2010
    I read through it and all the comments where people have cracked screens and damaged cables separating the screen .. I don’t have the confidence to try anything like that, that’s why I ruled it out as an option .. but thanks anyway
    --- Post Merged, Apr 9, 2018 ---
    Was looking at the crucial 1tb ssd for £206 but then wasn’t sure what enclosure to use.The drive that’s in at the moment is only a 1tb drive
  5. Razzerman macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2007
    Hello OP,

    Maybe something like this for an enclosure?

    Good luck,

  6. davemc67 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2010
    Just had a look at these.. would I be better going for one with UASP support
  7. davemc67 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2010
    Update on this ..
    Took it to the Apple store to get it checked out and the only fault that came up was the hard drive and Apple will only replace like for like so a 1tb 7200 mechanical drive was going to be £192 installed .

    So the best option I can see is the external boot drive . Which is faster for a boot drive usb3 or thunderbolt ????
  8. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 68000


    Oct 19, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Much of a muchness. Barefeats has speed tests if you are that interested.

    With your machine go USB3. I used a TB external drive for years but it was on a mid 2011 iMac which only had USB2.

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