Do I even have a hard drive??

Discussion in 'iMac' started by westikle, Feb 10, 2016.

  1. westikle macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2011
    Is there a way to tell if an iMac (mid 2011) has a hard drive without taking it apart? I bought some iMacs at a local community college auction. While I know they rip the HDDs out of PCs, I wouldn't think they would take the time and effort to take the hard drive out of an iMac and then piece the whole thing back together. I've made an El Capitan installer out of a flash drive, but when I'm prompted to choose the install disk, the only one available is the flash drive. I'm hoping the original hard drive has just been wiped and now can't be seen. Is there any way to find out?

    Side note, I'm using a regular keyboard so I can't use any key commands when I boot that involve the command key.

  2. CoastalOR macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2015
    Oregon, USA
    Run Disk Utility to see the internal disk and format the internal drive for Mac OS Extended (Journaled) before selecting the OS Install with the installer. If Disk Utility can not see the internal disk then that will be a problem that will require using an external disk until a internal disk can be replaced/installed.
  3. westikle thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2011
    While I can't do that at the moment (at work) i'll just ask, do I have the option to go to utilities? I forgot to mention when I boot without the installer I get the folder with a question mark.
  4. BrettApple macrumors 65816


    Apr 3, 2010
    Heart of the midwest
    Yup. Use disk utility from the utilities menu once the installer is booted up.

    Also, you can use boot keys from a generic PC keyboard. Option is Alt and the Command key is the Windows logo, or the "super" key.
  5. westikle thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2011
    thanks, i'll give it a try when I get home and report back
  6. westikle thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2011
    Thanks guys, they all have 1TB drives! Was expecting 500GB.
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The system information app will also tell you.
    Apple Menu->About this Mac->System Report
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    Jan 8, 2013
  9. Sirmausalot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2007
    But what you really, really want to do is take those HDD out and put in an SSD. But since that's unlikely, you may want to run from an external SSD for max performance.

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