Do Refurbished iMacs Come With New Hard Drives?

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  1. Lynn Belvedere macrumors regular

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    I'm very close to pulling the trigger on a 2011 21.5" iMac. My only concern is how difficult and costly repairs are with the iMac and the feeling that the refurbished machine might be more prone to hardware failure.

    My biggest concern in the hard drive. Does anyone know if refurbished iMacs come with a new HDD?

    And regarding resale value, is it reasonable to expect $500 for it 2 years from now?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Mengele macrumors member

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    Only if the hard drive needs to be replaced.
    Refurbished computers are new computers that failed some part of the post-build test at the factory or were returned within the 14-day period.

    Either way, there is no reason not to buy refurbished. Its not like you're buying a floor demo model.

    Even 3 year old Core2Duo models are still selling for $600+ on craigslist. The "current" quad core models are significantly more powerful and should hold their value even better.
     
  3. Reaktor5 macrumors 6502a

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    Another great thing about buying refurbished, you also get one year of AppleCare. If anything fails, they'll replace it on their dime.
     
  4. Lynn Belvedere thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's interesting; I didn't know that. I imagined refurbs being machines that people had used for months/years and replaced under apple care due to a defect. I do see really old models from time to time, so some of them must be 'broken in', so to speak.

    I'm mainly worried about the hard drive or heavy screen use (loss of brightness).

    Thanks for the reply.
     
  5. Yester5 macrumors regular

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    I just purchased a 21.5" refurb iMac and I have been using it for a week now. I bought it with 4GB of Ram, but upgraded it to 16GB...it is screaming fast and no issues so far.
    They are warranted as a new machine, $200.00 off on price and free shipping...what's not to like?
    I also bought Apple Care, so no worries:)
     
  6. golf1410 macrumors 6502a

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    If you buy Apple care, will get 3 years?
     
  7. golf1410 macrumors 6502a

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    Any scratches, marks? Anything?
     
  8. Reaktor5 macrumors 6502a

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    Yup. It extends your standard free one year to three years as long as you buy it within that time you are covered.
     
  9. Blinny83 macrumors member

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    I just bought a refurb 2011 iMac 21.5" base model last week. No scratches at all, looks brand new, runs great.
     
  10. Lynn Belvedere thread starter macrumors regular

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    Did it come with Mountain Lion?
     
  11. BeeJee macrumors 6502

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    Refurbs are awesome. I've purchase three different refurbs and the only downside (in my opinion) is that they don't come with the retail boxes. Other than that I just wait for them because I haven't been let down yet
     
  12. Reaktor5 macrumors 6502a

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    Any Mac you buy from Apple will have ML on it now or you'll receive a code to download it for free from th App Store.
     
  13. Lynn Belvedere thread starter macrumors regular

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    I know about the code, I was just wondering if refurbs came with ML pre-installed.
     
  14. ymartin77 macrumors newbie

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    Received my new refurb iMac 27" i7 2011 on friday and ML was preinstalled.
     
  15. BSoares macrumors regular

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    They can be 'old'. If you have Apple Care you get 3 years of warranty and if it dies and they replace the computer, the old one is fixed and sold as refurbished. That's why you often see 2010 refurb models selling. Those were definitely used for a while but Apple is very good at making them look new again. And you can buy it with Apple Care again and know they will fix it if anything happens for 3 years.
     
  16. kfscoll macrumors 65816

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    Nope, Apple replaces the outer case on all their refurbs so they're basically as good as new.
     
  17. TVreporter macrumors regular

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    My refurb was blemish free. My first Mac and I love it! If you need one, get it. My biggest regret was following all these stupid rumours going back to December and holding out for so long. If you're just a basic computer user it will serve your needs.

    My iMac didn't come with Mountain Lion but I was able to download it for free and no problems installing it.

    I also bought Apple Care so it's covered for three years.
     
  18. Mengele macrumors member

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    No, machines exchanged by Apple due to a warranty failure are scrapped. The entire reason they are exchanged is that the machine is either not repairable or the repair cost is greater than a new machine.

    And as was noted, you get the exact same new-machine warranty as a new machine and you can still buy 3-year AppleCare too.

    All macs bought through Apple get the latest software at the time of purchase. If it doesn't come with ML preinstalled you will get a redeem code to download it free.

    Sorry, that is false.
     
  19. adamlee macrumors newbie

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    I wouldn't worry even if you have doubts about the HD. Apple's warranty program will replace if there is an issue with the HD. They replaced the HD for MBP when it became apparent that something was wrong with it.
     
  20. GAUG3 macrumors member

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    Last Monday, I received my refurb 2011 27" 3.4ghz, 4GB RAM, 1TB HD, 1GB video for $1869. It came with Lion. Although I was able to upgrade to Mountain Lion for free. Blemish free. Looks and runs like new. Threw in 2 more 4GB sticks and I am happy with my choice. Saved the money and will get some speakers.
     
  21. Lynn Belvedere thread starter macrumors regular

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    I took the plunge and bought the 21.5" refurbished iMac. I should receive it tomorrow morning. I've wanted an iMac forever and I can't wait to start using it.

    For $999, you really can't go wrong. If the next iMac comes without a DVD drive, I would have purchased this current model anyway, so no regrets on that front, even if they release a new one tomorrow.

    I'm praying to the computer Gods that it lasts me at least 4 years.
     
  22. skyenet macrumors regular

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    I am sure it will, I have a few iMacs and Minis well over 4 years old which are all still running fine. The 2007 iMac is running Mountain Lion as well :)

    Can't believe the wait for updated iMacs, but will hang in there. I am entitled to a student discount so will save some money on a new model. The longer I wait the better spec machine I will go for.
     
  23. ILikeTurtles macrumors 6502

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    Last night I ordered a refurb 27' iMac 3.4, i7 for $1869. I would never buy anything but refurb - why not save some money. This is my third refurb iMac.
     

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