Early 2008 iMac Question

Discussion in 'iMac' started by mmpotash, Feb 11, 2015.

  1. mmpotash macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2008
    I have a 7 year old, 20", 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB iMac which works fine. Is there any reason to buy a new iMac? Do hard drives get worn out? When I read the specs on the new 21.5" iMacs, they don't seem much better than my iMac.
  2. robert05au macrumors regular


    May 19, 2005
    Dubbo, NSW
    I have the same iMac early 2008 and on the second HD as the first 250 GB died suddenly and now have a 500GB and all works fine. I have 4 GB ram

    Yes HD's can wear out overtime there is no two ways about that.
  3. Habberkuk macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2013
    Under your bed...
    Well ... it depends on what you are using it for. If you use it for web surfing and emailing etc. you won't really see a difference. However, if you use it for professional uses like video/photo editing or 3D rendering then you will see a significant boost in performance.

    Just because the specs are similar doesn't mean that the hardware performs identically.

    Conclusion time: If you are using it for basic tasks then no. Don't upgrade.
    If you make money from the work you do on the computer then hell yeah, upgrade!

    As robert05au said, yes HDD's can wear out. Maybe it would be a good time to upgrade to an SSD?
  4. JustMartin macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2012
    Well, everything wears out after a while - even SSDs. As long as you keep good backups, then you're insured against hard drive failure. If you're happy with what you have at the moment, then I don't see why you should change.
  5. mmpotash thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2008
    Yes, I do backup, but not with Time Machine. I use a nother brand designed for Mac. Would converting to SSD give me better performance? What would be the approximate cost including the labor?
  6. mmpotash thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2008
    I decided on a 1 TB hybrid drive to replace my hard drive. This gives me some of the benefits of a SSD a much lower cost. It will cost $265 including all parts and labor, not cheap but I didn't want to tackle it myself. That should keep my iMac good for many years hopefully.

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