Hard Drive Recommendations?

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  1. ILikeTurtles macrumors 6502

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    I have an (almost) 3 year old aluminum 24" iMac that just had a hard drive failure. I don't have Apple Care. I do know someone who can install a new drive for me, but I have no idea which drive to purchase. I'd like to have a 1 terabyte drive, something pretty quite and reliable.

    Any recommendations would be very appreciated.
     
  2. ashman70 macrumors 6502a

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    You may or may not be aware, but due to the extreme flooding in Thailand, hard drive prices have more then doubled within the past few months. A good reliable 1TB drive would be a Western Digital Black drive.

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  3. NMF macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah this is the absolute worst possible time to buy a hard drive, prices are up over 200% in some cases.
     
  4. talmy macrumors 601

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    On the bright side, with drive prices dropping in general over time, it will still cost less to buy a replacement drive now than it would have when your computer was new.
     
  5. Paratel macrumors 6502

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    I would recommend a Seagate or Hitachi. DO NOT GET A WESTERN DIGITAL GREEN DRIVE!!
     
  6. Mr. McMac Suspended

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    I have 4 Western Digital Green drives for backup purposes only. They are slow, but they've been reliable. Definitely not recommended for use as an OS drive.
     
  7. tmagman macrumors 6502

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    WD Caviar Black or a Seagate. Can't go wrong either way but if you can I definitely recommend holding off as long as possible while the supply chain gets their ducks back in a row after the Thailand flooding.
     
  8. ILikeTurtles thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Would this work?

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
     
  9. niewiesznic macrumors regular

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    WD Black or Hitachi 7K3000 series. Dont buy GREEN disk for system partition. I would also consider SSD (Samsung 830 series, Intel) for system drive and external FW800 or Thunderbolt interface for data. I use older Samsung SSD 470 series for system in my mac mini and 320gb WD Scorpio Black via FW for data.
     
  10. ashman70 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes that would work, great drive.

    Also, all the rhetoric about Green drives is, at least in my experience, unfounded. I have a NAS with 6x1.5GB WD Green drives, and over the past two years, not one problem of failure. I also have a storage server with 8x2TB WD Green drives, not one issue in the past year.

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  11. Mr. McMac Suspended

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    Forgot to mention my drive of choice. I use Western Digital Caviar Black's in all my systems. My iMac came with one as well. I've never had one fail on me.
     
  12. DisMyMac macrumors 65816

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    I'll bet this works like gas prices - something made them go from $2 to $5 a gallon, then it never went below $3.50 again.
     
  13. ILikeTurtles thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I got mine from New Egg. Having it installed Saturday.
     
  14. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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    enjoy. So you went from 1tb for what?
    Enjoy your (Probably) much more spacious Hard drive!
     
  15. Sonhascome macrumors 6502

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    I'd buy an ssd and then get a external hard drive as your backup. ssds are much more reliable, and that way with an external you can easily upgrade it whenever you need to. If you get an external with firewire it wil be plenty fast still
     
  16. talmy macrumors 601

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    No it doesn't. Gasoline is a limited resource, disk drives in the absence of flooding isn't. I paid $25 per megabyte for my first hard drive back when I was paying $1/gallon for gas. If gas prices followed what I'd pay for a hard drive today even with the flooding ($190 for 2 terabytes or $0.01 per megabyte) I could fill my gas tank for under three cents!
     

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