HDD recommendations? iMac (early 2006)

Discussion in 'iMac' started by delusional, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. delusional macrumors newbie

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    I ordered this old iMac on the first day intel macs became available. Jan 1 2006. It's been a great machine, but now it's time to replace the hard disk. I need a Serial-ATA (SATA) hard drive. One terrabyte or larger. It should be a 7200 R.P.M. drive with at least 8 MB of Cache memory built-in. And, it should be labeled as SATA-150 or SATA-300. Either will work, but I will only get the performance of the SATA-150 drive either way (the 300 will slow to 150 to communicate with my system). SATA-150 might be cheaper.
    The problem is that there are so many choices available, i just can't decide. It seems like there are thousands of disks i might use. Can somebody please make a recommendation, or at least tell me what to avoid?

    I am concerned most about heat inside the mac degrading the new drive's life expectancy. Cost is a factor, but i will choose reliability over price.
     
  2. tgaudmx5 macrumors newbie

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    Help!

    I have this exact same question, but rather than post a new thread I wanted to reply to this one since the OP already said it perfectly for me.

    Can someone provide a recommendation for a replacement HDD for an early 2006 white 20" Intel iMac?

    Thanks!
     
  3. B... macrumors 68000

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    Have you thought about an SSD? Blazing fast and cheaper than they've ever been.
     
  4. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    second that... it will feel like a new machine, and you'll never, ever go back to HDD.
     
  5. tgaudmx5 macrumors newbie

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    Well yeah - that would be great! This iMac is actually my mother's (I have a MBA - so I'm well aware of the benefits of SSD vs HDD.

    Can you guys help me out with a link to a good one that will work in this iMac (early 2006 20" Core Duo)? I would really, really appreciate it.

    I assume formatting it using the SL install disc is similar to the process for HDD?

    Thanks!!

     
  6. eRondeau macrumors 6502a

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    Yes a new SSD formats exactly the same. I recently installed a 240GB SATA-3 SSD (from Other World Computing) in an "original" Late-2008 aluminum Macbook and it's incredible. Like a brand-new laptop. I also installed a 64GB IDE/PATA SSD in a decade-old iBook G4 and it is entirely usable for casual internet & email use. And I think I'm going to upgrade my Sony PS3 with a SATA-2 SSD just to say I did it. These things are addictive!
     

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