HDD Replacement Cost

MCAsan

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If replacing it.....put in an SSD and never again use a HD for boot, OS, cache..etc. Put all the data libraries of documents, videos, photos, music on external HDs.
 
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pje65

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Mac sales (owc) has a turnkey program as well for the 2010 models where they will replace the hdd with a ssd, and other mods that Apple itself won't do.

https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/turnkey/iMac
Hello All,

How much can I expect to pay at the Apple Store, to have the 1tb drive replaced in my mid-2010 iMac? I did watch a few DIY videos, but I'm not comfortable doing it myself.

Thanks in advance,

-Steven

I'm in the same boat with the same computer. I've been investigating options for a while. I chatted/talked with Apple Support at some length today, and they told me that the Apple Store--which is the closest place to get service for me--won't give me any price quotes, as there may be more than one thing wrong with the computer, and they don't want to be accused of underestimating the cost. They suggested that I box up my computer, take it over there, and see what they had to say. They also told me that they'd only be able to put in an Apple SSD. I don't know if any of this is true, but I heard it from more than one person tonight. This seems like a crappy option to me.
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Mac sales (owc) has a turnkey program as well for the 2010 models where they will replace the hdd with a ssd, and other mods that Apple itself won't do.

https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/turnkey/iMac
Has anyone taken advantage of this program? It seems like a good deal to me if it's as advertised. What would I do, put it in the original box w/original packing materials, ship it to them, let them fix it, then have them ship it back to me?
 

Richdmoore

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I'm in the same boat with the same computer. I've been investigating options for a while. I chatted/talked with Apple Support at some length today, and they told me that the Apple Store--which is the closest place to get service for me--won't give me any price quotes, as there may be more than one thing wrong with the computer, and they don't want to be accused of underestimating the cost. They suggested that I box up my computer, take it over there, and see what they had to say. They also told me that they'd only be able to put in an Apple SSD. I don't know if any of this is true, but I heard it from more than one person tonight. This seems like a crappy option to me.
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Has anyone taken advantage of this program? It seems like a good deal to me if it's as advertised. What would I do, put it in the original box w/original packing materials, ship it to them, let them fix it, then have them ship it back to me?
I have looked into it, but never done it. I instead put a ssd into a deluxe thunderbolt enclosure, but mine was a 2011 iMac model. (No thunderbolt in the 2010 iMac.)

I would look over the FAQ, and call them before you order it. Like others have mentioned, I would either replace the hdd with a ssd, or get a ssd in addition to the new hdd, as it will really speed up your computer.
 

rworne

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Hello All,

How much can I expect to pay at the Apple Store, to have the 1tb drive replaced in my mid-2010 iMac? I did watch a few DIY videos, but I'm not comfortable doing it myself.

Thanks in advance,

-Steven
I just happened to come back from the Apple Store today to replace a failed 3TB drive in my iMac (fusion setup).

Here's the cost breakdown:
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Parts and Services
Item Number Description                        Price     Amount Due  Customer KBB
661-7876    Hard Drive, 3 TB, SATA, 3.5, 7200  $ 260.23  $ 0.00      N
S1490LL/A   Hardware Repair Labor              $ 39.00   $ 0.00
                     Total (Tax Not Included)  $ 299.23  $ 0.00
 
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maflynn

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Mac sales (owc) has a turnkey program as well for the 2010 models where they will replace the hdd with a ssd, and other mods that Apple itself won't do.

https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/turnkey/iMac
One thing to keep in mind, they're not an Apple Authorized dealer. Post warranty it doesn't matter as much, but its good to keep that in mind when making a decision on the work.

Personally, I like the idea of finding a local Authorized Apple dealer who, so I wouldn't have to ship the Mac out.
 

le.bouch

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Not a bad price from Apple, all things considered - $300 / £206.
I just replaced the 1TB HDD in my FD 2012 27" iMac myself - costs were:

£125 WD Black 3TB HDD
£30 OWC temp cable from Amazon (ensures new HDD passes Apple Hardware Test and internal fan behaves)
£10 genuine Apple adhesive strips from eBay to reseal the screen.

£165 / $240 total.

I had to hunt around for those prices and could easily have spent more. When you add in my time, the risk of breaking the screen and lack of warranty I would happily have paid Apple £206 to do it. Proper Apple HDD firmware (temp reading sent to pin 11) and no need for the OWC cable.

The only reservation is that they would likely have used another Seagate HDD rather than the much better WD Black, and Apple being Apple, probably just convert their $ prices to £, ie I bet it doesn't cost £206 in a UK Apple Store..
 

rworne

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Yes, I was a bit surprised at the labor cost Apple charged for the work. It's quite reasonable considering it was done on a late 2013 27" iMac.

The HDD being approximately 2.5x what I can get it for at retail isn't so reasonable.
 

le.bouch

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Yes, I was a bit surprised at the labor cost Apple charged for the work. It's quite reasonable considering it was done on a late 2013 27" iMac.

The HDD being approximately 2.5x what I can get it for at retail isn't so reasonable.
That's the problem though. You can't buy their HDDs, only generic ones without the Apple firmware which WD and Seagate install prior to shipping to Apple. Sneaky ;-)
 

rworne

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Jul 23, 2002
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That's the problem though. You can't buy their HDDs, only generic ones without the Apple firmware which WD and Seagate install prior to shipping to Apple. Sneaky ;-)
You are right. I just checked to see what replacements would be via 3rd party: $300 on eBay (pulls from iMacs) and $450-$750 if you want to order one from an online retailer.
 

WigWag Workshop

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I would like to thank everyone for their replies, and input. I ended up going to Micro Center, total price out-the-door was $128USD. Once I got it home, did a Command + R on start up, and restored from my Time Machine backup. My iMac is back to exactly how it was before the crash, but a lot faster which tells me, the drive has been failing for some time.
 

212rikanmofo

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Can you provide them with an HDD yourself and just pay for labor only? $260 for a 3TB is expensive when you can get an 8TB these days for less than that.
 
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