HDD upgrade for 2010 iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Aspen, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. Aspen, Dec 26, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2012

    Aspen macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2009
    The hard drive in my 2010 Core 2 Duo iMac is 500 GB. I'd like to upgrade it to 1-3 TB for photo and video storage. Any suggestions or any to stay away from? Will any standard 3.5" SATA work?

    I'll need to from 4 GB>>>8 GB memory also.

    But do I recall that Snow Leopard can't be upgraded to Mountain Lion? That could be a negative.

    Yep, it's a dinosaur but it's paid for and works fine. Plus, I still like having the internal OD.

    Thanks much.
  2. G-Mo, Dec 26, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2012

    G-Mo macrumors 6502


    Nov 6, 2010
    Auckland, NZ
    Your 2010 iMac requires a proprietary Apple hard drive due to the built in temperature sensor. There are hacks to work around this and use a standard SATA drive, but, there are risks. I believe the maximum available drive from Apple for this machine is 2TB (off the top of my head).
  3. toddzrx macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2012

    Not sure about using a hard drive, but I installed a Corsair SSD in my mid-2010 model (obviously without a temp sensor) and have had zero issues. Just get HDD Fan Control (http://www.hddfancontrol.com/) to control fan speed after installing a drive that doesn't have a temp sensor. I would imagine it's no different when installing a non-proprietary HD.


    If it's a mid-2010 model, it will have at least a core i3 processor in there; the late 2009's were the last model to have Core 2 Duos. And, that is no dinosaur. Add the right gear to it (SSD should be at the top of your list) and you'll have a faster machine than a new base model iMac.

    Finally, Snow Leopard can be upgraded directly to Mountain Lion; you do not need to buy Lion first (I assume that is your concern).
  4. Aspen thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2009
    You are right; it's a late 2009 (bought in 2010).

    Thanks to all for the help.

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