I need help finding a replacement HD for my 27" iMac.

danmc00

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Looks like my internal hard drive crashed on my 27" iMac. Is there a certain kind or brand that I need?
 

blueroom

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If you're willing to bypass the HDD thermal sensor you can use pretty much any SATA drive. My 2009 simply needed a jumper wire and I'm now running a Vertex 2 SSD (in a 2.5 to 3.5 bracket)
 

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If you're willing to bypass the HDD thermal sensor you can use pretty much any SATA drive. My 2009 simply needed a jumper wire and I'm now running a Vertex 2 SSD (in a 2.5 to 3.5 bracket)
This is accurate, you should be good to go. I'd highly recommend a ssd, I just put one in my computer and it's so much quicker. it takes 30 seconds to boot all the way up now
 

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The biggest vertex 2 ssd drive I see is a 480gb. I'm looking for a 1Tb
 
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The biggest vertex 2 ssd drive I see is a 480gb. I'm looking for a 1Tb
You are looking for a 1 TB SSD or a 1 TB HDD?
Here is one 1 TB SSD from OCZ: http://www.ocztechnology.com/ocz-octane-sata-iii-2-5-ssd.html
Maybe you can find a Colossus from OCZ, it was a 1 TB SSD in 3.5" form.

Anyway, two days ago I put a 60 GB SSD (Vertex 2) in my 2007 iMac (transplanted it from my 2009 MBP with a Vertex 3 with 120 GB SSD now) and it boots in less than 20 seconds. The iMac has new life.
As storage I use a Firewire 800 enclosure with two 1.5 TB HDDs, which allows me to have 60 to 70 MB/s transfer rates. I wish the iMac would have an ExpressCard slot like the MBP I have, thus I could use eSATA to transfer data, but Firewire 800 is okay for the iMac.
 

blueroom

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Although a little shy of 1TB an interesting compromise might be the Seagate XT 750 Hybrid. Not as fast as a pure SSD but nowhere near as expensive either.
 

panzer06

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I am looking to get one locally. Does best buy carry one that will fit?
Bestbuy usually has plenty of 3.5" 1TB or higher hard disk drives with at least 2 different brands in stock. Not sure if this is true now that there is a global HDD shortage.

Also remember 2010 & 2011 iMacs have different sensor tech and there may be alternative solutions to get the replacement working properly with the fans. I use HDD Fan Control on my iMac 2010 (replaced Stock Seagate 1TB with Seagate 2TB but fans still went nuts)

Cheers,
 
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