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

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  1. danmc00 macrumors regular

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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?
     
  2. blueroom macrumors 603

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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)
     
  3. Sonhascome macrumors 6502

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    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
     
  4. danmc00 thread starter macrumors regular

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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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    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.
     
  6. blueroom macrumors 603

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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.
     
  7. danmc00 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I am looking to get one locally. Does best buy carry one that will fit?
     
  8. simsaladimbamba

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    HDD or SSD?
    Can't you phone them and ask them? AFAIK most of these big retail chains only have a small selection of actual HDDs and SSDs.
     
  9. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    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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