Imac 2017 late 2012 recommendation for new harddrive

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  1. felipepanza macrumors newbie

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    Hi my 3 tb disk is making noises and acting up (slow and the fan is on full speed).

    I am afraid it is time to change the disk.

    I read something about fan control attached to the disk.

    I would appreciate help to find a replacement disk that is compatible.
     
  2. JustMartin macrumors 6502a

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    you could have a look at somewhere like https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/OWC/Apple-iMac-2012-Drive-Internal-Flash for advice on replacing the drive. On the other hand, you could also look at putting a thunderbolt external drive on the back of the iMac and moving over to that as your main drive - that would be less hassle in terms of opening up and resealing the computer.
     
  3. felipepanza thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is thunderbolt as fast as internal drive and where should I put my data?
     
  4. JustMartin macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think you'll find much difference in speed - although it depends what your current 3tb drive is and how much you've used up. I would be tempted to get an external drive, clone everything over to it and have it as my boot drive and data drive - so a simple replacement
     
  5. sergeyz macrumors member

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    I use an external USB SSD on my iMac 2012 for a couple of months and it works perfect
     
  6. illest813 macrumors member

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    Not to hijack Op's post, but rather than start a new thread, figured I'd ask here.

    I have a late 2012 iMac with the 1 TB drive option. I would like to replace the HD with a 256 GB/500 GB SSD. I think Geek Squad quoted me $50 for the labor (I can't, and don't have the kit), assuming I can do the software myself (I can).

    Is there a "Best Seller" SSD for iMac's of this vintage? Cheap, problem-free, seamless would be great. I also heard I need some sort of "fitment accessory" as the SSD is significantly smaller. Any advice or buying guides would be great. I would love to be in this for <$200 installed.


    Thank you in advance.
    -Scott
     
  7. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 68000

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    Cheap don't work with SSDs. Go with 512GB 256 is negligible.

    Crucial or OW C are both Mac specialiasts
     
  8. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    OP:
    Seems to me that Apple had a recall/free replacement on some 3tb Seagate drives in the iMac line.
    You might check with them to see if yours could be one of them.
     
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  10. felipepanza thread starter macrumors newbie

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    After some help and research I am going for external solution.

    1 external drive for OS X, SSD to Thunderbolt
    1 external drive for data USB3

    But which drive should I choose?
    1. Is essential that the iMac can boot from the SSD disk: Looking at 256 gb, https://www.wdc.com/products/portable-storage/my-passport-ssd.html

    Any suggestion?
     
  11. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    You DO NOT NEED thunderbolt for the boot drive.

    USB3 will be fine. I've been booting and running my 2012 Mac Mini for going on SIX YEARS now via an SSD sitting in a USB3/SATA dock. It runs as well today as the day I took it out of the box and booted it up.

    For a ready-to-connect USB3 SSD, I would suggest either a Samsung t5 or one of these:
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00ZTRY532?tag=delt-20

    Either 240gb or 500gb should do the job.

    Or... buy a "bare" SSD and put it into an enclosure that supports UASP, or perhaps even a USB3/SATA dock or dongle/adapter.

    USB3 (with UASP support) will give you reads around 430mbps and writes in the 300-350mbps range (depends on the brand and the size of the drive).

    This is as good or better than what you'll get from thunderbolt.

    Put the OS, your apps and accounts* on the SSD. Don't clog it up -- leave it "lean and clean" and it will run its best.
    * -- put "large libraries" of movies, music and pictures on another drive. Since your internal drive may no longer function, you could consider attaching an external USB (platter-based) hard drive and use that. If your storage needs aren't great, you might even consider a second SSD.
     
  12. felipepanza thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Does my iMac support usb 3.1? I can only get the Samsung T5 in my country ans it have a 3.1 usb.

    Will it help if the second hard drive with data have thunderbolt?
     
  13. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    USB3.1 should be "backwards compatible" with a Mac that has (only) USB3.
     
  14. felipepanza thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks to everyone. I have ordered two disk:

    1. Sandisk extreme 500 SSD 240 GB
    2. Lacie rugged 2TB with thunderbolt.

    I alos contacted Apple and the will that I run diagnostic so they can get more information. Under the call I was not home so they could not help me at the time. But I do not believe there is something they can do.

    Now I get the spinning wheel and sounds from the hard drive, the computer freeze for 5 minutes and then it work againm but it is very slow and start the spinning wheel after a few minutes of use.
     
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