iMac HD

skunk

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Could someone tell me the spec of the iMac HD? I'd rather install a bigger one myself than pay Apple to do it. Is it a standard SATA drive, or what?
 

WildCowboy

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Which iMac model? The new ones use standard 7200 rpm SATA drives.
 

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Already answered then...snuck it in there with an edit just in case that's what you were after. :cool:
 

Danksi

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skunk said:
Thanks. God, you're quick! :D
I'm assuming, of course, that it's a user-replaceable part...
If it's like the 17-inch and 20-inch, NO. They're sealed units in terms of user-accessibility, assuming you want to keep the Apple Warranty. The only thing you're 'allowed' to upgrade yourself is the Memory, which is accessed via a small cover at the base of the screen.
 

Dopeyman

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What about the older, newer iMacs?

Will this Seagate work in mine??

EDIT: Oh wait.... I just noticed that it's a ATA-133, not SATA drive... So now here's another question, there are SATA-150 and SATA-300 drives... Which one will work on my iMac?
 

MacProGuy

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Yes, it will technically work.

However, the current iMacs use Seagate 7200.9 drives, with SPECIAL APPLE FIRMWARE, and it's worth it IMHO to get the 500GB upgrade from Apple.

If you are going to go with an external setup, just get a couple of cheaper drives (Fry's in Dallas has 2 7200.9 series 400GB SATA drives for $99 a piece this weekend)... and hook them up via FW800 in a RAID 0 Case :)

Much more space, MUCH faster, and you can use the entire INTERNAL drive from APPLE as your Windows XP partition :)
 

mrgreen4242

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Danksi said:
If it's like the 17-inch and 20-inch, NO. They're sealed units in terms of user-accessibility, assuming you want to keep the Apple Warranty. The only thing you're 'allowed' to upgrade yourself is the Memory, which is accessed via a small cover at the base of the screen.
When my iMac G5 HDD drive died, Apple sent me a new one to install myself. Not sure if it changed, but the HDD and optical drives were user serviceable on the G5 iMacs.
 

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mrgreen4242 said:
When my iMac G5 HDD drive died, Apple sent me a new one to install myself. Not sure if it changed, but the HDD and optical drives were user serviceable on the G5 iMacs.
While many parts were user-serviceable in the G5 iMacs, Apple unfortunately eliminated most of that in the Intel models. Basically, RAM is the only thing in the Intel iMacs that's do-it-yourself according to Apple.
 

Alex Duggan

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WildCowboy said:
While many parts were user-serviceable in the G5 iMacs, Apple unfortunately eliminated most of that in the Intel models. Basically, RAM is the only thing in the Intel iMacs that's do-it-yourself according to Apple.
Just to clarify; it was only the Rev. A & B iMac G5's that had the many user serviceable parts - the Rev. C iMac G5 was the same as the newer Intel macs - only the RAM was user serviceable!
 

mrgreen4242

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Alex Duggan said:
Just to clarify; it was only the Rev. A & B iMac G5's that had the many user serviceable parts - the Rev. C iMac G5 was the same as the newer Intel macs - only the RAM was user serviceable!
AH - lame. Well, I suppose that you should get a new computer equipped the way you want it... my the time you want/need to upgrade the HDD (beyond just plugging in a FW drive) you're warranty will be up anyways.