Late 2012 iMac hard drive upgrade

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  1. Failurbydesign macrumors regular

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    Inplan on upgrading the drive in my late 2012 iMac, I will be getting the kit from OWC song have no issues. My question is what hard drives have you guys/gals used or what's recommend?
     
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    This is for a Mac Mini, which I mistakenly thought the OP owned. My mistake.

    If you're replacing the drive, you don't need any kind of "kit", you'll simply transfer the mounting studs from one side, connect the cable and re-assemble (if you're adding a second drive and your Mini wasn't a 2-drive model from Apple, you'd need the kit).

    If you're going through the effort to replace the drive, no question, get an SSD (unless the capacity-to-price ratio just doesn't work for you). Crucial MX series, Samsung EVO, Kingston, Intel, Sandisk.
     
  3. Failurbydesign thread starter macrumors regular

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    No kit? The item below is recommend. When I replaced the HD in my 2010, I had to use software to control the fan speeds, which I prefer not to do in this situation. I have a 1tb drive in the iMac, which isn't enough, so a ssd will not work. I'm curious what's recommend in terms of the different types of drive (nas, green, black...ect...) and what is preferred.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/DIDIMACHDD12/
     
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    Oh wow, a million apologies to you sir - I merged a couple of things in my head (been on a Mini focus recently) and thought you [also] had a Mac Mini. Please disregard!
     
  5. Failurbydesign thread starter macrumors regular

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    No worries at all! With your Mac mini did you use a data doubler or something? I was thinking of getting one and using it as a "smart tv" in my living room.
     
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    Yeah, geez, total brain cloud on my part.

    Anyway ...

    My current machine is a '12 server model (running non-server OSX), no optical and two 2.5" drives (1TB X 2), so two sets of mounting studs, two data cables - didn't need any additional mounting hardware. I swapped the lower drive out for a 512GB SSD (originally being used in my previous '11 MBP), left the upper 1TB HDD in place for things like music, movies/TV, archives (i.e., "slow data").

    A Mini would make a slick media/smart/HTPC machine. There's a number of iOS apps that control a Mini, provide a single UI for managing different content sources, etc.
     
  7. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    An SSD is always reccomended, enough for your OS and apps maybe a 256GB and then fast USB 3 external storage for files would be my reccomendation.
     
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    I understand the difference between a ssd and normal hard drive. I'm looking to upgrade to something larger than the 1tb and looking for recommendations on which hard drive to choose. The external drive is not what I want, I have plenty of those and two nas drives. My MBP has the apple 768gb blade type ssd, it's fantastic but For the iMac I just need a standard hard drive.
     
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    You asked for reccomendations and that was mine...
     
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    It is just a standard 3.5" SATA drive. They are all pretty much the same. Just go to Amazon or whatever and find the size you want and grab what is on sale.
     

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