My imac sob story...and a Q

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  1. wrkngclasshero macrumors regular

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    So two weeks ago my PPC G5 imac from 2004 (the white plastic ones) died on me. A bunch of the capacitors blew and the Mac genius (who was super helpful) said it would be around $600 for a new motherboard.

    Well, now I am in a pickel because i have no computer at all and none of the 150+ movies I was using on my 2 :apple:TVs were synced, so I have paperweights there as well.

    So now I am relegated to my computing stuff being done at work and limited web stuff on either my Wii or my PSP at home. My wife and I have committed to waiting for the new imacs and fortunately I am not too worried about price.

    As the title aluded to I do have a question. There are tons of rumors about better graphics cards, LED backlit screens, upgraded RAM. I don't care about any of that. For my uses (primarily: internet, itunes, and Handbrake) the current model imac will be a huge improvement over my old G5. Primarily all I want really is a larger hard drive than the currently available 1TB. and no I don't want a bunch of externals, I would prefer a single internal harddrive.

    But do you more informed folks have any idea as to what type of hard drive upgrades are reasonably expected. I am guessing that it is physically impossible to go larger than 1.5TB. Am I wrong, is the technology out there to go 2TB?

    Ah well, thanks for reading my wall of text!
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    2TB HDDs exist now.

    It is said that the wall for 3.5" drives is around 5TB.
     
  3. wrkngclasshero thread starter macrumors regular

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    I am assuming that the 5TB you mentioned is a theoritical max. Were the 2TB's you referenced available long enough ago that they could be available in a new imac if say it were to be released this quarter?

    Also, does anybody have any experience in swapping out iMac harddrives? Is it do-able by a person of nominal intelligence? I am thinking one option may be to buy the current model and just upgrade myself? What do y'all think of that?
     
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    The 2TB JUST came out, and since it hasn't been tested yet (1.5s, anyone?), I doubt if Apple will use it at all.

    Theoretical? No, they're saying that 5TB is the physical maximum. As in, with the tech that we have now, they can't shove any more in there than 5TB.

    And swapping? It's hard, but it's possible. iFixit.com might have the tutorial.
     
  5. wrkngclasshero thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the quick responses. Have an awesome Thursday!
     
  6. Superman07 macrumors 6502a

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    It was either last week or this week that the 2TB drive was announced. I believe Western Digital is the only company selling one now.
     
  7. fohawk17 macrumors regular

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    honestly i can see why you would want higher that 1.5/ even with alot of hd movies or just regular movies it will take a while for that to fill
     
  8. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    While you don't want a bunch of externals, do be sure you have at least one for your own sake- to maintain at least one full updated backup data set.

    And don't put that off until it convenient to buy it ;). We have seen way too many cases of folks asking for help with recovering data from crashed drives because they 'never got around to' backing up!:(
     
  9. wrkngclasshero thread starter macrumors regular

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    I am assuming you meant "can't" and if so, I already have a 500gb external HD full and I love movies. When I bought the last iMac I got the 80gb harddrive and I can still remember turning to my wife (girlfriend at the time) and saying, "Honestly honey, we'll never fill 80gb, no need for the 160gb HD" What an Idiot i was. Anyway I am trying to learn from my past mistakes and always buy the biggest just in case.

    Currently I have a full back up dataset, and my need to always have a back up is what really fuels my desire not to use externals, because then you really need two externals at a time, one for data and one for a back up. That can lead to a lot of desk clutter in no time at all. Thank you however for the sage like advice, I could not agree more.
     
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