New hard drive specs for iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by mjwilco, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. mjwilco macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2013
    Hey everyone,

    My partner's iMac (Aug 2008, 20") has a failing hard drive. What specs do I need to make sure to look for in shopping for a new one? I'm trying to look for the specs of the old one in System Profile but it's all Greek to me. Once I get one I can format and install it just fine.

    Any help? Thanks!
  2. Ice-Cube macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2006
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    Any Serial ATA (SATA) 3.5 inch hard drives should fit your iMac. An example is
  3. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    What Ice-Cube't forget to consider getting a hybrid drive. I'm thinking they're only available in the 2.5" form factor (Seagate will soon have a 3.5" hybrid) but with brackets you can put one in the iMac.

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