Question about iMac late 2013 HDD

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  1. matt9013 macrumors 6502

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    I have a 21.5 inch Imac late 2013 model. I was wondering, if the HDD ever dies does Apple replace it with a new one I purchase (for a fee of course)? Or do I just get an external drive and use that?

    Never owned an Imac before. Also does secure empty trash damage the drive if I do it a lot?

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  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    If it dies during the warranty period, Apple will replace it for free, you don't have to buy one of your own.

    In the meantime, you can create a bootable OS X external drive for contingencies such as this.

    I went pure SSDs in all my Macs to avoid the chances of drive failures.
     
  3. redheeler, Dec 21, 2014
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    redheeler macrumors 603

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    If it fails during the warranty period Apple will replace it with a new one for free, but many of them will fail afterward requiring some DIY work to replace (or they will replace it for a fee). If you have Applecare that's still a few years in the future and you don't need to worry right now.

    Secure Empty Trash writes 0s over blocks of data rather than just flagging it to be written over. It may put slightly more stress/wear on the HDD if used often and with large amounts of data, but for the most part it should be perfectly safe.
     
  4. matt9013 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the replies. Will an external HDD be fine for when this one finally does bite the dust? I had my last HDD fail after 4-5 years on my macbook so I'm not expecting this one to die anytime soon.
     
  5. matreya macrumors 65816

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    Yes, it will work just fine, but a Thunderbolt SSD would work even better :D
     
  6. matt9013 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, I will look into one of those.
     
  7. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Just curious though, why didn't you buy an SSD equipped iMac from the start?
     
  8. matt9013 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The model I got was on sale and didn't include the SSD drive. Plus in truth I have no clue what the difference is between a regular drive and an SSD one.
     
  9. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    An SSD Macs starts up in just 8 seconds.

    Normal 5400rpm HDD reads and writes: Between 70-80 MB/s.

    256GB SSD reads: 720 MB/s
    256GB SSD writes: 670 MB/s.

    So it's magnitudes faster on an SSD.

    An SSD also has no moving parts, greatly reducing the chance of drive failure.
     
  10. matt9013 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Wow, that's awesome. Will stick with SSD drives in the future than.
     
  11. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    They're also really pricey too.

    But IMO it's worth it for speed and reliability alone.
     

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