Recommend a 1TB HD for First Gen 20" iMac Core Duo...

Discussion in 'iMac' started by markfc, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. markfc macrumors 6502a

    markfc

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    #1
    I'm looking to upgrade my first gen Intel Core Duo iMac hard drive. It was originally 250gb but I upgraded to 750gb and now need more room.

    Speed is my primary concern, any suggestions?

    Hardware Overview:

    Model Name: iMac
    Model Identifier: iMac4,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core Duo
    Processor Speed: 2 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 2 MB
    Memory: 2 GB
    Bus Speed: 667 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: IM41.0055.B08
    SMC Version (system): 1.1f5
    Serial Number (system): W8602CEUU2P
    Hardware UUID: 00000000-0000-1000-8000-0016CB843EBB

    Intel ICH7-M AHCI:

    Vendor: Intel
    Product: ICH7-M AHCI
    Speed: 1.5 Gigabit
    Description: AHCI Version 1.10 Supported

    ST3750640AS:

    Capacity: 698.64 GB
    Model: ST3750640AS
    Revision: 3.AAE
    Serial Number: 5QD14TA9
    Native Command Queuing: Yes
    Queue Depth: 32
    Removable Media: No
    Detachable Drive: No
    BSD Name: disk0
    Mac OS 9 Drivers: No
    Partition Map Type: GPT (GUID Partition Table)
    S.M.A.R.T. status: Verified
    Volumes:
    Macintosh:
    Capacity: 666.88 GB
    Available: 111.71 GB
    Writable: Yes
    File System: Journaled HFS+
    BSD Name: disk0s2
    Mount Point: /
     
  2. markfc thread starter macrumors 6502a

    markfc

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    Right going to order this today...are they any problems fitting a sata ii drive on a sata i interface?

    Thanks
     
  3. iSavant macrumors regular

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    A SATA2 drive works fine plugged into a SATA1 interface, no prob
     
  4. markfc thread starter macrumors 6502a

    markfc

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    Thanks.

    Just ordered a Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache

    Will have fun tomorrow installing and finally upgrading to snow leopard.
    :)
     
  5. shevans macrumors member

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    Just to resurrect an old thread.

    I bought the same drive a SAMSUNG HD103SJ for my early iMac Intel version. Pig of a job to fit but much faster than the stock 160Gb WD that had failed.

    I did initially jumpered the drive to force SATA1.5 speeds but the drive was not recognised, however having it jumper-less works fine.

    Applications load twice as fast but you do hear quite a bit of seek noise. Idle its as quiet as the stock drive but now I have 950Gb of space to fill.
     

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