Replacement HD for iMac

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  1. volntitan macrumors 6502

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    I have a 2.0 20" iMac and the HD has gone bad. Any suggestions on a good replacement drive at least 300 GB? I think I need a SATA 3.0 (?), but not sure.

    Thanks for any help!!
     
  2. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Verify you have SATA using Apple System Profiler. I buy most of my drives from New Egg, although I recently got a Segate 500 gig at PCConnection for $140 (open box).
     
  3. volntitan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Unfortunately, I can't even boot up the iMac because of the drive.
     
  4. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Is it an Intel-based or G5-based iMac?
     
  5. volntitan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It is a G5 mac. I have looked at WD, Seagate, Hitatchi, Samsung, but not sure which one is the "best". I figured since I have to replace it, I would go for atleast 500gb.
     
  6. MusicallySilent macrumors member

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    I have heard that the hitachis have some tendencies to die

    If silence is important to you
    Samsung
    WD
    Seagate (The perpendiculars are really loud)
     
  7. volntitan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Newegg has a WD SE16 500 gb for $114 and a Samsung 500gb 16mb cache for $119. Is one more "reliable" than the other?
     
  8. MusicallySilent macrumors member

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    Im not sure but generally the one with the longer warranty will probably be more reliable since they are guaranteeing its life longer...

    Both are pretty on par with eachother
     
  9. volntitan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I know you said the Seagates are noisy, but they have a 5 yr. warranty apparently.
     
  10. MusicallySilent macrumors member

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    Well it is personal preference but yes they are really noisy... im pretty sure most of them have similar reliability
     
  11. brop52 macrumors 68000

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    It probably depends which Seagate model you buy. Mine is really quiet, reliable, and cheap.
     
  12. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030

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    I personally prefer Western Digitals.

    Sure, the warranty isnt as long, but hard drives are becoming so cheap, sometimes it might not even be worthwhile to deal with the warranty.

    Besides, a general rule of thumb is that if its gonna croak, it normally does within the first few months of ownership. Thats from personal experience.

    I bought 2 250GB Caviar SATA drives, and when I got them and plugged them in, I thought they were dead on arrival, but when I placed them aganist my ear, they were spinning perfectly fine. They're that quiet.

    If your iMac is 2.0 GHz, its definitely SATA.

    You can get a 250GB drive online for around 60-80 shipped at Newegg.
     
  13. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    When I get into work today, I'll check the one in my lab. I have the exact same machine.
     
  14. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    OK, your drive is a 3.5" SATA. If you go to NewEgg and use their menu system on the left side of the screen, selec for internal SATA 500 gig drives and 12 will come up. The decision on what to get is up to you!

    Good luck and have fun.
     
  15. volntitan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks! Can I go with the SATA 300 or do I have to do SATA 150....
     
  16. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    You'll be fine with any of the 3 gb/sec 7200 rpm OEM drives. I personally favor seagates for their warranty, but I've had WD, Maxtor, IBM (Hitachi) and Samsung drives and have never had one fail on me.
     
  17. volntitan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Someone else on here said the Seagates were very noisy, do you find that to be true? And I assume the "oem" means it doesn't come with cables or software...
     
  18. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    My Seagate is in an external firewire enclosure. The only noise I hear from it is the enclosure's fan. I cannot comment on how quiet it would be in your iMac.

    "Original Equipment Manufacturer" means it won't come with anything but the drive (usually). But you don't need anything else. Set the drive to "master" (if it's not already), connect the cables in your iMac, secure the drive, close up the back. You'll need to boot from your install DVD and you should be ready to format and install OS X.

    BTW - did you ever boot from your installer DVD and run Disk Utility on your hard drive? It might only require a simple disk repair to correct any problems with your current drive.
     
  19. Cave Man macrumors 604

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  20. volntitan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I took it to the Apple store yesterday and we ran disk utility and it failed and then even tried to use Disk Warrior and it was giving disk malfunction errors. Either way, it gives me a legit excuse for the wife to upgrade the mac ;)
     

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