upgrade iMac SATA

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  1. roganlondon macrumors newbie

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    Hi

    Sorry to jump in like this but really after some advice. So thanks in advance.

    I’d like to upgrade storage on my iMac - currently 640Gb Hitachi SATA 7200.

    I’ve seen the instructions, but a little confused on which drive to buy.

    I’d like to go up to 2Tb - could anyone advise on best option - hitachi, seagate, western digital, samsung. And also will 7200 rpm be OK for heat?

    Full iMac details below - details below.

    Model Name: iMac
    Model Identifier: iMac9,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.66 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 6 MB
    Memory: 4 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz
    Boot ROM Version: IM91.008D.B08
    SMC Version (system): 1.45f0

    Thanks so much for help.
     
  2. TMRaven macrumors 68020

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  4. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Caviar Blacks are rather noisy and expensive. Hitachi's 2TBs are decent and in fact, Apple uses them in iMacs. I would grab one of them
     
  5. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    +1 for hitachi

    I prefer them. I upgraded my 9,1 to the hitachi 2tb.

    Cheers,
     
  6. roganlondon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    great - thanks for the replies.

    quick question - are there any issues with choosing 7200 rather than a 5400 speed? Maybe heat?
     
  7. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    Haven't seen any heat issues but I don't run much in the way of disk intense apps. I just wanted more space.

    Cheers,
     
  8. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Pretty much all desktop hard drives will be 7200 RPM, so the 5400 are actually slower than standard. Your current drive is a 7200, so there is no reason to get a 5400
     
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    Actually, no. 2TB and other high-capacity drives are often 5400rpm or 5900rpm, especially the cheap ones. For example, there is no 3TB Caviar Black but there is 3TB Caviar Green
     
  11. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    Another reason to use hitachi. 7200 all the way.

    Cheers,
     
  12. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    That's true. Apple does use 7200 RPM models in the iMac though, so it's perfectly safe.
     

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