What hard drive? Upgrade to 2011 iMac.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by PaulKemp, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. PaulKemp, Sep 21, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2013

    PaulKemp macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2009

    So my 2011 iMac came with only SDD, and I now in the process of adding an additional hard drive. But, I have some questions for you guys who already have added / replaced the hard drive. The disk is going to be used as a boot camp partition (Windows) and normal media stuff. Some games etc. Size, 3 or 4 TB.

    Hard drives:
    Speed vs noise is important. I would like to have 7200 RPM. But, I don't want to hear the hard drive when sitting in front of the iMac.
    • WD Desktop Green 3TB: Cheap, but "intellipower" RPM. Could be slow? Also, 3 TB is the biggest I can find for the Green line.
    • WD Red 4TB NAS Harddrive: Don't know about noise. Since this is targeted at the NAS users, I'm not sure how it would work for me.
    • Seagate Barracuda® 4TB: 5400 RPM. Not sure about this. I'm getting conflicting reports on the ST4000DM000 drive. And co workers are preferring WD over Seagate. Cheap though.
    • Seagate Barracuda® 3TB: 7200 RPM? This sounds like a good option. Could be noisy. But cheap, fast and large.
    • WD Desktop Black 4TB: 7200 RPM and expensive. But this is the "best" option. 5 yrs warranty etc. I imagine this disk being very noisy.
    Could be others I have forgot. Personal experience with noise and what types of disk would be nice.


    Installation kit from OWC:
  2. elithrar macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2007
    WD Black. Not really noisier than any other desktop drive. Don't get the Red.
  3. PaulKemp thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2009
    WD Black 4 TB is the nice to have option. In Norwegian money, it's 195$ more expensive than the 3tb Seagate Barracuda, and I can't really justify that kind of a price difference. And both are 7200 RPM. I'm also guessing they are about the same regarding noise.

    If someone has replaced the 3.5" hard drive on a iMac, how well do you hear the hard drive?
  4. monokakata macrumors 68000


    May 8, 2008
    Hilo, Hawai'i
    I've got 6 of the 3 TB Seagates in my Mac Pros. They are very quiet, in my experience. True, in an iMac they'd be closer to your ears than in a Mac Pro under the desk. I like them a lot.

    I did read someplace online that Backblaze, the online backup company, favors the 3 TB Hitachi, for reliability.
  5. PaulKemp thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2009
    I think I'll go for the 3TB Barracuda. It's well renown, cheap and will suit my needs.

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