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    New iMac HDD noise?

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    Question New iMac HDD noise?
    Hi!

    I bought an iMac last year which emitted that constant, "grumbling stomach"-type noise, even when I wasn't doing anything. (It also had a slightly yellowed screen, but that's another story). Putting something soft under the base didn't work, and even music couldn't always drown it out. I found the noise really irritating so I sent it back.

    Now that listenupsteve.com no longer exists, I have no clue where to check whether or not this issue has been addressed in the May 2011 release of the iMacs. I think Seagate drives were the biggest culprit noise-wise; are they still being used in this new update? And while we're at it, are yellow screens still an issue? Would love to hear feedback from anyone who's bought one of the new iMacs. Thanks!

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    New iMac HDD noise?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacFlurrie View Post
    Hi!

    I bought an iMac last year which emitted that constant, "grumbling stomach"-type noise, even when I wasn't doing anything. (It also had a slightly yellowed screen, but that's another story). I found the noise really irritating so I sent it back.

    Now that listenupsteve.com no longer exists, I have no clue where to check whether or not this issue has been addressed in the May 2011 release of the iMacs. I think Seagate drives were the biggest culprit noise-wise; are they still being used in this new update? And while we're at it, are yellow screens still an issue? Would love to hear feedback from anyone who's bought one of the new iMacs. Thanks!
    I have last year's iMac and have no problem with a yellowing screen or noisy hard drive. Did it ever occur to you that maybe you just got a bad unit and there's no inherent "issue" to be fixed? Those things do happen.

    Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
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    New iMac HDD noise?

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    Hi, Lifeisabeach! It did occur to me, so I did several hours of research and found many other people complaining of the same things. Quite a few of them sent for four or five replacements and still ended up with a nosy drive. It's not really a computer problem, it's just that certain drives tend to be noisy... I think Seagates were the worst, Hitachis were hit-and-miss, and WD's were silent for most people (I have one in my MBP and it's dead silent). The problem is, you can't specify what brand you want. That's why I'm wondering whether, by some chance, Apple might have stopped using the Seagates.

    Here's one example: http://forums.macrumors.com/archive/.../t-825849.html

    Out of curiosity, what kind of drive do you have?

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    There's a follow up thread on that same site - polling new iMac users to see if they're experiencing screen "issues". mid-2011 imacs 27" & 21" yellow tinted screen thread - MacRumors Forums Take it for whatever that might be worth. I can tell you that I have one of the new iMacs - and it's a thing of beauty.

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    I'm with Brian on that. We just purchased a new iMac 21.5" as a desktop replacement for the office. Beautiful machine, fast, quiet. And it has a Seagate Hard Drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacFlurrie View Post
    Out of curiosity, what kind of drive do you have?
    Seagate, and it's perfectly quiet.

    Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
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    New iMac HDD noise?

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    Brian: Thanks! Exactly what I was looking for on the yellow tint issue. Nice to know that it doesn't seem to be happening as often as it did in the past.

    Chscag and Lifeisabeach: Thanks, that's reassuring! I think I might just try again.

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    New iMac HDD noise?

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    Update time: I finally ordered my iMac, and its Seagate drive is completely silent. Virtually no yellowing either. Couldn't be more pleased!

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