02-27-2014, 04:58 AM #1Replacing and/or 2nd drive in iMac?
At the moment I am getting a quite full hdd in my late 2009 121/2 iMac. What would be the best replacement HDD for me to get please??
At the moment I have a 500 gig Hitachi disk and am thinking of either a 1 or 2 Tb jobbie?
Any ideas of which one that won't break the bank?? Still got a lot of wine to buy
I have read somewhere that it is possible to fit a second hdd/sdd into a late 2009 iMac 21 1/2.
Is this correct and if so how, what size is possible, etc??
02-27-2014, 09:49 AM #2
02-27-2014, 10:32 AM #3
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Wasn't it the Seagate's they did the recall on? Personally I prefer Hitachi.
Get it from OWC in order to get the right one with the thermal sensors.Any priest or shaman must be presumed guilty until proved innocent.
02-27-2014, 10:50 AM #4
Seagate, Hitachi, Western Digital, Toshiba, etc...I don't really have a big issue (or love) with/for any of them. Yes occasionally one manufacturer may have a problem every now and then...but what manufacturer doesn't (even Apple).
If I was forced to choose a brand...I would most likely go with Western Digital...but I couldn't necessarily cite any data why. If I could get a Seagate HD for $10-$15 bucks less than an equal capacity Western Digital...I would get the Seagate.
Of course if one brand had a continuing history of bad HD models...than that would be a different story. And of course some folks have had bad experiences with one brand or another...so they will swear off of them.
I mostly shop for HD's based on price. Everything important is backed up...so I look for best price/capacity.
02-27-2014, 02:30 PM #5
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02-27-2014, 03:17 PM #6
chscag & cradom...thanks for reminding me about the thermal sensors.
My last two iMac purchases were a "Late 2009" 21.5" iMac...and a "Mid-2011" 27" iMac. Both have the HD thermal sensor issues (what a pain in the neck)! I did a ton of research into both of these (especially the 2011)...which I extensively wrote about a repair issue I had in another thread.
Anyway (for the OP)...concerning the HD question/dilemma with a "Late 2009" iMac...here's an article from OWC (MacSales) that I read back then...and explains the situation:
Proprietary Cable can put the brakes on upgrading Late '09 iMacs. | Other World Computing Blog
According to the OWC article...the HD in a "Late 2009" iMac must be replaced "like for like". The "Late 2009" iMacs came with either a Western Digital or a Seagate HD...and if a replacement is needed...then the same brand HD must be used.
The article also has links for the proper HD that will work (which OWC also sells).
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