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worth saving late-model 2009 iMac?


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Hi! My hard drive is failing fast. Can I settle for replacing the hard drive (again) or should I suck it up and go for a new model iMac?

Current machine is late 2009 iMac, Processor 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Memory 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 (altho i just realized i could still double to 8G), Graphics ATI Radeon HD 4670 256 MB, 1T ATA hard drive running (barely) Maverick.

I'm not editing feature films on this, just normal work/household stuff and ok sometimes Civilization V for hours. Also, I am using Time Machine and hopefully that will provide sufficient back up, so that either way I'm not losing too much data.

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Replacing the hard drive is cheap and simple. If you are replacing a Seagate drive, using Seagate ST1000DM003 1TB replacement won't cause any fan issues. It would also benefit from adding 8GB to the 2 vacant slots.

Even if you decide to buy a new model, it's worth replacing the drive and moving it on.

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Check this out first. If it is 1TB Seagate may be done free of charge:-

https://www.apple.com/au/support/imac-harddrive/

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I would say that machine is worth saving. You might want to look at putting a "hybrid" SSHD drive in there (a small SSD and a large HD combined into one unit). It's as cheap as a normal HD to get but makes a big different in speed on those older machines (be *sure* to get one that is compatible with your Mac though, not all such units are!).
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Thanks techiesteve, harryb2448, and chas_m. I'm learning good stuff every time someone replies! The upshot seems to be I can probably get this done for a few (or several) hundred dollars instead of buying a new machine for $1500+. I'll make sure my current HD is or isn't the faulty Seagate model that Apple will replace for free.

And, going the hybrid route is an interesting idea, I wonder if this model is compatible?

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Did you actually check to see if you qualify for a free hard drive under the replacement program? That is the cheapest way out.

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harryb2448 and i quote: Your iMac's hard drive is no longer eligible for a free replacement under this program.

Which i guess means it might have been if i checked a year ago (when it was working fine) but not anymore.
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but harryb2448 it was certainly worth checking, thanx.
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Okay. If you want to discuss the benefits, and otherwise, of hybrid drives, shoot Moderator bobtomay a personal message.

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I think the newer hybrid drives have come a long way from the model that bobtomay had a problem with. However, I'm not sure there's that much benefit from using one. I would just go with either a WD or Seagate 7200 rpm drive that meets the Apple standard so the fans don't go crazy.
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chscap and techiesteve, this fans issue...i didn't know at first what you meant, but i gather there's a thermometer thingie that hooks up via wire/cable(?) from the HD to the motherboard (is it still called that? I'm obviously stuck in the 90s) which, if it's not the right kind, can give the computer a false sense of overheating, hence the fans? Which would be super-annoying btw.
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Hence the suggestion to let Apple do it and use the correct hard drive and sensors.

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
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Definitely worth saving. When my hard drive failed last year on my Mid 2007 24" iMac I put in a Seagate 750 Momentus Hybrid drive (and used an OWC NewerTech Adaptadrive caddy) and haven't looked back. Machine is still as sweet as anything - display is wonderful, no complaints about speed and still looks in mint condition. Still loving it!!

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