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    Hard drive failed, need help getting a new one.

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    Hard drive failed, need help getting a new one.
    Hi everyone.. my hard drive was failing so i decided to get a new one. I don't know much about hard drives so i was just wondering what one i should get.. the one that came out of it was a Seagate barracuda 7200.12 500 gbtes. i was please with the power and everything about it, but not the fact that it failed… so my question is… should i just buy the same one or would i be better off getting a different brand? if so will the other brand be the same to hook back up? any suggestions and links would be helpful. thanks to everyone whom reads this!!!

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    Hard drive failed, need help getting a new one.
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    Not necessary to cross-post. Thanks.

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    Hard drive failed, need help getting a new one.

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    yeah i know sorry, i didn't think it posted the first time.

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    Hard drive failed, need help getting a new one.
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    As far as your question. Hard drives from all manufacturers can & will fail. Sometimes they fail quickly (warranty), sometimes they last for a few years, and sometimes they can last for a decade or longer.

    If you had a Seagate HD before…I would not necessarily say don't get a Seagate. Personally…I shop for HD's based on performance & price. I'm not super "brand-loyal" when it comes to HD's.

    HTH,

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Hard drive failed, need help getting a new one.

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    thank you.. i saw something about some thermo sensor not being able to adapt on different brands hard drives on mac… Do you know anything about this?

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    Well, it would certainly help if you mentioned which Mac you have? The only time the thermal sensor would make a difference is if you were changing the hard drive in a late model iMac. iMac models from 2010 on to the present use proprietary hard drives because of the thermal sensor.

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    Hard drive failed, need help getting a new one.

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    hi. sorry that I'm not good at this lol. i know its a 21.5" but i am not sure of the year… is there a way to find out what year. i already have the drive out ( super easy for someone who has no clue what they are doing) but if i need to look at the drive for you to know anything let me know.

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    If you click on the Apple in the top left corner and on About This Mac, post everything there and we can figure out what imac you own.

    I have BTW had very good luck with Western Digital Black drives. Not the Blue and especially not the Green. The Blacks also have a much longer warranty.

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    Hard drive failed, need help getting a new one.

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    i already have the drive out so its a no go on turning it back on. i guess i can search for the receipt. any other way of finding out what year it is? yeah i was thinking WD but i just didn't know if i could slap it in and everything would be fine… so i take it seagate really isn't that good?

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    Since its' an iMac the specs are usually on a Label on the bottom of the stand. Turn it over and look for a small label. If you can't see good get a Magnifier as to me its' very small text!

    I cant comment on the drive till we know which model it is. After a certain time they went to an Integrated Thermal sensor. There is a way around it again depending on model from OWC. See if you can find that label!

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    Hard drive failed, need help getting a new one.

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    model AC1311

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    Late 2009 says EveryMac.com. Will check with OWC and see and get back to you.

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    Hard drive failed, need help getting a new one.

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    thanks a lot bud

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    Hard drive failed, need help getting a new one.

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    oh and btw i don't want something way expensive, a cheaper one is good for me, the computer isn't used for much anymore since getting a macbook but i would still like to get it running and hopefully not have the HD fail on me.

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    Hard drive failed, need help getting a new one.
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    Read this and click on the URL for the late 2009. They list drives that will work. Hope this helps.

    iMac Hard Drive Upgradeability Expanded! | Other World Computing Blog

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