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Recommend replacement HD for intel mac.

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Feb 20, 2010 9:52 PM
The hard drive in my iMac (early 2006) has just died. I am trying to find a replacement drive.

I am considering a Western Digital Caviar Green 1 TB drive(32 mb cache). Has anyone tried these in an imac? I am a little concerned about performance given that the drive spins at 5400 rpm. I don't want it to run slower than my old 160 gb drive (which was also Western Digital).

The other option is a 1 TB Seagate Barracuda. This is a 7200 rpm drive but I don't know if I trust Seagate after the bios problems they had about a year ago.

Any thoughts?

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17" iMac Core Duo, 1.83GHz, 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.1) and Windows 7 Ultimate;, iMac G3 500Mhz Snow, 384MB RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (23,395 points)
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    Feb 20, 2010 10:49 PM (in response to Ben_)
    Hi Ben

    Over a year ago I went with the 320 GB WD Caviar Blue and it runs cooler and quieter than the OEM 160GB Seagate.

    Unfortunately the largest capacity blue is 750GB, if your insisting on a 1T then I would recommend a WD Caviar Black. >

    17" Early Core Duo - 320GB WD Caviar Blue HDD - 2GB RAM - 21.5 LG Display -, Mac OS X (10.6.2), - Maxtor FireWire's - WD Passport - Nikon - Epson - 80GB Classic - 2GB Nano -
  • kguy Calculating status...
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    Feb 21, 2010 12:52 AM (in response to Ben_)

    Count that as 2 votes for the WD Caviar Black drives.

    Very satisfied with the ones I bought for the office, and great speed with 7200 RPM.
    iMac 27" 3.06, Mac mini (late 2009) 2.26, iPhone 3GS
  • pietrowiak Calculating status...
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    Feb 21, 2010 4:37 AM (in response to Ben_)
    I'm replaced my 250 GB HD for a Samsung HD 103UJ 1TB harddisk.Very quiet and fast.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Late 2006 20" c2d 3gb ram 1tb HD


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