5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 14, 2010 12:23 AM by Ben_
Ben_ Level 2 (315 points)
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 (26,002 points)
    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. http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=299

    Unfortunately the largest capacity blue is 750GB, if your insisting on a 1T then I would recommend a WD Caviar Black. > http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=733

  • kguy Level 2 (415 points)

    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.
  • Ben_ Level 2 (315 points)
    Thank-you both for the suggestions. The website of the shop I want to buy the drive from advertises a new 1 TB caviar blue drive. I might try to get one of those. The caviar black is quite expensive.

    Can anyone recommend the Seagate 1 TB barracuda or should I steer clear of Seagate?

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  • pietrowiak Level 1 (5 points)
    I'm replaced my 250 GB HD for a Samsung HD 103UJ 1TB harddisk.Very quiet and fast.
  • Ben_ Level 2 (315 points)
    Thanks to all for the suggestions. I didn't have a choice in the end. I needed it repaired quickly and I could only find the Western digital green drives. I went with a 1 TB green drive.

    To be honest, it doesn't feel any slower than the old drive. It seems to boot and copy just as fast. It's very quiet and so far, has run a couple of degrees cooler than the old drive.

    The only thing I have noticed is that if the computer has been left on for a long period, it sometimes takes up to 20 seconds for the computer to become responsive, presumably because of the power saving feature of the drive - it parks the head and spins down the drive when not in use. But I don't really mind because I figure it's saving power.

    Maybe if I did a lot of video editing I might feel the difference but I don't.

    All and all, very happy!