4 Replies Latest reply: Aug 24, 2010 8:23 AM by International-Angler
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I'm having trouble choosing a replacement hard drive for my early 2008 iMac 3.06ghz w/4gb RAM. The original 500gb 7200rpm drive died after 18 months of light use.

My authorized Apple service provider wants to replace it with a new WD Caviar Green 1TB 64mb cache that only runs at 5400rpm, and they strongly recommends against upgrading to a Caviar Black 7200rpm since they tend to run hot even in less restrictive desktops and enclosures.

I do quite a bit of photo editing and don't want to suffer a major performance hit in latency and access times by "downgrading" to the Caviar Green. But other than spending big bucks on an SSD, I don't know if I have any other options with another brand.

So I'd greatly appreciate any tips or thoughts on my dilemma. Has anyone upgraded their 2007-2009 aluminum iMacs to a new hard drive and what was your experience? Should I play it safe with the Caviar Green, or roll the dice with a Caviar Black, accepting the fact that I might suffer an early hard drive death?

Thanks in advance for your help!

iMac 24" 3.06 (2008), Mac OS X (10.5.7)