2 Replies Latest reply: Feb 16, 2013 5:00 PM by CCIESRI
CCIESRI Level 1 (0 points)



I have an Apple iMac 2011 Model with i5 Processor, 1TB HDD and 8G DRAM which I am using for my Home Music Studio. I am running short of space as I use lot of Samples and VSTs and hence thought of upgrading the HDD to Seagate Barracuda 7200 3 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST3000DM001. Kindly confirm if this works with the iMac 2011 Model.



Logic Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • Matt Clifton Level 7 (29,855 points)

    If the computer is still under AppleCare, I'd advise against it. Better to find an external solution.


    Built-in drives on those iMacs have specialized firmware which controls the fan speeds. When you replace with a different drive, two things happen: the fans will rev up to full speeds at all times, and the drive will fail the Apple Hardware Test should you ever run that.


    The fan issue can be solved with HDD Fan Control:




    So the answer is yes, with warnings.



  • CCIESRI Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Matt. Let me try replacing the Drive and use the HDD Fan Control Application.