mid-2010 iMac 27" hard drive replacement

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  1. Kaitlin

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    Hello all,

    My 1TB hard drive recently decided it's had its final day (for mid-2010 iMac 27" display). Since it is out of warranty, I took it to my nearest Apple Authorized Service Provider where they charged me $50 to tell me that yes, indeed my hard drive was dead.

    I decided instead of paying all the labor fees etc. that I would do it myself.


    This is a multi-part question:

    1- I just want another 1TB hard drive that is similar to what the stock one is. I'm mainly designing and not a gamer. Is buying a refurbished drive ok to do and what's a recommended model? I was looking here for one: https://www.serversupply.com/HARD DRIVES/SATA-II/1TB-7200RPM/

    2- Do I need a thermal sensor in addition to the hdd?
    I've read that the stock apple drives have an internal thermal sensor and all 3rd party drives need a separate part or else the fan will continuously run (seen here): https://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/DIDIMACHDD09/

    3- I've also heard there are certain iMac models that are trickier than others to do the install. Does anyone know if the mid-2010 is one of those?

    I realize this is a lot of questions! Is it worth the trouble to just suck it up and pay to have a service provider do it? I've chatted with Apple support multiple times asking for help and all they want to do it just point me to where the nearest service providers are. I can not get any help they just send me in circles or avoid answering questions since my computer is an older model.

    Any and all help appreciated. Been down the internet rabbit hole trying to figure this out.
    Thanks!
     
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    OK, a couple of things.

    First, you should be able to find a new 1 TB, 7200 rpm hard drive. When I was using HDDs, I always had the best success with ones made by Seagate. I suspect they will be about $50 to $60.

    Secondly, is this your iMac?

    http://www.everymac.com/systems/app...e-i5-2.8-27-inch-aluminum-mid-2010-specs.html

    Third, assuming that is your machine, here are detailed instructions about5 installing anew drive:

    https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iMac+Intel+27-Inch+EMC+2390+Hard+Drive+Replacement/8919

    There is no mention of a thermal sensor, but apparently you'll need a Universal Drive Adapter.

    How do you plan of getting that new drive ready to use in your iMac? Hope fully you have a recent backup.
     
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    Cory Cooper Moderator

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    Hello and welcome.

    I wouldn't recommend trying the hard drive replacement repair yourself. It isn't a super difficult repair, but internal components can easily be damaged if you don't have any experience. Most Apple Authorized Service Providers can do that replacement quickly and reasonably inexpensively.

    If you let us know the closest big city you live near, we can provide some service providers that you can call.

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    Thanks, Cory, for that. Yeah, iMacs are definitely a challenge to try and repair.
     
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