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For the main 3.5″ SATA hard drive bay in the new 2011 machines, Apple has altered the SATA power connector itself from a standard 4-wire power configuration to a 7-wire configuration. Hard drive temperature control is regulated by a combination of this cable and Apple proprietary firmware on the hard drive itself.
This is a rebuttal to the other thread that does nothing but bash apple, and establishes no reasons why. This is not a repost. The reason apple did this, was to most likely to prolong hard drive life, and to make the computer as thermally efficient as possible. As noted in the other thread, you cannot replace the main drive, not mentioned, however, iMac's do have a second drive bay which can have any standard 3.5" Hard Drive or SSD attached.

So please, this is a rebuttal to the biases engadget one. NO FLAMING.

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Interesting.
    
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Sorry, but this is still a repost with a different source. No sense in posting it again for all the kids to apple-bash.
 
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Sorry, but this is still a repost with a different source. No sense in posting it again for all the kids to apple-bash.
No, this is not a repost. The other article did not even mention or reference anything, this provides full information as well as possible reasons. The other thread should be closed in favor of this one.
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I don't really like this idea. iMac's have a wonderful form, but this new "feature" would stop me from buying one. I think I should be able to replace the drive with an SSD in a couple years if I need to.
And the thermal thing, the CPU/GPU create far more heat than the hard drive. Overall I think this is mainly so Apple can make more money selling upgrades, and most users won't know the difference
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I don't really like this idea. iMac's have a wonderful form, but this new "feature" would stop me from buying one. I think I should be able to replace the drive with an SSD in a couple years if I need to.
And the thermal thing, the CPU/GPU create far more heat than the hard drive. Overall I think this is mainly so Apple can make more money selling upgrades, and most users won't know the difference
You can. The iMac has 2 drive bays allowing for any non apple standard 3.5" SATA Hard Drive or SSD to be attached and made a primary drive if wanted.
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You can. The iMac has 2 drive bays allowing for any non apple standard 3.5" SATA Hard Drive or SSD to be attached and made a primary drive if wanted.
Yes, but that wouldn't be replacing it. I have 3 drives in this computer, I like having more than one. And in the future I see myself going 100% SSD when prices become more reasonable
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Yes, but that wouldn't be replacing it. I have 3 drives in this computer, I like having more than one. And in the future I see myself going 100% SSD when prices become more reasonable
For now, the only way to replace it is to buy an apple branded, WD Drive, but I can see apple hardware accessory companies making the hard drives as well.
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unnecessary change, imo, and this is coming from an Apple user. In the past they just had a stick on sensor that worked fine. Unless nooob apple techs were breaking those things left and right then there's no point.
 
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Yes, but that wouldn't be replacing it. I have 3 drives in this computer, I like having more than one. And in the future I see myself going 100% SSD when prices become more reasonable
Then Macs are not for you.

I used to have multiple drives in my PC as well but over time I switched to NAS. I keep next to nothing on any PC/Mac I own nowadays.
 
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