Install Seagate Momentus XT in iMac (late 2009)
I am considering to exchange my current drive with the Seagate Momentus XT in my iMac (late 2009). I think it is a very nice trade off between performance vs. storage vs. price.
My question is does it fit? Especially considering temperature aspects.
Comments are highly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
The Seagate Momentus XT drive is only a 2.5" where as your current drive is a 3.5". So as to fit you'll need to get a conversion rail set. Frankly, I would go with a high RPM 3.5" drive instead if you need to do this now. Otherwise I would wait a bit.
There are some newer hybrid drives coming (even a full 3.5" version) in the next few months that you may find better.
Here's the replacement drives for the Momentus XT Seagate announced new line up of Seagate SSHD drives
In my opinion I would put a Western Digital Raptor in it if you are looking for performance on a budget. Another opinion is that I see hybrid drives failing more than the raptors is why I suggest that. If you have the money buy a SSD (Samsung and OCZ are the higher end ones) and the bracket to fix a 2.5" into a 3.5" slot like Dan stated above to make it fit that would be an amazing upgrade for your system. Best of luck!