Advice on replacing a 2007 iMac Aluminum Hard Drive
iMac Intel 2007 model
Im thinking about replacing the hard disk drive in my 20 inch 2007 aluminum Intel iMac
Over the last three years it has gotten heavy use from audio recording and audio processing and as a result has slowed down some. I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on what a good model hard disk would be to get for the job. I'll most likely go for 1TB to 2TB.
Iv done some research and have seen guides on how to do this and have been told that i need a 3.5 inch drive to fit properly, if any one could confirm this i would be thankful.
Also could anyone suggest other components that may need maintenance or replacing (based on possible reputations for failing) as id be happy to do this all at once to prolong the life of my Imac
Thanks in advance for any help (also im not hugely familiar with this site so if this is the wrong place to ask this question or is bad user etiquette I apologize in advance as well)
I've changed your machine selection to the most likely machine. Check on the bottom of your stand to insure it's correct. Here's how to do it: iMac Intel 20" EMC 2133 and 2210 Hard Drive Replacement
As for the drive, with heavy recording use I would go with a high end drive meant for heavy usage such as this 600 GB Raptor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...
Of course you can use any standard 3.5" SATA hard drive but will have greatly reduced performance. You can also go with one of the SSD drives: http://eshop.macsales.com/search/ssd
I have used an external hard drive as the boot drive to gain capacity and speed. This was done using "Carbon Copy" cloning software. I needed more "room" to use my growing music and video database. If you want speed, use a SSD. Adding an external drive is much easier than ripping out the factory hard drive.