Replacing harddrives in 2011 iMacs?
I remember reading on here or somewhere with the newer, i think 2011 and up iMacs, that Apple put in some tricks so that you cant put in a 3rd party hdd and the mac refuses to boot if you try.
Whatever happen to that? did someone get around it? could i buy a 2011 imac and swap out harddrives now?
Heres the deal: The hard drives that apple has for these iMacs have built-in temperature sensors. You can use a non-apple hard drive but the temperature sensor will not be read and consequently the hard drive fan, inside the imac, will run at full speed. The solution is to buy an apple hard drive that is for your imac, the downside is that they are more expensive. Apple has made it so that only the hard drives that they sell work correctly. As I said though the only issue that comes with using a non-apple hard drive is that your hard drive fan will spin at full speed, which can become annoying and likely will decrease the lifespan of the fan. Hope this helps!