need to replace the failed Seagate hard drive.
I have a late 2009 27" iMac and need to replace the failed Seagate hard drive. I just skimmed through the web page you linked to and, if I understood correctly, the following is the suggested solution for my case:
"This is what led me to the discovery of an external thermal sensor cable that works with these two generations of iMacs. This cable is used on the LCD panel of the 27” 2009 and 2010 models, but has the same connector as the hard drive sensor cable and operates in the same range as the SMART disk does, so functions as a great alternative in these generations of 21.5” and 27” 09/10 machines. This allows one to replace the internal hard drive with any industry standard drive without any sensor problems. The part number is 593-1029. "
I'm already dreading the tedious process of replacing the drive and I want to do whatever possible to avoid any additional headaches. I don't have time for hard drive returns and repeated installations...
- Would it be safe to say that I can use this cable, along with iFixit's instructions, to safely replace my drive with "any" standard drive?
- How can I determine what drives are compatible, given that iFixit's linked article on this topic is over 2 years old? What brand/models would you recommend in a 1.5TB or 2TB capacity (with reliability as my main priority)?
Thanks in advance for your help.
Is this a good question?