Other World Computing is reporting that Apple has put a new temperature sensor, and custom 7-pin hard drive cable on the new iMacs. This means, without the proprietary firmware installed, and incompatible pins, the new iMac’s fans will spin up to full speed, and the drive will not pass Apple’s Hardware Test. Apple has never […]
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Hard Drives on New iMacs Can’t be Replaced

overview_hero4_20110119.pngOther World Computing is reporting that Apple has put a new temperature sensor, and custom 7-pin hard drive cable on the new iMacs. This means, without the proprietary firmware installed, and incompatible pins, the new iMac’s fans will spin up to full speed, and the drive will not pass Apple’s Hardware Test.

Apple has never really supported do-it-yourself upgrades in their machines, but if a customer elected to do so, they would have to now go through Apple, which is costlier, and options are limited. Plus, hard drives have a tendency to fail, so you would have to send the machine off to Apple for service.

I can’t tell if this is a nickel and dime grab from Apple, or they have a good reason, or if it’s simply deterrent for do-it-yourselfers. At any rate drives will fail, and someone will need to open their iMac and replace the drive. Disappointment will ensue.

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