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Titus213
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Dec 30, 2010 15:17 |  #31

Moppie wrote in post #11533200 (external link)
Except when the HDD crashes :p

This is why I don't have an iMac.
Instead I have a proper desk top with multiple HDD's.

I have two holding my photos, a primary and copy.
If the primary fails I simply start using the copy and lose nothing, then replace the failed drive and use that as a copy after doing a back up.
If the drive with my OS on it fails I simply plug in an older smaller drive that already has a simple system install on it, and away I go again.
If something major fails, I simply take out one of my photo drives (or one of my externals) and plug it into my GF's computer, and away I go again.
Down time would be measured in minutes, not days :cool:


Of course if your running proper external back ups, and you can live with the down time, then it's not as much of a problem.

I just upgraded to an iMac i7 27" and this is exactly my concern. My PC has 3 drives in it and an external attached which is easy enough to somewhat duplicate with the iMac. But that internal system drive is something I don't think I can change myself. And I don't even mind the downtime. What I don't like is having to PAY someone else to replace an HD.

Maybe I'll get that 3 year extended warranty.....


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Dec 31, 2010 08:34 |  #32

Titus213 wrote in post #11542837 (external link)
I just upgraded to an iMac i7 27" and this is exactly my concern. My PC has 3 drives in it and an external attached which is easy enough to somewhat duplicate with the iMac. But that internal system drive is something I don't think I can change myself. And I don't even mind the downtime. What I don't like is having to PAY someone else to replace an HD.

Maybe I'll get that 3 year extended warranty.....

AppleCare is worth every penny there customer service has been top notch for me so far. If you look on ifixit it's not hugely difficult to change the hard drive you just need some brass balls an patience. If it fails in it's first year it will be replaced for free anyway.


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Dec 31, 2010 10:09 |  #33

I never tell people to get an extended warranty for anything. The exception is for Apple. Their Applecare service is outstanding. I had it on my Macbook Pro and I got one for my 4 day old iMac (thank you, thank you). On my Macbook Pro, the optical drive was acting funny. The swapped it out with no charge. That's the only thing that went wrong in that product, but I know people who have received new batteries, new motherboards, new hard drives, fixed screens at no charge, repaired on site and usually done within 24 hours. 3 years coverage is a long time to be covered for failing parts and it's worth every penny.


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Dec 31, 2010 17:50 |  #34

27" iMac. External 30" Apple Cinema Display. Both calibrated. For viewing the iMac glossy screen is beautiful. The 30" cinema display is better for preparing to print, as it looks truer to what you get.


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Jan 10, 2012 11:55 |  #35

Hi Titus:

I know this is an old thread, but I hope you will respond. Last week I switched from PC to an iMac i7 27" I don' want to put my photos on the internal HD. Would you please suggest an external HD that I can use.
Thank you.


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Jan 10, 2012 13:04 |  #36

Here's what I recommend:

http://eshop.macsales.​com …eAL/eSATA_FW800​_FW400_USB (external link)

Nice build, quiet, great support and FW800.


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Jan 11, 2012 22:05 |  #37

Thank you Tony, I will check it out.


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