MOVED [GB]: Help (changing my iMac hard drive)
November 6, 2002 11:45PM
Current Mac Hardware
edited January 2014
I need to buy a new hard drive for my iMac bondi.
I believe the Bondi is ATA 66
Do I have to find an ATA 66 ot can I get any ATA drive? What if its Ultra? Please exaplin to me.
[ 11-07-2002: Message edited by: murbot ]</p>
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November 7, 2002 1:12AM
how about you explain to us why can you cannot put a descriptive heading on this thread. "Help" ? WTF?
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[ 11-07-2002: Message edited by: FlashGordon ]</p>
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November 7, 2002 7:50AM
I believe all recent Macs use Ultra ATA drives. Ultra reflects the fact that data is transferred on both the positive and negative transition of the signal, resulting in a signal's data carrying capacity being doubled for a given frequency. It's just a mechanism used to increase the data transfer rate.
An Ultra ATA 66 or 100 drive should work fine, as the faster drives are backward compatible, though a 100 drive will only run at 66 speeds in your iMac (the number just refers to the maximum burst transfer rate in MB/sec, the actual substained transfer rates are much lower anyway).
I believe the drive supplied in the iMac rotates at 5400 RPM. I guess you could replace it with a 7200 RPM drive, though this may generate more heat. Other than that, a standard 3.5 inch drive should be fine.
[ 11-07-2002: Message edited by: RodUK ]</p>