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Old Nov 16th, 2015, 06:52 AM   #21
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I have the same machine, except mine is 3.0 GHz Core 2 Duo with 8GB of ram, running Mac OS X Yosemite, recently my HD crapped out on me and what I ended up doing was putting an SSD in place of the optical drive and upgrading the 1TB to a 2TB drive in the drive bay....I love the response i get from opening up apps and the reboot.
so I would recommend getting an SSD drive and use that to boot from.
Now I just have to get the same amount of ram as you.
The CPU is strong enough. My advice is to extend RM to 16G and replace the HD with a brand new SSD, which will definitely boots the performance. No need to buy a new one if everything is ok except lag.

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Old Nov 18th, 2015, 12:11 PM   #22
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The CPU is strong enough. My advice is to extend RM to 16G and replace the HD with a brand new SSD, which will definitely boots the performance. No need to buy a new one if everything is ok except lag.
I agree. An SSD will make a HUGE improvement. When I sit at a mac running a regular hard drive, it feels so ancient and slow now in comparison.
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Not every old model of Mac is well worth the investment in upgrading -- my 2009 MBP wasn't because of graphics card limitations. However, if graphics aren't a high priority, the RAM/SSD upgrades can certainly inject a lot of new life into older machines. I was going to give my 2007 BlackBook to a writer friend once I upgraded the drive to an SSD, but she went and bought herself a newer MacBook Air, so she's all good.
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Personally, I wouldn't upgrade any Mac entering vintage stage - unsupported by Apple, and service/replacement parts no longer available. The 2009 era iMac officially becomes vintage Nov 30th.
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Old Nov 29th, 2015, 01:44 PM   #25
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Personally, I wouldn't upgrade any Mac entering vintage stage - unsupported by Apple, and service/replacement parts no longer available. The 2009 era iMac officially becomes vintage Nov 30th.

Holy crap. That means my 2006 era iMac is officially antique. And yet I still use it everyday.


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Old Nov 29th, 2015, 03:00 PM   #26
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Holy crap. That means my 2006 era iMac is officially antique. And yet I still use it everyday.

Yup, you and a lot of us users now have to take the brunt off Apple's more ruthless description in that they used to label older devices as "vintage or legacy", now they get a bit nastier and brutal and label them as "Vintage and obsolete products".

Obsolete!!! Gheese!!! Give me a break…!!!
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201624

Sure seems odd especially when I look around our computer room and see a 2007 24" iMac and a 2007 15" MBPro, both working very well thanks Apple!!

As does my friends vintage Shelby Cobra — and VERY well I might add!!!
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Old Nov 29th, 2015, 09:42 PM   #27
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Same here. As you all know my internet & daily writing & experimenting workhorse is a 2006 1.83 GHz Core Mono MacBook running Snow Leopard. This way I don't incur malware on my MacBook Pro, which is meant for heavy AV lifting. And if I get malware onto the MB, there's always Time Machine.
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Old Jan 27th, 2016, 02:17 PM   #28
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Ready to finally move forward on this upgrade. I picked up a 250GB Samsung EVO SSD after Christmas. Plan is to take the iMac in to a local Apple Authorized shop to install the SSD in place of the dead Optical Drive. My 1 TB Seagate Barracuda HD (that Apple replaced in late 2012 under warranty) is throwing off a high-pitched whine, so I will swap that out for a new 2or 3 TB hard drive to hold data files etc. Any recommendations for a replacement HD that will play nice with the temp sensor that I read about? I've had great luck with WD drives. Thinking a 7200 rpm drive is required?
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Old Jan 27th, 2016, 03:55 PM   #29
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I've always preferred and had good luck with the WD Black 7200RPM Drives. Fast, cool, quiet and are basically enterprise type HDDs and come with a 5 year warranty, at least the last time I checked and bought one.

I'm not sure if your iMac model has a special HDD temp sensor/connector, but there's always Macs Fan Control which I use regardless and provides a better temp control that I prefer.



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I believe your iMac is a late 2009 model, so it looks like you're affected like me and my 2011 27" iMac needing a cable temp adapter with a "non-Apple-standard" HDD:

OWC In-Line Digital Thermal Sensor Solves iMac Hard Drive Compatibility Issue | Other World Computing Blog

OWC In-Line Digital Thermal Sensor Now Available for 2009-Present iMac Hard Drive Upgrade – Compatible with Capacities up to 6TB! | Other World Computing Blog
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Thanks pm-r. I think it was a WD drive that initially came with my iMac. Wonder if there is a series of WD drives that has the connector for the special temp sensor that Apple uses.
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