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Apple Removes Ability to Change Main HDD in New iMacs

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: 05:29PM

Apple has taken an interesting position in its upcoming iMacs that support Thunderbolt. Other World Computing, a third party hardware vendor for Apple products, has announced that the main hard drive cannot be changed, or even moved. The company did find that a second drive could be installed without issue. The problems with the main drive arise because Apple decided to swap out an industry standard connector for a proprietary connector. Also installed was a proprietary temperature and fan control system. Without these two components, the system will fail an Apple Hardware Test and won't function. The only drives that can be used as a main drive will be those available through Apple.

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ir_cow on May 13, 2011 08:34AM
just another way to make money and keep people customizing something that desperately needs it. bye bye computer repair, hello apple supp rt..
tazwegion on May 16, 2011 12:42AM
This reminds me of when Dell had non-industry-standard ATX power supplies that were incompatible with every other PC mainboard (altered wire connection locations). Abhorrent consumer orientated behaviour!

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