Apple Hampers Hard Drive Swapping

Posted by on May 12, 2011 at 12:33 pm

As you may or may not know, the iMac lineup has been re-released with better specs and newer hardware– which happens every year. So why are my panties in a bundle? Well if the headline didn’t tip you off, maybe the rest after the break will.

Just when you thought Apple couldn’t tighten their grip on product customization, they go ahead and squeeze some more. This time, they are forbidding anyone to change hard drives without their permission on the new iMac models. Apple has implemented a temperature sensor system that will only recognize hard drives given an O.K. by who else but themselves. I believe this is bad news bears for everyone involved. The days where you could purchase a really inexpensive 2TB HDD for your iMac from NewEgg are gone. Now you’ll have to set up an appointment at an Apple store, drag your entire computer there and pay to have them rape your computer and wallet with a subpar drive.

Apple takes user customization seriously.

What happens if you don’t go to Apple to replace your new iMac’s hard drive? For one, you’ll have a really expensive door stop– your computer will seize and will not work until an authorized drive is inserted.

If you’re a basic end user who doesn’t know how to extract hard drives, then this doesn’t matter to you. But limiting options will not bode well for the community who likes to keep their computer up and running for years to come, not to mention personalization. What about Apple Care? Let’s be honest, by the time you need to replace your hard drive, that Apple Care you bought will probably be expired by then. It’s a real bummer that they took this route. On one hand it helps end user err. However it cripples personalization for those who have experience in customizing/upgrading computers.

It’s only a matter of time before Apple starts to use this technology with the rest of their computer line up.


What do you think they’ll restrict next? My money’s on RAM.

Source: MacRumors

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  • Anonymous

    The PS3 works the same way with hard drives. Your PS3 dies, you’ve lost all the data on there unless you send it off to Sony.

    Mac RAM used to be crazy expensive before they switched to Intel architecture.

  •  Crime scene.

  • Johnny

     Apple is proof that even Communism can be desirable with the right marketing.