Apple quietly extends 1TB iMac Seagate replacement program

The window of affected iMacs also has been broadened to include any 1TB iMacs sold between October 2009 and July 2011

Apple has quietly extended its iMac 1TB Seagate Hard Drive Replacement Program through April 12, 2013. Last year, Apple acknowledged that certain Seagate drives in 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs could fail, for 1TB models sold between May 2011 and July 2011.

Now, however, Apple is broadening the window of affected iMacs: Any 1TB iMacs sold between October 2009 and July 2011 could be affected, the company says. The Replacement Program was due to conclude back in July of this year, but Apple has now extended the eligibility window for customers to obtain their free replacements until April 2013.

[ Managing backup infrastructure right is not so simple. InfoWorld's expert contributors show you how to get it right in this "Backup Infrastructure Deep Dive" PDF guide. ]

You can paste your iMac's serial number into a form on Apple's website to confirm whether your Mac is subject to the recall. Apple says it will perform the drive replacement free of charge for affected customers, and urges customers to take advantage of the offer "as soon as possible." Of course, you'll want to ensure your iMac's data is backed up first, since the fix involves replacing your existing hard drive.

If you already replaced your drive before learning it was eligible for Apple's Replacement Program, the company says you should contact Apple for a refund.

This story, "Apple quietly extends 1TB iMac Seagate replacement program" was originally published by Macworld.

From CIO: 8 Free Online Courses to Grow Your Tech Skills
Join the discussion
Be the first to comment on this article. Our Commenting Policies