2012/2013 27-inch iMac 3TB Drive Recalls

27-inch iMacApple have today announced a recall on a small number of 27-inch iMac’s with 3TB drives, purchased between December 2012 and September 2013. They have acknowledged a batch of 3TB hard drives used in a particular manufacturing cycle have been prone to failure. In light of this they have kicked off a replacement hard drive scheme. Apple will replace hard drives free of charge, should the iMac fall within the range of specific serial numbers.

If you think your iMac may be one of the affected ones, you can enter the serial number on this page on the Apple website.

Apple have confirmed they will continue to replace drives in affected models until December 19th 2015, or 3 years from the original purchase date of the iMac.

At this time there is nothing to suggest any other models or years of Apple products have been affected by similar drive failures.

…Just another reason to make sure you have a upto date backup, no matter how much you pay for your computer equipment, drives are prone to fail..

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OS X 10.9.3 is now available to download

Apple have just released the latest OS X Mavericks update.. OS X 10.9.3 is now available to download from the AppStore, alternatively use the following terminal command:

sudo softwareupdate -iva

The update addresses issues with 4K monitors on Mac Pro (Late 2013) and MacBook Pro with 15-inch Retina Display (Late 2013).

An update to iTunes, which resolves some sporadic crashing when updating genius library info.

The ability to sync contacts and calendars between a Mac and iOS device using a USB connection

Improves the reliability of VPN connections using IPsec

Finally the update Includes Safari 7.0.3

One small thing that people are noticing with the update, is that they’ve made a decision (rightly or wrongly) to hide the users folder from within the root directory.

This can easily be resolved with a simple terminal command – details of which can be found here

As with all these software releases, it’s best to perform a disk utility permissions repair before and after. It also goes without saying….. Ensure your TimeMachine backups are up to date before updating!

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