If you recently purchased a new iMac, you may need to head back to the Apple Store. Apple has issued a recall for some potentially defective 1 TB Seagate hard drives that were installed in iMacs sold in May and June of this year.
The drives were used in both the 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs and “may fail under certain conditions.” If you think you might potentially have one of the affected computers, you can click here to enter your iMac’s serial number and determine if you’re one of the chosen few. The page also provides information on how to go about getting a replacement should your hard drive be one of those recalled.
Apple will be providing replacements for the affected hard drives free of charge until July 23, 2012, with extensions made to the program as needed.
Keep in mind that while Apple is replacing the hard drives, it can’t replace the data you may have store on your original drive. If you have an iMac sold during that time period (or frankly a computer in general), make sure you backup your data regularly on an external drive or with a cloud service, so in the event of hard drive failure you don’t lose everything you have stored on the computer.