Apple has announced that it will replace 3TB hard drives in late 2012 27-inch iMacs sold between December 2012 and September 2013 that may fail under certain conditions. The replacement program is free through Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider.
The replacement program covers affected iMac models until Dec. 19, 2015, or three years from the affected iMac’s original date of sale, depending on which is longer.
Apple will be contacting affected iMac owners who provided a valid email address during the product registration to tell them about this program. Owners can also enter their serial number on the replacement program page to see if it’s part of the program. Apple also is advising that customers who paid to have their hard drive repaired contact the company for a refund.
And, of course, if you’re going to replace your drive you will want to make sure that you have a proper backup of your data.