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Apple has extended its 2011 iMac hard drive replacement scheme.

Originally pegged to all-in-one desktop maps purchased between May and July 2011, the programme now runs from October 2009 to July 2011. If you own a 21.5in or 27in iMac bought new during that period, you may qualify for a free hard drive replacement.

At issue are a series of Seagate 1TB HDDs which Apple subsequently discovered may fail.

Getting the hard drive out of recent iMacs is by no means easy - you have to take the screen off, for starters - so Apple or one of its Authorised Service Providers will have to perform the replacement for you.

The replacement scheme covers machines bought during the stated period but only for three years from the purchase date, or until 12 April 2013, whichever comes last. Apple has a webpage into which you can enter your machine’s serial number to see whether it qualifies for a drive replacement. ®

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