Why is the fan so loud?
The fan on my iMac Intel 27" is so loud and I wonder how to fix it
I wouldn't just drop lubricant on the fan. If the fan is clogged with dust or nicotine it will slow it down even more.
If you can access the fan use some 91% (or 91-99%, do not use anything with a lesser percentage as they can be conductive and if accidently dropped onto a system / logic board can cause electronic components to short out) Isopropral (rubbing / the white NOT green stuff) alcohol and a brush to clean away the dust and debris then add about 2 drops of 3 and one oil down in the center where it gets inside of the fan housing.
If it still makes noise, you probably have a bearing going out - these fans spin hundreds of revolutions per second and will simply wear out ... in this case, replace it, the fans only cost a few bucks.
If you changed the hard drive to one without Apples firmware, this can cause run away fan issues.
westly197 - Well, Yes & No here ...
From the '11 model forward Apple uses custom firmware within the HD to allow the internal thermal sensor (note: not all drives have this sensor) to be used as part of its SMC services which in turn controls the RPM's of the fan or fans of the system. If you try using an older non-compliant drive the fans will ramp up as SMC services will think the sensor within the HD is defective. Over time the fans will wear out and the system will be very noisy compared to what it should sound like. Heres a collection of good write-ups from OWC that describes the issue: Apple Further Restricts Upgrade Options on New iMacs and Apple’s iMac 2011 Model Hard Drive ‘Restrictions’ and iMac Hard Drive Upgradeability Expanded!
OWC created a special cable so people could put in noncompliant HD's into the '11 system '11 Upgrade kit at the same time Apple was also working with the JEDEC standards group which over see's the SMART HD standard. While it took quite a bit of time Apple was able to get the group to alter the standard so the thermal sensor with in the HD could be accessed in a common method and not interfere with the performance the the drive (which was why Apple needed to go with custom firmware at the beginning). Now HD's that comply with the updated standard no longer need the OWC cable and have the newer SMART services within their firmware.
If you look at the HD's package you should see an Apple logo on it which is the only clue that I know of. The reason you don't see anything other than that is the drive vendors still have a lot of noncompliant drives out there and they have also being going though a bit of a market collapse and contraction (being more focused on survival). I also suspect Apple may also be asking for a bit of money for the drives they certify as workable.
In the end you need to be smart shopper on what you buy.
Check if there are layers of dust on the blades or in the housing of the fans. Buy a can of pressured air and blow off the grit. Be careful to hold fragile components in place so they dont break, e.g. fan blades.
there is no temp sensor cable on 2011 27" iMac hard drive and I've replaced it with the 1 TB WD from my 2010 iMac and I'm sure that its the cpu fan not the hard drive fan that runs at full speed , I've installed windows 8 using bootcamp and when I run fan control software in windows it shows that the GPU temperature goes to 69 to 74 degrees I think that might be the problem
if you hold alt option key and keep viewing the boot screen even for a long time the fan works just normal but when it starts to boot to an OS (windows or OSX) it starts to work at full speed
In the iMacs I have worked on there is a temp sensor cable that runs from the hard drive to the logicboard. You are right that the hard drive itself does not have a fan but if the iMacs use a specific kind of hard drive and there is a thin cable that runs from the hard drive to the logicboard that is called a hard drive temp sensor cable. If that cable is missing it will cause the fan to run at high speeds. I learned about this while working at an apple store. Look it up.
I had the same problem when I swapped out the HD in my imac 27" mid-2011 with an SSD drive. I believe the fan began running full throttle because it did not know how to process the temperature readings of the new drive etc.
I searched online and came across this website - http://www.hddfancontrol.com
(Parenthetically- I am not that tech savvy but I do not recall seeing or detaching a temp sensor or wire)
I installed their program and have not had any problems since (it's been at least 6 months).
There is a cable coming from the motherboard to the back of the screen that splits in two to the left of the ribbon cable, I guess the ambiance thermal monitor is there, it is cover with some tape, if the top plug unplugs the fan goes full speed it is very easy to do by tilting the screen ,and not notice it, remove the tape very careful end re-plug the top plug and problem is solved.
Thank you Dan. I was going to purchase Apple brand harddrive used in 2013 Imacs. And then, I was going to install this hard drive in my 2011 Imac as a remedy. The harddrive you suggest, does it have to be a SSHD? Can I use regular SATA3 harddrive, as well?
I have this issue on my 27 inch 2011 iMac. First showed up after a trip overseas and it was well packed in an airport "rock band" style case. Apple store in Spain could not resolve it.
I've seen this problem before and it was because the hard drive was replaced with a different brand but the hard drive sensor cable was not changed. Different brands use different temp sensor cables. That might be the problem.
give it a good oiling with some grease ..don't use WD40 it good but lasts only a few days ..give it a good clean as well.