View Full Version : Are these symptoms of a dying harddrive?

Jun 8, 2005, 05:39 AM
frequent and intermittent clicking
excessive beach balls
constant freezing
very sluggish performance

mad jew
Jun 8, 2005, 05:46 AM
You're fine for RAM at the moment? What's the machine, how old is the hard drive and how much RAM do you have? Is it a program specific? Is the hard drive clicking?

I hope your HD's fine because upgrading RAM is much cheaper. :)

Jun 8, 2005, 06:14 AM
In the past 2 years, I've lost 2 drives... both started with that Clicking noise! If I were you... save your data!

Jun 8, 2005, 06:56 AM
Doesn't sound that good mate. I have just gone through the HD dilemma myself. Disk utility did not report the fault when I ran a repair permissions sweep.

I was having the exact same probs as you were describing so if you can - I'd backup all your important stuff immediately.

I decided to download SMARTReporter (http://homepage.mac.com/julianmayer/). It informed me of the fault. Unfortunately it was too late to do anything as I was having the symptoms for about 2 days and the drive was cactus. :(

Good luck!


edit - SMARTReporter is installed on all my Mac's. I have configured it to check the drives every 300 mins so I will at least get some warning ;)

Jun 8, 2005, 07:15 AM
if you have a fairly newer machine and have over 512 RAM.

then yea it might be a good idea to back up right now

it might not have much time left. :rolleyes:

Jun 8, 2005, 08:15 AM
Loud clicking is always a bad sign, backup your data now and run a SMART tester, if it fails chuck the drive and get a new one. Nothing is worse then operating on a dying drive.

Jun 8, 2005, 01:21 PM
its a 1ghz ibook with 384mb ram and 30gb hd. i know ram is on the low side but we never run intensive task on this computer, just safari and word. what other signs should i look out for which correlates to a dying harddrive?