About to toss My 12" powerbook out the window!

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  1. dan-o-mac macrumors 6502a

    dan-o-mac

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    Someone please help me before I toss this thing! It's been freezing for no reason lately. Everytime I try to tranfer a file from my ipod or firewire drive I get a beachball that doesn't stop. I just tried to close a window and got a beachball. The drive has been making weird noises(popping/clicking/grinding) lately could that be the problem? I just did a clean install and still having problems.
     
  2. eva01 macrumors 601

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    Have you tried to repair disk from the install DVD?

    Your HD sounds to me like it is failing
     
  3. dan-o-mac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the quick reply. I'm going to try your suggestion now.
     
  4. eva01 macrumors 601

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    If that doesn't work it is time to use your applecare and get a new HD in that baby
     
  5. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Or, you can give me your PowerBook- I will be glad to take it off of your hands, rather than just let you toss it out the window. ;) :D
     
  6. dan-o-mac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well I just turned on my book and heard a long grinding sound followed by a beachball? dmw007 I just might take you up on that offer, this thing is stressing me out!!!:eek: :D
     
  7. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Always glad to be of service my friend! ;) :D
     
  8. Lau Guest

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    Sorry to say it, dan-o-mac, but that's definitely a dying hard drive. Same thing happened to me. It sucked.
     
  9. dan-o-mac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Oh well, it could be worse. So where's the best place to get a new drive? Is it an easy install or should I go to a pro?
     
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    Do you have AppleCare? If so just take it to Apple.
     
  13. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Which is probably the best course of action for the OP to take.
     
  14. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

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    Toss the laptop to me, I need another laptop for college.

    I seen this problem before. If you can, get a firewire hard drive and see if it does the same thing or get someone {mac} laptop, boot into firewire target disk drive and boot from their hard drive.
     
  15. Maxiseller macrumors 6502a

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    Out of interest, can the OP use any SATA 2.5 inch drive, or is OSX a little fussy which drives it uses?
     
  16. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Since it is a PowerBook G4, it needs to use a ATA not a SATA HDD.
    Apple only started using SATA HDDs in their laptops when they released the MacBook Pro.
     
  17. Maxiseller macrumors 6502a

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    A right...so can he use any brand and any make? I remember when I upgraded my emac's CD Burner, i could only use a specific model from OWC...I just wondered if Hard Drives were the same, or if they are entirely free from the "mac specialist" situation?
     
  18. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Re: About to toss My 12" powerbook out the window!

    May I suggest filming this destruction, or letting David Letterman toss it off the roof for you.

    The drive is dead/dying you might as well throw it all away.
     
  19. dan-o-mac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    First of all thanks for all your help. You guys rock!

    MacBoyX- I purchased the powerbook used, I'm not sure if I have applecare. How do I go about checking?

    dmw007- Thanks for the links. I'm going to purchase this Samsung 120GB Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822152032

    xparaparafreakx- You say you've seen this problem before, is it indeed a drive problem? I do have a firewire drive but have a bunch of files and no way of backing them up. Can I install os x without deleting these files? My girlfriend has an iBook, but i'm not sure how to boot into firewire target disk drive and boot from her hard drive.
     
  20. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    No problem, and that looks like a good HDD, although I would personally buy a 7,200 rpm one for the added performance. I am pretty sure that you can use any style/make of HDD- I don't think you must buy one that is "Apple Certified". But I could be wrong.....
     
  21. dan-o-mac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah I'm still on the fence as far as a faster drive. I might do a 7,200 rpm 100GB
     
  22. MoparShaha macrumors 68000

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    I don't think you can get a 7200 RPM 120 GB drive. I just purchased a 160 GB drive from Newegg for my 12" PB. I installed it last night without a hitch. Follow the instructions at http://www.pbfixit.com. Easy! :)
     
  23. imacintel macrumors 68000

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    And I will catch it, fix it, and throw it back with a note saying:D:
     

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  24. dan-o-mac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah I noticed that, check the post above yours.:D Thanks for the fixit link, I can't wait to get to work!
     
  25. dan-o-mac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Your the man imacintel! Hopefully your around and not dmw007 if I toss it, he called dibs. :D
     

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