Are these symptoms of a dying harddrive?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by slipper, Jun 8, 2005.

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    slipper

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    • frequent and intermittent clicking
    • excessive beach balls
    • constant freezing
    • very sluggish performance
     
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    mad jew

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    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. :)
     
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    apple_g5

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    Click-Killer

    In the past 2 years, I've lost 2 drives... both started with that Clicking noise! If I were you... save your data!
     
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    aussie_geek

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    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. 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!


    aussie_geek

    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 ;)
     
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    buryyourbrideau

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    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:
     
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    Macmaniac

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    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.
     
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    slipper

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    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?
     

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