Hard drive Question

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by GiantsFan, Jan 7, 2006.

  1. GiantsFan macrumors member

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    I'm running a 1.33Ghz 12" powerbook. The past few days, my harddrive has been "whirring"/spinning kinda loud. When I have my powerbook in my lap and its a little bit inclined, it makes the sound. When I brought it out of sleep mode earlier, it made the whirring sound really loudly (it was flat on a flat surface). SMART status says its verifed, i verified the HD with Disk Utility. could my HD be dying or is it maybe just some connector got loose inside?
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Whirring is generally a friendly noise, it's the clicking you have to worry about. Run fsck if you're feeling bored but unless you're experiencing any erratic system behaviour, I wouldn't worry too much about it. Of course, as with any computer (especially laptops), keep it backed up. :)
     
  3. GiantsFan thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks. I know clicking is bad, but the whirring was scaring me because it wouldn't/couldn't read my mp3 off the HD (i had it on playing in itunes) when my laptop was inclined until I leveled out my laptop. weird.
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    That is weird. It's never good to move a spinning hard drive in that way though, perhaps it was just struggle with centripetal force or something. If things keep playing up, then definitely run fsck. :)
     
  5. Rocksaurus macrumors 6502a

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    Go to disk utility and check the S.M.A.R.T. Status. If it's not "Verified" you should probably back up everything ASAP.
     
  6. GiantsFan thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, its verified.

    Its acting up again. now its worse. It vibrates my powerbook and nothing responds (i can move mouse cursor around but can't click anything). any thoughts? some friends say i should just replace the HD.
     
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  8. GiantsFan thread starter macrumors member

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    fsck says HD fine, no repairs made.

    so, whats causing the vibrations and non-responsive laptop? even when the laptop is flat on a flat-surface
     
  9. Rocksaurus macrumors 6502a

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    Have you tried wiping it clean and reinstalling OS X? Pretty much a last resort, but often fixes the problem.
     

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