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Hard Drive Whirring Sound in Powerbook...

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by acearchie, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. macrumors demi-god


    Ok so the hard drive is making this whirring noise that is starting to annoy me. It has litreally started today and I have had the powerbook for 3 years without fault.

    I know this sounds stupid but if I give it a firm tap the noise goes away sometimes for a few seconds sometimes for a few minutes.

    Has anyone else had this problem or knows how to get rid of it?

  2. macrumors 65816


    Not sure about the issue, but it may be good to back up now if you haven't yet.

    Just in case.
  3. macrumors demi-god


    Hmmm dont have the luxury of being able to do this now but ever since I have elevated the back about half an inch higher than the front for increased air flow the sound has completely stopped!
  4. macrumors 65816


    Sounds like your hard drive might be dying.
  5. macrumors demi-god


    Well it's time to make an investment into backing up!
  6. macrumors 6502


    i had the same problem, i came to the conclusion that it was dying...

    i ended up replaceing it with a newer samsung HDD, i highly suggest doing this, anything will be an improvement over the stock HDD and you can get a 120gb cheap on most websites
  7. macrumors demi-god


    any links? to tools needed and instructions? Would be helpful!

  8. macrumors regular

    Its not your hard drive, but an exhaust fan with failing bearings.
  9. macrumors demi-god


    Is there anyway I can check this? I dont mind opening it up since im well out of the warranty!

  10. macrumors regular

    Admittedly I know very little about the internals of the PowerBook. I would reccomend looking for a tutorial somewhere. Yiu may also want to check eBay for a replacement fan.

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