ibookg4 harddrive (8o gigs) makes strange sounds..

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by blue_monkey, Jan 3, 2005.

  1. blue_monkey macrumors member

    Dec 31, 2004

    I started my beloved ibookg4 1.2 ghz 5 minutes ago and when ever i move it the harddrive makes some strange noises. it sounds like the disks insinde the harddrivecase are moving.. at the moment everything still works fine. but this sound doesn't sound too good, especially since it wasn't there before.. anything i can or should do? i'm kinda disappointed right now..my ibook is only 1 and a half months old..

    any ideas?
  2. CaptainCaveMann macrumors 68000


    Oct 5, 2004
    Take it back to the store, or call apple :cool:
  3. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Immediately back everything up of value.

    Get an external HD, copy stuff onto another machine or burn your home folder onto anything you can...

    It may be a warning of impending drive failure:
    If that happens you won't get jack back, mac!

    (well not without spending a small fortune)

    On the other hand, it may be just a sound but why take any chances?
  4. blue_monkey thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 31, 2004
    i already backed up the most important things..i really don't wanna have a dead harddrive..

    but if i do..do i have to send the whole ibook back to apple? because i don't have the case my ibook came with anymore..that'd be a pain in the neck. i was so happy with it..damn! :(
  5. Daveway macrumors 68040


    Jul 10, 2004
    New Orleans / Lafayette, La
    This happened to my ipod but that was nearly a year ago and its still running great. Since it is a laptop I would call Apple immediately for a solution but since you haven't had a failure yet you may have a hard time replacing the hdd.
  6. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    If it's only a couple months old then it's still under guarantee.

    Get in touch with the people you bought it from asap.
    If it was me, I wouldn't mess round...
  7. blue_monkey thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 31, 2004
    yeah i guess they won't consider the noise as a failure..
    isn't there a hardware test from apple? is it for the harddrive too?
    i'll just call apple later and ask them..it's worth a try!
  8. Mertzen macrumors 6502


    Sep 25, 2004
    I am sure if the noise is out of the ordinary they will accept it as a case ..
  9. maya macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2004
    somewhere between here and there.
    Not sure if you have tried TTP (TechTool Pro), to check the status on S.M.A.R.T. status.

    I have a 60GB HDD , and my S.M.A.R.T. is working fine. :)

    In any case call Apple since you have 90 days telephone support and 1 year hardware warranty. :)

    Hope you get the matter resolved. :)
  10. Converted2Truth macrumors 6502a


    Feb 6, 2004
    my powerbook would make ticking/knocking noises on occasion. never turned out to be anything. Had the laptop for 2 years. It could have been the optical drive too... some component.. but i never knew. it always worked just fine.
  11. blue_monkey thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 31, 2004
    alrite...i just started it again and it doesn't make any noises anymore. weird! well i just gotta wait and see if it's gonna occur a second time..

    all data is backed up so i don't have to worry about that.

  12. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    Disk Utility does this, too.

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