15" PowerBook HDD clicking

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  1. jbarley macrumors 68030

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    Just noticed this starting this evening, 1 single click every few seconds.
    Guess I know what needs to be done, not looking forward to opening it up though.:(
     
  2. Gamer9430 macrumors 68020

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    If it's still working even though it's clicking, try to recover some data off of it first. Once it's opened, it's fate is sealed, it will be forever broken...
     
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  4. jbarley thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Probably should consider an SSD for the replacement, been reading here on the forum about using cheaper alternatives (mSata?).
    Anyone with experience care to help get me stated in the right direction?
    Maybe eBay links to the proper units...
     
  5. jbarley thread starter macrumors 68030

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  7. weckart macrumors 68040

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    Try to buy new unless you only plan for occasional use. TRIM won't work over IDE and newer drives have more aggressive garbage collection.
    Drives with more generous overprovisioning might be a better bet with older systems and OSes.
     
  8. jbarley thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Just an update to my 15" PowerBook HDD clicking issue.
    I managed to replace the drive before any data loss, even though the "clicking" was getting much worse.
    It now has an OWC Legacy SSD and is it ever a joy to use, fast, cool and quiet.
    The installation was interesting, what with bifocals and arthritic fingers, but I managed.
     

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