2011 iMac started grumbling

Discussion in 'iMac' started by techhead42, May 19, 2011.

  1. techhead42 macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2010
    I have had a perfectly quiet iMac for 3 days, until tonight. It's now got the dreaded grumbling hard drive, and boy it is annoying.
    Looks like a call to Applecare tomorrow, ******. I would have thought Apple would have sorted this problem out by now!!!!
  2. StevenPaulJobs macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
  3. MacHamster68, May 19, 2011
    Last edited: May 19, 2011

    MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    how should they sort that out ? apple is not making the HDD's , they only buy them from the cheapest source they can possibly find and where they get the biggest discounts..and that the HDD is fitted in a unibody enclosure (called iMac) thats out of metal and in ear hight does not really help keeping the HDD
    quiet and spotlight is indexing every day a bit more which doesn't help either
  4. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Fella's got a point. Spotlight loves a little chow down, now and then. Especially later on. I like to do a OS reinstall every 6 months or so, keeps it ticking over a little more neatly.
  5. applefan289 macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    Mine has it too (late '09 Core 2 Duo iMac). I just ignore it. The performance is fine. It really sucks though that Apple has not addressed that issue. I guess they'll address it in the next refresh, which will be a redesign. By then, we'll probably have SSDs standard.
  6. TheUndertow macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2011
    I'd be curious if the SSD + HD combo would help by hitting the mechanical drive less often.
  7. SkippyScud macrumors member

    May 10, 2011
    Mines on a glass table top with metal frame legs. Trust me, you got nothing on mine when it gets hungry and 'grumbles'
  8. techhead42 thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2010
    Just an update.
    I rang Applecare this morning and they will be sending me out a new iMac to replace my grumbling hard drive and hair under the glass iMac. They are also allowing me to hold onto my Imac until the new one arrives.
    Although the outcome is uncertain until I assess the condition of the new one, I am extremely happy with the way Apple has handled this matter. I'll update with the results.
  9. tsugaru macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2003
    See if this temporarily resolves it.

    Lift up your iMac (gently) while it is running (I stress gently.)

    If the noise goes away, something is afoot inside the machine.

    Glad Apple is replacing it for you.

    My iMac with the bum RAM slot had that happen as well. Hope the new one doesn't exhibit that.
  10. techhead42, May 19, 2011
    Last edited: May 20, 2011

    techhead42 thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2010
    I tried as you suggested by no change. I have read a lot about this 'grumbling HDD' in the 2010 model.
    My iMac was completely silent at the beginning, it only became noisy yesterday. I have no idea why apart from the fact I was moving a large file (15GB) and it was noisy after that. That was the hardest I'd pushed the iMac since I'd had it. Maybe that had something to do with it, I have no idea.

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