are these noises death throes??

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by hyperbolical, Sep 24, 2006.

  1. hyperbolical macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2005
    my 17" powerbook G4 is 3 years old. It has until now been a great laptop, no worries. This morning it woke me up with the worst noise from, apparently, the hard drive. The noise was a loud, almost grating sound, as if the drive were rubbing on something as it went around. I put the laptop to sleep (it should have been to sleep automatically). Later it wouldn't wake up. I tried a number of things (Apple Hardware Test gave me the 'invalid memory access" message, i started it up from the install CD and then it seemed to be operating again so i repaired the disk--it said that reserved fields in the catalog record had incorrect data' and that there was an invalid leaf count. repaired both things.) I made a clone of the hard drive so i have a backup. But it is still making noises...sometimes sounds like a guitar string twanging or a digeradoo. the sound swoops low as if the disk is slowing way down or skipping. sometimes i get the spinning candy. it goes quiet and then gets very loud. it is very erratic.

    am i in a death watch? is there anything else i can do besides watch it die?

    I was in paris about a month ago on vacation and my travelling companion knocked the laptop off a chair and dented the titanium casing in a few places but it has been fine since then--until now-- operationally. any advice?
  2. Shadow macrumors 68000


    Feb 17, 2006
    Keele, United Kingdom
    Not good. I'd try fscking it, and if still bad seek out a replacement.
  3. hyperbolical thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2005
  4. Mernak macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2006
    Kirkland, WA
    fsck is a UNIX command to verify hard drive integrity. Disk Utilty uses the same command (I believe) in Disk Utility to "Verify Disk", I would recommend using it instead. In order to actually repair disk you need to boot it from the CD and run disk utility.

    EDIT: just noticed you have already run Disk Utility, mabye its the fan or something else. It should be covered under applecare if it hasn't already expired, if it isn't you could still most likely ebay it mentioning the problems and get a decent amount of money for it.
  5. discounteggroll macrumors 6502


    Aug 6, 2006
    Greenwich, CT
    yeah, backup that sucker asap. it may be a matter of hours before it goes completely kaput. dont even shut the computer down/put it to sleep if possible.

    next an external HD, get an backup program, back the computer up and do a daily/weekly backup of your stuff for the future
  6. ripfrankwhite macrumors regular


    Dec 13, 2005
  7. hyperbolical thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2005
    backed up just in time

    you guys were right...hard drive thrashed then quit last night about an hour after i backed it up on an external hard drive...

    it seems to awaken now occasionally but i have to start up from the external.

    thank god i have that!

    now the question is, is it expensive to replace the HD? i've heard of some people doing it themselves with a HD bought from newegg...does this make any sense?

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