Are these symptoms of a dying harddrive?

slipper

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  • frequent and intermittent clicking
  • excessive beach balls
  • constant freezing
  • very sluggish performance
 

mad jew

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You're fine for RAM at the moment? What's the machine, how old is the hard drive and how much RAM do you have? Is it a program specific? Is the hard drive clicking?

I hope your HD's fine because upgrading RAM is much cheaper. :)
 

aussie_geek

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Doesn't sound that good mate. I have just gone through the HD dilemma myself. Disk utility did not report the fault when I ran a repair permissions sweep.

I was having the exact same probs as you were describing so if you can - I'd backup all your important stuff immediately.


I decided to download SMARTReporter. It informed me of the fault. Unfortunately it was too late to do anything as I was having the symptoms for about 2 days and the drive was cactus. :(

Good luck!


aussie_geek

edit - SMARTReporter is installed on all my Mac's. I have configured it to check the drives every 300 mins so I will at least get some warning ;)
 

buryyourbrideau

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if you have a fairly newer machine and have over 512 RAM.

then yea it might be a good idea to back up right now

it might not have much time left. :rolleyes:
 

slipper

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its a 1ghz ibook with 384mb ram and 30gb hd. i know ram is on the low side but we never run intensive task on this computer, just safari and word. what other signs should i look out for which correlates to a dying harddrive?