Both Hard drives failing on Power mac G4 MDD

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by mskemp, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. mskemp macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2012
    I have this Power mac G4 MDD (I think it's 867ghz) with 2 hard drives (60GB and 40GB). About a year ago the machine started making a constant clicking noise like a very loud clock. Recently I noticed my 40GB drive was not on the desktop, couldn't be found in any search and couldn't be retrieved with any apps I tried. I did some searching online and found a SMART utility and tested the remaining 60GB drive and it is reportedly FAILING.

    My question is, would replacing the hard drive(s) with a working hard drive make this a viable machine? Is the clicking noise related to the failing hard drives or is it a completely different issue -- motherboard, etc.?

  2. BigDukeSix macrumors 6502a


    Sep 22, 2010
    34.6700N 118.1590W
    Yup, sounds like one failed and one failing hard drive. Is the one that completely failed your primary or your secondary drive, or were they both backed up to each other? A new HDD should fix you right up.

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