Click, Click.....Click, Click (Replacement Here)

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  1. ncfuser macrumors regular

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    The sound my 4 day old iMac i7 makes right now.
    Went down last night.
    Now boots to the white screen making the click click sound.

    Folder with the ? just popped up.


    NICE!!!!!!!
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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  3. ncfuser thread starter macrumors regular

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    Tried booting from OSX disk holding down C.
    Nothing.
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Sounds like a failed hard drive. Because it's clicking, you can't fix it with software as it's mechanical failure. Contact Apple and get a replacement as it's only 4 days old
     
  5. ncfuser thread starter macrumors regular

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    It booted once from the HDD.
    Got it to restart from DVD.
    Disk Util does not see the HDD.
    Guess really can't blame Apple for this. They don't make HDD.
    But I am still pissed!!!!

    Going to have them ship me a new one. Don't want apple store playing with a 4 day old computer.
     
  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    ncfuser it's nice to see someone not blaming Apple, however, I do believe Apple will cover this since it's the HDD they use. Unless I'm mistaken.

    Did you have anything backed up?
     
  7. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Must be frustrating :( HDs usually fail within first days (manufacturing defect or smth like that) or after years of loyal service (all HDs have maximum amount you can overwrite data, when it fills, it fails).

    Hopefully the replacement will be flawless

    Apple has to. When you buy a computer from a manufacturer/store, they offer the warranty and repair service, not the manufacturer of certain component but if you buy a component, e.g. hard drive separately, the manufacturer offers the warranty, not the store (it can but they will just contact the manufacturer) or the manufacturer of the computer you put the disk in.

    Most components have 3-year warranty when bought separately but when you buy a "packet-PC" the warranty is usually 1-year like Apple's and there is no manufacturer warranty anymore. That's why many people likes to build their PCs themselves as it's cheaper and you get longer warranty

    Sorry for quite confusing post but congratulations of your new G3 title :cool:
     
  8. ncfuser thread starter macrumors regular

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    I got Time Machine set up the 1st night. So I have everything backed:)
    Never restored from a TM backup before. Hope that goes ok.
    I love Apple products, but man all the Apple haters at work are going to give it me this morning, after a Monday of me telling them all how bad a$$ this thing was:rolleyes:

    Now I must wait until 9am:mad:
     
  9. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Good news on the backup
    And yes, restoring from TM should be a painless process

    I know it is frustrating, but hopefully you will be up and running again soon
     
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    Migrating from a TM backup is VERY easy and painless. I did a clean install of 10.6 when it came and migrated from TM backup and EVERYTHING was EXACTLY the same as they were before, even all settings in all apps.
     
  11. nicroma macrumors 6502a

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    My HDD failed in my i7 too. It was a 1TB Seagate. I now have a 2TB Hitachi, which I hope isn't related to the past problems associated with Hitachi Deathstar drives.
     
  12. TheSandman2236 macrumors 6502

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    Which HDD was it -- the 1TB or 2TB?

    I'm buying my i7 iMac today online and I'm curious which one I should get. I've always had terrible luck with Hitachi drives. What do you guys think? Is it worth the upgrade? Or just do it later down the line.
     
  13. reebzor macrumors 6502a

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    Same thing happened to my Mini when I got it. Harddrive died after 4 days. I walked in, they asked me if I had my stuff backed up, I said yes, the guy walked into the back and came out with a brand new in box mini and gave it to me. I was in there for about 15min.
     
  14. ncfuser thread starter macrumors regular

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    It was the 1TB.
    I have never had a HDD fail, my first one.
    O Well.
    Apple is making the replacement now. Its on rush. Old one already with FedEx.
    I am hoping for a Friday/Saturday delivery, but not holding my breath.
    This one had a good screen, and everything else seemed ok.
    Hope I don't get a new one with more problems.
     
  15. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    I would have seriously just had mine repaired. It takes about 20 minutes for an Apple tech to swap out the hard drive, and then you wouldn't have to worry about having any different issues.
     
  16. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040

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    You mean while at the Apple Store?
     
  17. Hellhammer Moderator

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    It can take up to days, even weeks if they are fully booked.
     
  18. ncfuser thread starter macrumors regular

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    Got my week 10 replacement yesterday.
    Restored from TM last night. Only issue after was with Cisco VPN, reinstall fixed that.
    Again, I don't see any yellow. If I move my head at different viewing angles, it looks a little darker, but not yellow. No dead pixels in screen or iSight. HDD sounds fine. I can hear it only when writing to it when there is no other sound in the house.
    Did the little fix to make it boot quicker by re-selecting the HDD for the bootup disk. Boots in like 15 -20 secs now.

    So I got another good one. Lets hope this HDD doesn't fail.
     
  19. Hellhammer Moderator

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    The chance that it fails within first days is smaller than winning in the lottery so don't worry
     
  20. ncfuser thread starter macrumors regular

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    Going to go buy a lottery ticket:)
     

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