Clicking noise every minute from macbook

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  1. aureiden macrumors member

    aureiden

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    Not sure from where in my macbook it's coming, but it started recently. The only thing that changed recently is that i relocated it to a different city, but i don't see why that would cause this. Clicking isn't really the right word to describe the noise...it's like a sweeping click. "Shtock." And it gets louder if i increase the volume on my computer, but it's definitely not coming from any application. And it usually goes off every minute, but sometimes there are breaks of two minutes or so.

    Any input would be appreciated!

    Edit: Never mind, it doesn't get louder as i increase the volume. The volume of the noise seems to fluctuate on its own.
     
  2. sawmaster macrumors regular

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    same here! i got this clicky noise i think its comin' from my hard drive.

    i watched decunstruction on hard drives. yikes. the reader/writer head has only a cusion of air. this is caused by some air somwhere. if there was no air, it would crash lol. maybe the head is touching a part of the hard drive and messing that part up. i feel that it is the head because it only clicks when i move my macbook just slightly. the first time i heard it, i freaked out and copyed stuff over to my external hard drive. i hope you have a external hdd becuz that will be good just incase... because it sounds like your macbook is worse than mine. if u got leopard, and a external hdd, then ur good if u got time machine on. lol
     
  3. madog macrumors 65816

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    If you hear clicking coming from your drives, which that's most likely where the sound is coming from, then BACKUP YOUR DATA IMMEDIATELY! Good chance your drive is on its way to death.
     
  4. aureiden thread starter macrumors member

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    I did back up, but i don't hear it anymore. I hope it doesn't come back!
     
  5. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    You sure it aint just the heads parking, it is a portable you know
     
  6. aureiden thread starter macrumors member

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    Well, it never used to make that sound. And i use it as a desktop, so it is rarely moved, if that matters.
     
  7. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Yer it matters, the heads park to save damage if its dropped or moved suddenly,i'd do what others have suggested and buy a new drive. Just thought id throw that one out their as no one's mentioned it
     
  8. CubeHacker macrumors 65816

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    Is it a seagate drive? I've experienced similar things with that brand drive. Otherwise, it might be premature drive failure.
     
  9. aureiden thread starter macrumors member

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    It's the default drive that came with my mac, but could it be my external that's making the noise? I have an iomega.
     
  10. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Well, I know an easy way to find out. Turn the external off and unplug it from the computer. :rolleyes:
     
  11. aureiden thread starter macrumors member

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    Well, i know that; it's just that the clicking has stopped, so i can't tell (but that doesn't mean i'm not concerned).
     
  12. derasd macrumors newbie

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    Hi there,
    I've got the same problem here with my Macbook Pro 13". I bought it back in September 2009 and since then it's making this "clicking" noise. The clicks occur in gaps of one or two minutes and sometimes they aren't even there. It's quite annoying if there is no other sound in the room. The harddrive is the original one from Apple a FUJITSU MJA2500BH FFS G1 Media 500GB.
    Should I go to apple with this?
     
  13. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    As Neil321 pointed out, it could just be the sound of your drive heads parking. Does it click when you move it?
     
  14. derasd macrumors newbie

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    No I couldn't hear anything when I moved it fast. It's always on a table when it starts clicking.
     
  15. tomluther00 macrumors newbie

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    I can understand your situation but your hard disk needs extra diagnosis so what you have to do is to consult a data recovery company who are specialists in it. I also used the services from "Recovermypc" to recover my lost data because of hard drive crash.
    I haven’t seen any other sites that does that, was very valuable in my case.
     
  16. Laurencia7 macrumors 6502

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    HD clicking means your drive is dying, take it in to fix or warranty...or get a new HD.
     

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