Clicking Noise on startup of iMac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tWoSour, Aug 14, 2010.

  1. tWoSour macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2007
    Got an original Intel Core Duo iMac. Last few days I've had trouble starting up the computer. When I hit the power button, I hear a weird clicking noise for a few seconds, then it sounds like the HD is powering down and then powering back up and the clicking noise again. If this goes on for ~30 seconds, a flashing folder with a ? shows up where the Apple logo should be. If that happens, I've powered it down and tried turning it on again. Seems to work, but this has me freaked out.

    Does this sound like the HD is dying? Also recently, my Superdrive is spitting back every blank DVD I put in there.
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Yeah, your HD is dying. Buy an external USB or FW drive and make a backup.
  3. tWoSour thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2007
    sucks, thats what I figured tho, thanks. Anyone got a clue how much Apple will charge for a new HD and Superdrive?

    I got a 1TB drive a few weeks ago, did Time Machine today when I got home form work

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