Do iMacs alert you if your HDD is failing?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by bobright, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. bobright macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    I read some user who said his imac alerted him the hard drive was this true?

    I am coming over from windows and am thinking wow macs even alert you if your hard drive is crapping out.
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    By default, no they don't, but you can get a program called SMART Utility which is supposed to monitor the HDD status and warn you. However the S.M.A.R.T. technology isn't very robust and HDD's tend to fail more often than not where SMART will have never warned you.

    If your computer starts acting up and you're getting weird errors and/or you hear some grinding or unusual noise, then you will have a good idea the HDD is failing.

    I actually use a PC DOS-based program called Spinrite as a maintenance utility and data recovery utility on all my HDD's. You have to have an IBM-PC in order to use it though. You take the HDD out of the Mac and connect it to the IBM-PC and run the program. Below is my old MBP HDD in a Dell PC with Spinrite working on it.


  3. forty2j macrumors 68030


    Jul 11, 2008
    The spinning beach ball when you're trying to do something is probably the most reliable warning...
  4. AlligatorBloodz macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2010
    Mine did. A warning popped up while I was using it. I have no extra software installed. It also listed it as failing on Disk Utility. I was able to use it for a few days and back up all my info. I was even able to wipe the drive my formatting it. Once I did that it bought the farm. Maybe it depends on how the HDD is failing, if that makes any sense.
  5. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    this has happened to me with a few mac minis
  6. johto macrumors 6502


    Jan 15, 2008
    No it isnt. Hard disk can be slow even if its not going bad. beach ball can also be caused by clunky OS, bloated too old OS X gone bad / processes slowing your system down. If you have lot of beach balls, first thing is to do a clean system install and check again. EIther way you should always have a fresh backups done.

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