Drive goes beep beep...

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by zim, Sep 30, 2004.

  1. zim macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2002
    I have an old Maxtor drive, nothing on it other then non important backup stuff.

    Here is the issue...
    The drive sometimes seems to struggle when waking up, I will hear it rev up then nothing then rev up then usually a beep beep, loud beep beep noise.

    Suggestions as to what should I do? Sometimes it does not do it and Often times it does eventually wake up and runs just fine but it has been like this for a long time.

    So the debate is this... do I trash the drive? or just keep using it?

    If I do trash the drive, is there a proper way to dispose of a hard drive, I know that I should wipe it clean.
  2. brap macrumors 68000

    May 10, 2004
    I have an old IBM which has done this since the day I got it, 3 years ago. I just don't store anything really important on it, it's been fine as a scratch drive.
  3. zim thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2002
    Basically, that is what I am using if for as well, additional scratch drive for photoshop and random junk.

    I hate throwing out equipment, the drive has never had a failure, so I guess I should not have complained.
  4. Jimong5 macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2002
    I have a 2 year old IBM too that does a "beep (read head clicks) beep" since the day I got it.
  5. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    I have a hard drive that says "yoo hoo" every ten minutes. I kind of like it.
  6. jabbawok macrumors regular


    Sep 30, 2004
    If you have somone with a nasty PC you can get them to download "Powermax" off maxtors website which is a bootable floppy with diagnostic tools on it.
    It also has a low level format utility which is the next best thing to a steam-roller for getting rid of any data. I have had hard drives take motherboards with them when they die (once or twice) so if I were you I'd loose it. Treat yourself to a new drive, theyre so cheap now. :)

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