Failing hard drive.. unfailed?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by macbooked, Mar 11, 2010.

  1. macbooked macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2009
    the other week my mid 2009 2.66 mbp (refurbished) would boot up to a blue screen with a folder icon with a question mark on it.. I was getting a loud clicking noise coming from the front right side next to the track pad at a rate of maybe a click a second. I immediately suspected a failing hard drive, only to have the problem disappear the next day. after several trips to the mac store and numerous tests.. Nothing. Needless to say, i'm rather concerned about the reliability now. Anyone else encountered this problem?

  2. paintballswimgu macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2010
    you should run seatools on it. Its a free disc program from seagate. You will have to boot your computer in windows though
  3. macbooked thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2009
    well i was hoping to address the problem without installing another operating system.. Mac store ran some tests and then asked me to bring it back in so they could real time test it for a day. No results. Every once in a while the screen scrambles to grayscale in large pixels for a brief moment, but the display issue seems rather unrelated.

  4. PuckDaddy macrumors regular


    Oct 16, 2008
    why not install a new HDD and keep the old one as a backup ?
  5. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
    Loud clicks with question mark folder are very bad signs. If I were you, I would definite put a new drive in and not risk losing my data. However, it it's under warranty and you want Apple to pay for the drive, then back up all your important files elsewhere (e.g., time machine). Your current HDD is likely to fail in the near future.
  6. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    At least backup your data, so that in the event of the HDD failure you will not need to ask on how to recover lost data.

    I had that experience too though, the one with the dying HDD, loud clicks, system hanging up and so on.
    But then the HDD went back to normal and now the HDD only freaks out, when it is in use for several days.
    As it is inside my old iBook I don't plan to replace it though.
  7. macbooked thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2009
    Im almost always backed up, I just hate the feeling of a the upcoming fail. I kinda feel that since I even paid for the extended warranty, i don't deserve the feelings of unreliability.. I travel a whole lot do a fair bit of photography; I would hate to have a dead computer while on the road.
  8. swingerofbirch macrumors 68030

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    Definitely get a new drive....I recently had a problem with my MBP, and it turns out that Apple will ship you a replacement drive that you can install yourself if you'd rather do that than go to the store or send it in. The first AppleCare tech I spoke to didn't know that was possible, and I had to reach a supervisor who knew the policies better.

    Of course you might prefer they replace it at a store or through a mail-in repair, but I find it more convenient to do at home. Also, you seemed to say the store wouldn't replace the drive. When I spoke to the Apple representative by phone, they took me at my word and were going to send me a drive based only on my description of the problem.
  9. macbooked thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2009
    Good info. The store definitely acted like their hands were tied and there was nothing they could do since the problem was unrepeatable..

  10. seepel macrumors 6502


    Dec 22, 2009
    So there is this dorky iphone app that simulates hard drive failures called drive saver. Both Clicker Failure and Head Crash Failure produce clicking noises. In general, it definitely sounds like your drive is on its last leg.
  11. Denarius macrumors 6502a


    Feb 5, 2008
    Gironde, France
    Have you looked at the S.M.A.R.T. status in System Profiler. Normally a good indicator.

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