Frustrated. Help Please. - SMART error

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  1. tMac85 macrumors 65816

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    Ok so my S.M.A.R.T has gone wack. This is what Onyx says. It says i need to put in my OSX disk ( its not leopard. and im on a MBP SR) and go to Disk Utilities.

    I put in the disk. A bunch of stuff shows up. None of them are Disk Utilities. So what do i need to do?

    Also i dont want to erase my hard drive. will doing this procedure change anything on my computer?
    After i get To disk utilities, what do I do next?

    Thanks guys. Its been a long day
     
  2. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    If smart is saying there is a problem get your data backed up pronto.

    Disk Utility should be one option in one of the menus in the menu bar.
     
  3. tMac85 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    ok so i called apple. they are having me do a Archive and Install. They lady wasnt much help, so i figured I would ask here.

    Its in the process of doing the Install right now. My question is, after I am done with that, will my SMART status be fixed/ good?
     
  4. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    Not necessarily...if your hard drive is failing, reinstalling won't help. I hope you have everything of importance backed up.
     
  5. tMac85 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    i do i do. just did that.

    Why would my hard drive be failing? The machine is 7 months old! I do get a lot of clicks and pops. Thats a bad sign isnt it?:(
     
  6. matt90 macrumors member

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    SMART monitors the hard drive to predict physical problems that may occur in the near future. I advise backing up the entire hard drive as quickly as possible and then using the computer as normal to see what happens. If SMART reports problems, then it generally means that your hard drive is headed downhill.

    If your hard drive is making noises other than the natural hum and read/write head clicks, then yes, that's probably a bad sign.
     
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    Harddrive do fail sometime it takes 10+ years sometimes 1 day. SMART reporting a problem + clicks and pops sounds to me like it is about to die. Book an appointment with the apple store it will get replaced under warranty.
     
  8. McGiord, Apr 27, 2008
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    In case of any emergency later on, remember you can use Target Disk Mode to connect to your HDD via firewire in another mac (if you have one available).
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  9. tMac85 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    i just transfered my stuff to my Mac mini. via network and flashdrive.

    now pops and clicks. im not sure if i am hearing bad pops and stuff or if its just the clicks you get when you open an application or put in a disk sounds. is there a difference?
     
  10. McGiord, Apr 27, 2008
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    Noclue about the noises you refer to.
    The main difference will be that it's faster via firewire.
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  11. netnothing macrumors 68040

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    Any noticeable pops or clicks with hard drives are usually a bad sign. You could also download and run SMART Reporter: http://www.corecode.at/smartreporter/

    It sits in your menubar and monitors the S.M.A.R.T. status of drives. See if that also says it's failing.

    Thankfully you caught it in time to get the data off. Since you are still under warranty, get it replaced.

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  12. tMac85 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    apparently the smart is fine. I just had a bad install of osx. so i did an archive and install and onyx says my smart status is fine. i must be over worried.
    If onyx says things are fine then they are fine right?
     
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    Yeah, probably… That "pops and clicks" thing still worries me a little though. SMART doesn't detect everything.
     
  14. tMac85 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    ok sorry to drag this on...

    now my applications 'quit unexpectedly' all the time. especially firefox. so much that now it doesnt even tell me it quit unexpectedly. . am i supposed to uninstall them all ( third party that is) and reinstall them after an archive and install...?:(

    apples not on my good list right now...
     
  15. Wild-Bill macrumors 68030

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    Take it to an Apple Store and have them replace your hard drive ASAP, as you are still under warranty. You've already backed up your files, so you should be alright.
     
  16. matt90 macrumors member

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    A couple of questions:

    It's not bringing up the "___ quit unexpectedly…" window anymore?
    Is Finder quitting too?
    Have you tried restarting?
     
  17. tMac85 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    1 no not anymore. cause it quits after about 5 mins of use.
    finder no. havent really needed to use it.
    i restarted twice after using onyx after the 'reinstall' im in the middle of a huge software update (went backward with the osx re-install, getting all the updates) so ill restart it when its over in 18 mins.

    you all still say i should get a new hard drive. does that take long?
     

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