Hard Drive Click Noise

modestius

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Nov 1, 2011
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I have a small issue that is driving me crazy with my Hitachi Travelstar 7k750. the drive makes a faint "click-click" noise fairly consistently. It's as if the drive is constantly re-engaging itself, the best way i can describe it. I cannot figure out what causes/stops it; makes the noise during processing and while the computer is idle. The drive seems to operate fine, I have no symptoms other than the noise; and unfortunately it is just loud enough to be incredibly obnoxious.

Video of the noise: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qZEsH24Qmw

I have contacted Hitachi and, of course, they claim it to be a "software" issue and won't replace the drive. I haven't found anything similar to what I am experiencing on the internets.
Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!
 

TechStooge

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Jan 16, 2012
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I have a small issue that is driving me crazy with my Hitachi Travelstar 7k750. the drive makes a faint "click-click" noise fairly consistently. It's as if the drive is constantly re-engaging itself, the best way i can describe it. I cannot figure out what causes/stops it; makes the noise during processing and while the computer is idle. The drive seems to operate fine, I have no symptoms other than the noise; and unfortunately it is just loud enough to be incredibly obnoxious.

Video of the noise: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qZEsH24Qmw

I have contacted Hitachi and, of course, they claim it to be a "software" issue and won't replace the drive. I haven't found anything similar to what I am experiencing on the internets.
Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!
they always do that when loading and such. either that or ur triggering the saftey feature o n it


as long as ur mac isnt crashing ur fine
 

modestius

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Original poster
Nov 1, 2011
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Read the link I posted. It's not the SMS.
I did indeed, and i have been here before. However, my other MBPs w/Hitachi drives don't make this noise. This is a self-installed user-updated drive, so it won't be covered by Apple. I would have to work through Hitachi.
 

GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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I did indeed, and i have been here before. However, my other MBPs w/Hitachi drives don't make this noise. This is a self-installed user-updated drive, so it won't be covered by Apple. I would have to work through Hitachi.
There is nothing wrong with the drive. The noises are normal. Some drives are simply louder than others.
 

modestius

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Nov 1, 2011
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There is nothing wrong with the drive. The noises are normal. Some drives are simply louder than others.
Thanks! Not what I was hoping to hear because as i said, it drives me nuts.

Perhaps it's time for an SSD upgrade...
 

mscice

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Aug 9, 2009
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I had exact same issue it was ticking random times...

It was my sms sensor thats on top of the drive that detects any movement..

What i did was... Booted and disabled the sms

sh-3.2# sudo pmset -g
Active Profiles:
Battery Power -1
AC Power -1*
Currently in use:
womp 0
autorestart 0
halfdim 1
sms 1
panicrestart 157680000
hibernatefile /var/vm/sleepimage
networkoversleep 0
disksleep 0
sleep 0
hibernatemode 3
ttyskeepawake 1
displaysleep 15
acwake 0
lidwake 1


then disabled it by

sh-3.2# sudo pmset -a sms 0
sh-3.2# sudo pmset -g

Active Profiles:
Battery Power -1
AC Power -1*
Currently in use:
womp 0
autorestart 0
halfdim 1
sms 0
panicrestart 157680000
hibernatefile /var/vm/sleepimage
networkoversleep 0
disksleep 0
sleep 0
hibernatemode 3
ttyskeepawake 1
displaysleep 15
acwake 0
lidwake 1


I ran it like that for 30 mins ... then did a repair disk permissions and before rebooting i enabled the sms back in

sh-3.2# sudo pmset -a sms 1
sh-3.2# sudo pmset -g

Active Profiles:
Battery Power -1
AC Power -1*
Currently in use:
womp 0
autorestart 0
halfdim 1
sms 1
panicrestart 157680000
hibernatefile /var/vm/sleepimage
networkoversleep 0
disksleep 0
sleep 0
hibernatemode 3
ttyskeepawake 1
displaysleep 15
acwake 0
lidwake 1

see if that helps... if not get a ssd :)
 

natejohnstone@g

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Jan 6, 2007
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All I gotta say is BACK UP your computer now!

I've had noises like this from my hd twice, both times the drive died within a few weeks.

I've had 7 Apple hard drives fail in the last 2.5 years. SEVEN. Granted, they aren't "Apple" hard drives, they are just the typical lowest-bidder. But standard hard drives are unreliable at best. This is why I'm switching to a solid state when I get my new computer.
 

modestius

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Nov 1, 2011
9
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I had exact same issue it was ticking random times...

It was my sms sensor thats on top of the drive that detects any movement..

What i did was... Booted and disabled the sms
I will try this out today thank you!! I'll be back later with an update. Thanks everyone for their input!