Hard Drive Click Noise

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by modestius, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. modestius macrumors newbie

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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!
     
  2. TechStooge macrumors member

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    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
     
  3. Dweez macrumors 65816

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    If it were me I'd do a full backup of your disk, then take it to an authorized repair outlet for diagnosis.
     
  4. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    No need it's the SMS.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Since the MBP wasn't being moved, it's unlikely to be the SMS. It's more likely normal read/write activity on the drive. It sounds perfectly normal.
     
  6. modestius, Jan 23, 2012
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    modestius thread starter macrumors newbie

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    sms?

    never mind... sudden motion sensor. and yeah it can't be the SMS, because the computer isn't moving.
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Read the link I posted. It's not the SMS.
     
  8. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

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  9. modestius thread starter macrumors newbie

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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.
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    There is nothing wrong with the drive. The noises are normal. Some drives are simply louder than others.
     
  11. modestius thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks! Not what I was hoping to hear because as i said, it drives me nuts.

    Perhaps it's time for an SSD upgrade...
     
  12. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Now THAT will be quiet! And fast! :)
     
  13. TechStooge macrumors member

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    exacly what i said ......>.>
     
  14. jon08 macrumors 68000

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  15. mscice macrumors 6502

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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 :)
     
  16. David085 macrumors 6502a

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    The noise is probably normal notthing to worry about
     
  17. jeffreymabq macrumors newbie

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    My SMS is doing the same thing. The drive is in my optibay, and it is causing all sorts of read/write errors as well. Any thoughts?
     
  18. natejohnstone@g macrumors regular

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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.
     
  19. modestius thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I will try this out today thank you!! I'll be back later with an update. Thanks everyone for their input!
     

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