Hard drive failing

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Straighth, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. Straighth macrumors newbie

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    So I have one of the infamous black macs. Running on osx 5.5 and I believe the hard drive is beginning to fail as I occasional hear clicking. Obviously I have been expecting this because its been nearly five and a half years since I purchased it. I have decided to reformat the hard drive. Will this in any way help prolong the hard drives life or is it hopeless?

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  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    Formatting it's not going to help it. It's starting to fail physically. You need to back up your information ASAP and get a new hard drive to replace that one. You can potentially extend it's life a little and/or repair any bad sectors with Spinrite, but if you're hearing clicking, Spinrite is not a total fix, but a crutch. The drive needs replacing.

    Spinrite is a maintenance and data recovery utility. You have to have an IBM-PC in order to use it though. You take the HDD out of the Mac and connect it to the IBM-PC and run the program. Below is my old MBP HDD in a Dell PC with Spinrite working on it.

    Independent review of Spinrite (not me)

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