Hard Drive Failure

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  1. JHummer macrumors member

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    How do I know if my hard drive is failing? Recently my computer has been acting up and on a few occasions has shut itself off when I have had plenty of battery life. Any thoughts about this?
     
  2. Spadoinkles macrumors regular

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    Is it making a clicking kinda sound?

    Back in the day (number of years ago) before I valued backing up, same thing happened to me - by the time I rushed out to buy an external and came home, my mac had crashed, and refused to boot since.

    If it's a physical drive (not an SSD) you'd be able to tell.
     
  3. JHummer thread starter macrumors member

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    It hasn't made a clicking noise yet, but like i said it does randomly shut off every once in a while.
     
  4. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    what does the crash log say?

    can you run a hardware self check? HD diagnosis?

    Anyways, it's probably a good idea for you to back up regularly. Actually that is always a good idea ;)
     
  5. Mersailios macrumors regular

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  6. JHummer thread starter macrumors member

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    I downloaded Drive Alert from the mac app store, and this is what it said.

    Macintosh HD Statue is verified as good as of: 11/11/11 : 6:59:33 PM
    Macintosh HD Statue is verified as good as of: 11/11/11 : 7:00:33 PM
    Macintosh HD Statue is verified as good as of: 11/11/11 : 8:00:31 PM
    Macintosh HD Statue is verified as good as of: 11/11/11 : 9:00:31 PM
    Macintosh HD Statue is verified as good as of: 11/11/11 : 10:00:30 PM
    Macintosh HD Statue is verified as good as of: 11/11/11 : 11:00:30 PM
    Macintosh HD Statue is verified as good as of: 11/12/11 : 12:00:30 AM
    Macintosh HD Statue is verified as good as of: 11/13/11 : 11:24:54 AM
    could be failing as of: 11/13/11 : 7:08:30 PM
    could be failing as of: 11/13/11 : 7:30:05 PM
    could be failing as of: 11/13/11 : 7:45:02 PM
    Macintosh HD Statue is verified as good as of: 11/13/11 : 7:52:00 PM
    Macintosh HD Statue is verified as good as of: 11/13/11 : 8:51:59 PM
    Macintosh HD Statue is verified as good as of: 11/13/11 : 9:51:59 PM
    Macintosh HD Statue is verified as good as of: 11/13/11 : 10:51:58 PM
    Macintosh HD Statue is verified as good as of: 11/13/11 : 11:51:58 PM
    could be failing as of: 11/14/11 : 8:24:55 PM
    could be failing as of: 11/14/11 : 9:24:55 PM
    could be failing as of: 11/14/11 : 10:24:55 PM
    could be failing as of: 11/14/11 : 11:24:54 PM


    That is the complete log since I began tracking it the other day, after it started crashing on me. I have a unibody macbook pro from mid 2009.
     
  7. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    Just buy a new hard drive. I don't know this app that well, but it seems to agree with your concern that the HD is failing.
     
  8. JHummer thread starter macrumors member

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    As of right now, I am still under the Apple Protection Plan, I am taking it in this weekend when I go home from college.
     
  9. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    Ok, that makes sense.
     
  10. JHummer thread starter macrumors member

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    I took it in, got a new hard drive, and am good to go!
     
  11. Nice macrumors regular

    Nice

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  12. JHummer thread starter macrumors member

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    How do you do that? What is it and what does it do?
     
  13. mgartner0622 macrumors 65816

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    It's basically a simple test your Mac does automatically to see if your hard drive is failing. Go to "About This Mac" from the Apple Menu, click "More Info", then system report. Then, click "Serial ATA" it should give you information that looks like this:
    Of course capacity and manufacturer will vary.

    Hitachi HTS727575A9E362:

    Capacity: 750.16 GB (750,156,374,016 bytes)
    Model: Hitachi HTS727575A9E362
    Revision: JF4AD0F0
    Serial Number:
    Native Command Queuing: Yes
    Queue Depth: 32
    Removable Media: No
    Detachable Drive: No
    BSD Name: disk0
    Rotational Rate: 7200
    Medium Type: Rotational
    Partition Map Type: GPT (GUID Partition Table)
    S.M.A.R.T. status: Verified
    Volumes:

    As you can see mine is smart verified.

    Alternatively, you could open Disk Utility, select your disk, and then look at the bottom of the window:
     

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  14. JHummer thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks for the info i I will have to check it out
     

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