Hard drive failure?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by AlexisV, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. AlexisV macrumors 68000

    AlexisV

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    I'm pretty sure the problems we're having with a white MacBook are due to hard drive problems, but I thought I'd get a second opinion:

    • computer was dropped on a hard floor
    • started making whirring noises and would occasionally lock up or suffer long periods of the spinning wheel
    • Disk Utility check, after booting up from the CD, cam back with no errors
    • decided to wipe it and reinstall anyway
    • Snow Leopard got stuck halfway through installing, so rebooted. Installation then carried on no problems.
    • still suffering periods of the spinning wheel - it 'shudders' sometimes, rather than spinning smoothly. There have also been a couple of lockups.

    Any other ideas apart from a hard drive issue, before I buy a new one to install?
     
  2. After G macrumors 68000

    After G

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    Check that your RAM is seated properly, the drop might have knocked it around. I had a similar problem that ended up being RAM-related.
     
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  4. AlexisV thread starter macrumors 68000

    AlexisV

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    The memory sticks had a bit of gunk on them, but after a clean the machine is no different.

    It seems slow and stuttery and sometimes locks up completely, even though it has a fresh install of SL.
     
  5. broken-chaos macrumors regular

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    Sounds like impending hard drive failure to me. Got a spare disk to try out in there, or a different computer to try the original disk in?
     
  6. AlexisV thread starter macrumors 68000

    AlexisV

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    I bought a new one since they're only about £35. Should be here in a couple of days.

    Fingers crossed!
     

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