How to get off the noize from the iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by appleuser1991, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. appleuser1991 macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2010

    My iMac is the sound when it starts, is on and when to start a program. I left it in for service and they said it would examine it and do a test drive. It found nothing wrong and I can not stay to file it if it does not seem to find anything wrong.

    I wonder if there is someone on this board who have the same problem and how you solved it? I suspect that someone screw the hard disk is not completely fixed, or something like that. Or there is something strange on the hard disk that is lost if you reformat it. I know I was installing Windows with bootcamp so maybe it has to do with the eight I'm just thinking. It seems hard right to open the iMac and remove the screen and all that so I had time to avoid.

    Albin aka appleuser1991
  2. bas-macfan macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2010
    I think you heare your Hard drive. Search for post HDD noise, HDD sound iMac etc.

    Mine is going back because of the noise. It is no hardware issue but annoying. So much that Apple is replacing it.
  3. iCaleb macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2010
    SMC reset

    Make sure your updated to the current software

    If all else fails vacuum the dust out of the long vent on the back (while unplugged).
  4. appleuser1991 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2010
  5. Btom macrumors 6502a

    Nov 19, 2009
    If this is a HD doing grumbling noises, the only sure thing is to replace the HD (or all the computer, if you are within 14 days from the purchase).

    Tom B.
  6. appleuser1991 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2010
    I have Apple Care but i I submitted it to the point that, do they support it and said it would check the noise level and then do something with the hard drive test which would check if there was something wrong on the counter, I took it as. According to them they would not find anything wrong.
    It feels a bit tedious to have to submit it again.
  7. appleuser1991 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2010
    Today I went to an Apple Store, and described my problem. I had the computer with me so it could start and see if it could hear something. Should I support and he could not hear anything from the sound only a little fan. What should I do? Do you think you may be able to fix it self to reinstall everything? He said I would be home and see if I could record with the iphone or something. I have tried to record but I may not be enough for you to hear the phone.
  8. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    I don't see how reinstalling your software will make any difference. If the hard drive is making the noise you hear, I doubt there's much you can do to change it. Some hard drives are simply louder than others. Often it depends on the brand. In my experience, Hitachi and Western Digital tend to be quieter than Segate (though I do have three 500GB Segate enterprise-level drives that aren't too noisy).

    It is possible your hard drive is failing, though the noise could be completely normal as well. It's going to be almost impossible for anyone not standing directly in front of the computer to tell, even via recording.

    How old is your iMac? What size hard drive does it have and who is the manufacturer? You can check this with either the Apple System Profiler or the Apple Disk Utility apps. What does the SMART status say?
  9. appleuser1991 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2010
    I had bootcamp for a while so it might not all disappeared or something.

    Heres i find some information:


    Capacity: 1 TB (1,000,204,886,016 bytes)
    Model: ST31000528ASQ
    Revision: AP24
    Serial Number: 6VP1Z2HF
    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
    Capacity: 999.86 GB (999,860,912,128 bytes)
    Available: 954.87 GB (954,870,251,520 bytes)
    Writable: Yes
    File System: HFS+
    BSD Name: disk0s2
    Mount Point: /

    My iMac is from november 09 I think it sounds strange to be so new.
  10. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    You have a Seagate drive. They tend to be noisy.
    Boot Camp will have nothing to do with the sounds your drive makes.

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