i think my powerbook hard drive is dieing

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by dm33186, Aug 13, 2005.

  1. dm33186 macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2003
    1ghz al 12" pb running tiger

    tonight system started to just hang so i rebooted it and then the machine sat for 10 minutes at the while apple screen and the hard drive sounded like it kept trying to read the same data over and over.

    I ran the hardware testa nd it gave error code:

    2STF /4/3: ata-100-6-Master

    is my drive gone?
  2. ajampam macrumors regular


    Jul 31, 2005
    Did you try repairing it using the disk utility using the instal disc 1? While booting from the installer disk, press c and hold and you can find disk utility in the utilities tab. There you can run a disk repair and see....
    Hope it helps man!!!!
  3. munkle macrumors 68030


    Aug 7, 2004
    On a jet plane
    I would definitely start backing up your data though.

    To create a fully bootable clone of your HD use SuperDuper.

    My PB's HD died recently and having a full backup was what saved my sanity!
  4. dm33186 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2003
    disk utility says it is fine

    this morning it booted but the os is slower than anything.

    after trying disk repair again and it said nothing i booted and it is now going on 10 minutes and i am at the blue screen but nothing has come up yet in terms of the loading os x.

    the drive sounds like it keeps trying to read but can't. Problem is the nearest applestore is about 70 miles away.

    hmm while typing this i am now at a blue screen with the spinning loading wheel, never seen that before. Any idea what the heck that means?
  5. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Quitcher posting to MR and back the dang thing up already! ;)

    It may be a flaw on the motherboard, but.. more likely the drive itself.

    Start pricing out a Seagate Momentus 2.5" hard drive -- 5400 with an 8 Mb cache is the bset price-performance, and it has a 5 year warranty. Also price a Firewire 2.5" drive enclosure, they're not too expensive. Then you can clone the internal drive to the new one in the FW case, then swap drives. Don't be surprised if you have to reinstall OS X in any case because your existing OS files may be borked.

    Then, when you are up and running on the new drive, yu can put the old one in the enclosure and reformat it then test it. If you're lucky it may be usable, and you'll have a travel drive, if not, pitch the old drive and you have a spare enclosure -- which you can load with another drive you pick up cheap, or you can use to be a hero to friends with laptops in similar straights.
  6. macdon401 macrumors 6502


    Jul 9, 2005
    Big Trouble!

    I had the continuous spinning beachball a few weeks ago...at first I chacked and it said my drive was fine, then I got a SMART alert saying my drive was going to fail.... backup as much as you can!!! I had no external drive so I had to get 35 Gigs onto DVD!
    What Im saying is START YOUR BACKUP NOW...your drive is going to fail!
    Hate to be the harbinger of bad news but their is no other way I had a hard time accepting it too...sorry I know the feeling all too well!
    And My G5 was only a month old!
  7. dm33186 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2003
    all my data is safe, it is all on a raid 5 array on the network so thats not what i am worried about.

    I am worried about sending it in to apple and they say everything is fine and i get charged for labor.
  8. eva01 macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2005
    Gah! Plymouth
  9. dm33186 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2003
    why would i replace it myself when i have applecare? I would rather not take the thing apart.

    After calling apple again they had me zap the pram and reset the nvram. None of this worked so they suggested archive and installa nd if that does not fix it erase and install.

    Only reason i can see replaceing the drive myself would be so i don't have to jump through all these hoops

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