iBook Clamshell Loud Hard Drive

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by davidx385, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. davidx385 macrumors newbie

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    Hi everybody,

    I recently purchased a new (to me) iBook Clamshell off eBay running Os 9.1. This is my first Mac, It has a 6 gig HD and the HD seems like its spinning really loud and it makes chirping sounds whenever I change the screen saver

    Does this Mean the HD is failing? Should I get a new HD
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Yeah, it doesn't sound like the hard drive is doing too well. If it's original with the computer then it's at least 8 years old. Unless it's your primary computer, I'd just avoid putting any important files on there and not worry about replacing the drive until it dies, unless the noise bothers you.
     
  3. davidx385 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks
     
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    No problem. By the way, your iBook may be able to handle Panther if you want to move to OS X. (I'm not just sure what the minimum requirements are, but you have enough memory for sure.)
     
  5. davidx385 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I ordered a copy of Mac Os X Jaguar because the 300 mhz is a little too slow for Panther.
     
  6. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Well, I'm running Tiger on a 500 MHz iBook with as much memory as you have.

    (I keep having to remind myself that 0.2 GHz makes a big difference when you're in the low hundreds of megahertz.)
     
  7. davidx385 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just upgraded to Os x Jaguar around 1:30
    It was actually quite easy
    Now the Hard Drive isn't as loud for some reason, but now it sounds like a fridge
     
  8. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Yeah, definitely sounds like the drive is failing. :rolleyes:

    How's Jaguar running?
     
  9. davidx385 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's running really well
    I downloaded most of the updates and installed Opera because as far as I know thats the only web browser being updated for Jaguar besides iCab and I find that to be really slow
     
  10. heavymetal4god macrumors member

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    Opera is also the fastest browser out there.
     

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