Hi all, Hope this isn't repeating any earlier threads, but I did a search and nothing came up so here goes. I have a 2 year old iBook G4 1.0Ghz running on 10.4 Recently my hard drive has been making sputtering and loud clicking noises, which occasionally results in the system getting hung up. I've used disk utility, but because I only have a 10.3.4 install disc the results are iffy, but generally claim there is no problem, although I know there must be. I've also noticed that over the past few months my battery life has fallen off sharply. I was planning on getting a new one for school in the fall, but now I am wondering if my hard drive troubles may be causing reduced battery efficiency. I will probably replace one if not both components, but I was basically wondering: 1. If there is any possible connecting between the two. 2. If those sounds and the lagging of my system are really the last sounds of a dying hard drive as I suspect they are. Thanks for any help!