Is my drive dying - aka what is this noise

Discussion in 'iMac' started by icharry, Apr 30, 2014.

  1. icharry macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2009
  2. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    That's why you have a backup drive.
    You do have a backup drive, don't you?
    If you don't have a backup drive, _run_ to the nearest store and buy one.
  3. rambo47 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 3, 2010
    Denville, NJ
    Yup, that's a dying drive all right! I'm actually surprised it's not completely dead yet with all that noise. I've had them die long before ever getting that noisy.

    You can sometimes coax a little more run time out of a drive if you need to pull data off of it for a new drive by mounting it in an external enclosure and cooling that drive in your freezer. Put the drive in a ziplock bag and put it in the freezer for an hour or two at least. Take it out of the freezer and connect to your computer via USB or FireWire. You could get an extra 5 or 10 minutes of run time before it freezes up, just long enough to pull off your critical files if they're not backed up.
  4. icharry thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2009
    strange its been doing that for about a week... 99% backed up, just gotta do the last few days. Thanks.

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