Is this a hard drive problem? Losing my sanity.

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  1. oneofthesedaves macrumors regular

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    I have a late 2009 MBP that was running out of hard drive space. A month ago I bought a 750GB Hitachi Travelstar hard drive to replace the original one. It worked great for about a week. Then I started hearing a periodic clicking noise. I called Hitachi and they said that the drive was going bad, so they sent me another one. I installed the new one and then put the failing drive in an enclosure and tried to use disk utility to erase it before I sent it back. That's when it failed. It no longer works.

    The 2nd replacement was fine for a few days, but then I started hearing the clicking sound again, so I put my original drive back in and put the replacement in a hard drive enclosure. I booted from the drive that had been clicking, but it isn't doing that anymore. What gives? The times when I would hear the noise were when the MBP was good and hot (had been running for a while) but was sitting idle such as when I'm reading something and not loading any files/apps. Do you think it's just the hard drive?

    Any advice would be appreciated.
     
  2. oneofthesedaves thread starter macrumors regular

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    I took the drive that I suspected of being defective out of the MBP and put it in a hd enclosure. Then I booted the mac from it. I used it for a couple of hours and it never made the sound, so I put it back in the MBP. After an hour of use the sound came back. I don't get it. Could something else be making this sound?
     
  3. Freyqq macrumors 601

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    Could be the SMS sensor in the MBP logic board and the hard drive interfering with each other. They always recommend to get a hard drive without SMS so that this doesn't happen.
     
  4. oneofthesedaves thread starter macrumors regular

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    The SMS occurred to me earlier, so I used terminal to disable it, but it is still making the noise. I wasn't aware that drives themselves had SMS. I'll have to check to see if this one has one.
     
  5. Freyqq macrumors 601

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    Some do and some don't. But, that's really what this sounds like to me.

    I had no idea that you could disable SMS in terminal though...neat.
     
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