Mac Mini HDD Clicking - Is it actually a concern?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by limajim123, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. limajim123 macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Hey, I have had my i7 2.3gHz Mac Mini 2012 since October 2013,

    I have began to notice a sound of clicking coming from the mac (i assume the HDD). I have a 1tb 5400rpm stock hdd (came installed in the mini). Should i be concerned about this and if so what steps should i take, if any

    Here is my drives SMART status.

    location: /dev/disk0
    partition count: 2
    partitions: Macintosh HD, BOOTCAMP,
    SMART Support: Supported
    Last SMART Error: *not set*
    Model Family: *not set*
    Model: APPLE HDD HTS541010A9E662
    Serial Number: J89001CCGWYJKP
    Firmware Version: JA0AB5D0
    Capacity: 1.00 TB
    ATA Version: 8
    SATA Version: SATA 2.6, 3.0 Gb/s (current: 3.0 Gb/s)
    Rotation Rate: 5400 rpm
    Health: Passed
    Overall Health: PASSED
    Offline Data Status: 0
    Self Test Status: 0
    Offline Data Collection Time: 45
    Data Collection Capabilities: 5B
    SMART Capabilities: 3
    Error Logging Capabilities: 1
    Short Self Test Time: 2
    Long Self Test Time: 236
    Conveyance Self Test Time: 0
    Attribute Log Revision: 16
    Attribute Count: 22
    Attributes:
    ID# ATTRIBUTE NAME FLAG VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE UPDATED FAILED RAW VALUE
    1 Raw Read Error Rate 0x000B 100 100 062 Pre-fail Always Never 0
    2 Throughput Performance 0x0005 100 100 040 Pre-fail Offline Never 0
    3 Spin Up Time 0x0007 192 192 033 Pre-fail Always Never 1
    4 Start/Stop Count 0x0012 100 100 000 Old age Always Never 123
    5 Reallocated Sector Count 0x0033 100 100 005 Pre-fail Always Never 0
    7 Seek Error Rate 0x000B 100 100 067 Pre-fail Always Never 0
    8 Seek Time Performance 0x0005 100 100 040 Pre-fail Offline Never 0
    9 Power On Hours 0x0012 094 094 000 Old age Always Never 3061
    10 Spin Retry Count 0x0013 100 100 060 Pre-fail Always Never 0
    12 Power Cycle Count 0x0032 100 100 000 Old age Always Never 111
    160 Unknown Attribute 0x0032 100 100 000 Old age Always Never 0
    191 G-Sense Error Rate 0x000A 100 100 000 Old age Always Never 0
    192 Power Off Retract Count 0x0032 100 100 000 Old age Always Never 9
    193 Load Cycle Count 0x0012 078 078 000 Old age Always Never 226016
    194 Temperature Celsius 0x0002 176 176 000 Old age Always Never 34
    195 Hardware ECC Recovered 0x000A 100 100 000 Old age Always Never 0
    196 Reallocated Event Count 0x0032 100 100 000 Old age Always Never 0
    197 Current Pending Sector Count 0x0022 100 100 000 Old age Always Never 0
    198 Offline Uncorrectable Sector Count 0x0008 100 100 000 Old age Offline Never 0
    199 UDMA CRC Error Count 0x000A 200 200 000 Old age Always Never 0
    223 Load Retry Count 0x000A 100 100 000 Old age Always Never 0
    254 Free Fall Sensor 0x0032 100 100 000 Old age Always Never 12
    Error Log Version: 1
    Error Count: 0
    Error Log:
    No errors logged.
    Self Test Log Revision: 1
    Self Test Log Count: 0
    Self Test Log:

    No self tests logged.


    Many Thanks, James :)
     
  2. barkmonster macrumors 68020

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    Lancashire
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    It sounds like you should backup immediately and call apple for a replacement or repair. I wouldn't risk anything less. A clicking/ticking HDD quickly becomes an inaccessible HDD if you don't do something about it as soon as it starts happening. It's definitely a sign of a fault and any smart status errors just confirms it.

    Also how cheap are Apple putting not just a 5400rpm HDD, but a SATA 3Gb/s one at that.
     
  3. COrocket macrumors 6502

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    #3
    Those drives only put out 100 MB/s read/write - SATA 3Gb/s is more than adequate. Hooking up drives with 6Gb/s link speed doesn't really improve 2.5" HDD performance.
     
  4. barkmonster macrumors 68020

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    Lancashire
    #4
    I know that because it's a limitation of HDDs but they must also have a lot of stocks of older 3Gb/s drives to not be using something more modern and my point about the mechanisms still stands. When £50 buys you a 7200rpm 9.5mm SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" drive and the speed of the system drive is the most noticable thing about one system VS another from an interface point of view (hence why SSDs are such a smart upgrade), they should be spending the under £10 difference on better drives. It's a desktop, not a laptop. The only current systems not offering either 7200rpm drives, PCIe SSDs or both in a Fusion config is the one remaining non-Retina Macbook Pro and the Mac Mini and for a desktop, it's just cutting corners.
     
  5. apfelmann macrumors 6502

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    #5
    Any hard drive can any time be just moments away from total data loss, so just back up your data seriously and don't mind any noises ... data loss happens when it happens, we can only prepare for the moment
     

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