MacBook Pro, Early 2011, hard drive problem

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Aznskill2k, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. Aznskill2k macrumors newbie

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    Hi, my macbook pro started making clicking sounds. I am pretty sure it is from the hard drive. This problem started a few days after I installed Ubuntu operating system. Maybe I partition the hard drive wrong but would that affect the hardware?

    Can anyone help me diagnose/fix this problem. If not would I encounter any problems when bringing it to the apple store, such as warranty issue, fee that I would have to pay for fixing. I have never opened up the macbook or anything that could void the warranty. Thanks!
     
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    If you're certain your drive is clicking, back up your data immediately because your drive is probably about to die. If you're not sure, back up your data anyway. I would look into getting a new laptop drive. It may not be anything you did, though partitioning hard drives does wear them down, but it was probably a series of events leading it to do this. Dunno. Seriously though, back up your stuff.
     
  3. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    At this stage, you better make a backup of everything. A clicking sound is indicative of a hardware failure on the HDD.

    You can also use this as an excuse to buy your Mac a new SSD. SSDs are far more reliable because they have no moving parts, but they have finite writes (but they still last for over 7 years even under heavy writes, so don't worry about it).

    SSDs are way faster too.
     
  4. Aznskill2k thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I already have my hard drive backed up and I have been considering an SSD for awhile now. Would you recommend installing it yourself if so does it void the warranty? Also, I would have to consider my macbook battery life and if its worth the upgrade (appose to selling and buying a new mac). But anyway I would like to diagnose/fix the problem first. Thanks for replies.
     
  5. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    If you can turn a screwdriver, you should do it yourself. It takes about 5 minutes to swap.
     
  6. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    On classic MBPs, DIY RAM upgrades and hard drive upgrades are okay and will not void warranty, as the instructions are even printed in the manual that came with your MBP.
     

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