power book hard disk going again...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by flaith, Nov 27, 2006.

  1. flaith macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2005
    hi all

    the hard disk on my Powerbook G4 12" 1.5ghz seems to be on the way out - again!

    I bought it about 18 months ago and 6 months later i started to get intermittant crashes (the one where the screen goes grey and tells you to restart in 4 languages, kernel panic i think) they became more frequent and after a few reinstalls the HD died altogether and i got on to apple and they replaced it

    so i've had the new HD for 6 months now and the crashes have slowly started to come back. so i ran Disk utility from my startup disk, repaired the disk and permissions and the crashes stopped for a while. but they came back when i tried to edit some video footage over the weekend and now when i run Disk Utility it gives the "the underlying task reported failure on exit" error just like it did before the last hard disk failed!

    it seems really unlikely that I would get two dodgy HD's in a row. is it possible that it's something else? how would i find out? I have replaced laptop hard disks before so i have no fear of that but how do i know that i wouldn't be back here in another six months. Is disk warrior the way to go?
    is there another way of analysing the problem before i splash out on a solution?

    i've added the following to see if the way i use it has anything to do with this - i expect most of this is irrelevant but you never know!

    I use the computer for about 3 hours a day. I rarely turn it off, leaving it on sleep instead. I store it vertically (behind the counch for security!). I have activity monitor running all the time (i like to see memory usage in my dock). I use camino.
  2. deadpixels macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2006
    in disk utility, do you have the option to run a SMART test?? if yes, run it, it'll tell you if there's something wrong with you hdd :D
    edit : i got confused, disk utility doesn't have the option to do a SMART test, you need disk warrior or techtoolpro for that, sorry. but you can run the apple hardware test to check for problems :D
  3. ozontheroad macrumors 6502


    Aug 4, 2006
    the reef
    My 12" PB is on its 3rd hard drive, the second one died with no warning at all.... I was chatting with my brother the system froze and that was it.
  4. flaith thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2005
    thanks for your help so far

    i have got a little further following more research. it seems that it is not exactly the same problem as before - that's good

    in Disk Utility -> Verify Disk it was showing that neooffice was causing issues (i can't remember the exact error but it was volume overlap or something)

    so i Trashed neooffice and ran Repair Disk and it found this

    Checking Catalogue Hierarchy
    Invalid Volume File Count
    (it should be 342958 instead of 342965)

    and then tried to repair before giving up after 3 tries (Volume could not be repaired....etc) repeating Repair Disk gives the same result

    On the plus side Repair Disk Permissions runs fine (it didn't before)

    as it's different I'm now thinking that Disk Warrior might be an option. it seems a bit expensive for something that might not work though - any trials availalble?

    thanks for your time :)
  5. deadpixels macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2006
    you should try to do the repair in single user mode, instructions here
  6. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    I'm pretty sure it is the heat and also that if these are Toshiba drives, they do not poke out the OEM breather holes on Toshibas as indicated on the hd label! Do a bit of research...

    That said, i'm running mine now and it runs hot and I cool it down with blue ice packs. The heat will age your hd.

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