Scary HDD noise

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by jaguarx, Nov 30, 2006.

  1. jaguarx macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2003
    I just bought an old cube to use as a test server (need to buy 5 in total, I thought I'd try one first), perfect little machines. Installed some more RAM and a new HDD, Seagate 7200.9 80GB. All well and good. The whole machine is practically silent except occasionally the HDD (it can't be anything else) makes REALLY loud seek sounds. The first time it scared the hell out of me it was so loud, I it sounded like some threw ball-bearings into a fan! There are some reports of loud seek noise around and SMART says it's fine but is this normal? I can't seem to pin it down to any particular behaviour, it's just every now and then.
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Hmm... It's probably normal but use Disk Utility on the install discs (or on the boot drive if you have Tiger) to verify the drive. :)
  3. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

    Nov 17, 2004
    The Msp
    Well, I would keep a regular backup of my data just in case, but I was looking at Seagate drives on yesterday, and there were quite a number of reviews saying that they had a newer batch that was quite noisy when reading/writing. For the Cube, I believe most people would recommend an older Seagate Barracuda drive if you're going for silent operation.

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