There's a hamster in my Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by stimpycat, Nov 16, 2007.

  1. stimpycat macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2007
    Hi - it sounds like there is a small hamster on a wheel away inside my Mac Pro and it's driving me nuts - it's a high pitched noise but low enough to not be obvious but high enough to be a real annoyance.

    Any ideas how to fix it? It's only 3 months old but I don't want to return it and be without computer for 3 months (it's a work machine)
  2. bozigle macrumors regular

    i would save all important files from the hard drive onto an external one... just in case...

    other than that you can leave seeds on the keyboard to get the beast out of there.
  3. pknz macrumors 68020


    Mar 22, 2005
  4. stimpycat thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2007
    Further to this - I have tried to verify my HD (the one that the OS is on) it comes up with this.


    Is that normal for a 3 month old drive? And more importantly what the devil does it mean!
  5. joegomolski macrumors 6502


    Apr 28, 2006
    So CA
    There's a hamster in my Mac Pro

    Maybe, please not to panic.

    Do you have another bootable HD in your system?

    If so boot from that disk. Then run disk utility, and repair the drive.

    If you don't have another bootable HD, insert your Leopard install disk, reboot from that disk. Start the install. When you see utilities in the task bar, click, and select disk utilities.

    You can not repair the volume you are booted from.

    Maybe this, will now be working.
  6. stimpycat thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2007
    Thaknk - my disks now verify but the hamster noise is still there.

    It's intermittent and seems to come on when the computer is idling (although it comes on at other times) - I think it's lower down than the drives, somewhere behind the USB ports on the front.

    What are my options here? It's annoying the hell out of me and so want it fixed, but can't really spare time not having a computer (business)
  7. irishgrizzly macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2006
    How old is your machine? Did you install the HD yourself?
  8. Hmac macrumors 68020

    May 30, 2007
    Midwest USA
    My first guess would be fan noise rather than imminent hard drive failure, but I certainly would back up the drive ASAP.

    You might consider downloading SMC fan control and changing various fan speeds to see how that affects the noise. You might be able to isolate the noise to a bearing failure in one fan and replace it yourself for not much money.
  9. stimpycat thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2007
    Abotu 3 months old - it was a refurb
  10. stimpycat thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2007
    Did what you said and doesn't change it so guess it aint a fan.

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