why is the HD making noise?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by 1rottenapple, Jan 3, 2006.

  1. 1rottenapple macrumors 68000

    Apr 21, 2004
    Hey I have been noticing that my imac 800 megahertz G4 has been making a lot noise. Sounds like a "aaaaaaa" but is rally low and on all the time regardless if a cd is playing. It just on even when I have one Safari window open and nothing else, so nothing processor intensive. My computer has 768 megabits of RAM so it's not a low ram issue.
  2. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    You might want to shut down the system and clean out the fan outlet, there are probably dust elephants by now in a lamp that old.

    If that doesn't do it to it, make sure everything is backed up really well, and start shopping for a nice new hard drive. There really aren't any other moving parts other than HD, fan and optical drive, so the noise sources should be pretty simple to track down.
  3. mpw Guest

    Jun 18, 2004
    Sounds suspiciously like your HDD is about to die. Backup, backup, backup and backup.

    Then replace. And keep backing up.

    *Goes home with intention of following his own advice*

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