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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:11 pm    Post subject: Clicking of Hard Drive Reply with quote

All of a sudden I am hearing the clicking sound of my MM 2011 model through my computer speakers.When I shut them off I can hear the clicking also from the MM HD. I hear this when watching news videos like CNN and others. When i use Firefox I hear nothing.Do you think my HD is going? I have this 1 year exactly. My warranty expired already. Should i replace this with a SSD instead?Any type of tests fore this I can do? Thanks Marvin
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would assume the HD could die any second. I would:
(a) immediately make copies of any really important stuff to another disk, DVD-R or USB stick
(b) order a replacement HD in an external case
(c) clone your old internal disk to your new external one (SuperDuper or others)
(d) check you can boot/run from the external (it will be slow, but it should run OK)
(e) swap your internal/external drives
(f) reformat/check the old drive - it may last a while longer, but I wouldn't trust it.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:02 pm    Post subject: HD Reply with quote

mooblie wrote:
I would assume the HD could die any second. I would:
(a) immediately make copies of any really important stuff to another disk, DVD-R or USB stick
(b) order a replacement HD in an external case
(c) clone your old internal disk to your new external one (SuperDuper or others)
(d) check you can boot/run from the external (it will be slow, but it should run OK)
(e) swap your internal/external drives
(f) reformat/check the old drive - it may last a while longer, but I wouldn't trust it.
You mean to tell me the Hard Drive last only 1 year and that is it.I only hear it on watching videos on MSNBC mainly. Not any other sites.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm. Did you say you can hear BOTH a mechanical click and an electrical click (coming out of the speakers)?

It's the mechanical click that makes me suspect the worst (being a pessimist!)
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Patient: “Doctor, doctor my arm hurts when I do this!” Doctor “Well stop doing it, you fool” - Stop watching MSNBC Wink

What browser are you using? Safari? If so try Firefox and see if you still have the same issue. I assume that nbc is using flash, do you have the latest flash build?

Fact is some hard drives fail sooner then others; 1 day, 1 month, 1 year, 10 years - all will fail eventually.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 9:19 pm    Post subject: HD Reply with quote

Y-Guy wrote:
Patient: “Doctor, doctor my arm hurts when I do this!” Doctor “Well stop doing it, you fool” - Stop watching MSNBC Wink

What browser are you using? Safari? If so try Firefox and see if you still have the same issue. I assume that nbc is using flash, do you have the latest flash build?

Fact is some hard drives fail sooner then others; 1 day, 1 month, 1 year, 10 years - all will fail eventually.
Using Safari browser. Firefox no. I have the latest flash installed also.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought you said that when you use FireFox you don't hear the clicking?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just know one thing... Clicking + Seagate hard drive = death on the horizon. That has been my experience over the years. That being said, the current Mac minis use Hitachi hard drives. It's been my experience that they are far more reliable. I would just back up and play it by ear for a while.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:22 pm    Post subject: HD Reply with quote

epic_ed wrote:
I just know one thing... Clicking + Seagate hard drive = death on the horizon. That has been my experience over the years. That being said, the current Mac minis use Hitachi hard drives. It's been my experience that they are far more reliable. I would just back up and play it by ear for a while.
There is a Toshiba HD in this MM I know this.No programs ever really hang up. Maybe this is a fan problem? How is the WD hard drive just for back up in an external HD? Thanks
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like "click of death", I'd be following mooblie's instructions.

<edit> or, just noticed this in another 123MM thread:

http://www.123macmini.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=31064
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:55 pm    Post subject: HD Reply with quote

helicoil wrote:
Sounds like "click of death", I'd be following mooblie's instructions.

<edit> or, just noticed this in another 123MM thread:

http://www.123macmini.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=31064
I did the Apple Hardware Test yesterday and everything tested okay. This click comes through only on the right speaker of what i have hooked up. A Genius 2.1 subwoofer system.Thanks
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smithcraft wrote:
I thought you said that when you use FireFox you don't hear the clicking?

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I don't apply this Firefox.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Smithcraft wrote:
I thought you said that when you use FireFox you don't hear the clicking?

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Now, i hear in FireFox.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 9:21 am    Post subject: clicking of Hard Drive Reply with quote

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Brendon77 wrote:
Smithcraft wrote:
I thought you said that when you use FireFox you don't hear the clicking?

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Now, i hear in FireFox.
I heard this noise for a while then all of sudden it went away.Both in Safari and Firefox.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 2:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Hitachi hard drives. It's been my experience that they are far more reliable


+1

Strange noises that are not constant, can be very vexing.

Any weird audio coming out of my MM via speakers, I attribute to grounding issues (my MM is also an HTPC) or I attribute it to just bad data coming from whatever site I am on. Just hard to tell because there are so many variables involved in what audio and video is being shipped to you over the net.

But any clicking or mechanical noises coming from a hard drive, can indicate a hardware problem.

The drive could be failing or maybe overheating which in turn will cause it to fail, or numerous other things. Only a decent tech that could look at your mac could give you a fair evaluation.

If it were me in your situation, I would backup/image/or just TM the mac to an external, and then have a new hard drive ready to go if your current drive worsens or fails. Then if your replacement drive fails, you know that it was something that needs fixed, and take it for repair. Drives are pretty inexpensive these days, just always be prepared and back things up.

Keep us updated because your information could help someone else. Good luck.
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