New iBook's Noisy hard drive: bad omen?

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New iBook's Noisy hard drive: bad omen?

Postby Roger » Mon, 24 Jan 2005 04:06:03 GMT

Actually it's not the latest, it's the 1gig "iBook G4," but I got a good 
deal on it.  But I noticed this hard drive is much noisier than that of 
my G3 iBook 600--a lot of "clacking" noise when it kicks in, whirring, 
etc. not really loud or anything, just noticeable relative to the old G3 
iBook.   I suspect the casing is less robust than on the G3 iBook.  

Anyway is this a bad sign for a drive, or normal for this model?

Thanks!
Rog

Re: New iBook's Noisy hard drive: bad omen?

Postby Howard Shubs » Mon, 24 Jan 2005 11:55:15 GMT

In article < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,




I'd say it's a bad sign.  If you can take it to a repair shop and have 
them listen to it, that might be a good idea.  Or take it to a user's 
group and see what they think.  If you think it's too noisy, you might 
just buy a replacement drive and be done with it.

-- 
Nobody knows Particle Man.

Re: New iBook's Noisy hard drive: bad omen?

Postby Elden Fenison » Mon, 24 Jan 2005 12:18:50 GMT

On Sat, 22 Jan 2005 11:06:03 -0800, Roger wrote
(in article < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >):


I have a G4/933 iBook. My drive was making sort of clicking sounds, the kind 
you don't really want to hear. I took it into the Apple store and they 
checked it out, found nothing wrong.

I later found out via research on the net that this noise is caused by the 
power saving features in some drive's firmware. The noise I was hearing was 
the parking of the heads or some such thing. At any rate, I've had this iBook 
for a year and it's still going strong.

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Re: New iBook's Noisy hard drive: bad omen?

Postby pailface88 » Tue, 25 Jan 2005 06:55:39 GMT

The clicking sound caused by the heads parking can be eliminated
(depending on what kind of drive you have) with an app called APM Tuner
X. It will cause the heads to not park so frequently. The parking is
just a waste of time in my opinion since OS X is constantly reading and
writing, causing the head to constantly be put back into service after
having just been parked.

Greg


Re: New iBook's Noisy hard drive: bad omen?

Postby Roger » Tue, 25 Jan 2005 11:34:40 GMT

In article < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,




Thanks Greg, I looked for this app, Version Tracker and elsewhere, but 
all the links I found are dead.  Any one have a live link for current 
info about this app?

Thanks,
Rog

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