posted on Mar, 4 2011 @ 12:57 PM
reply to post by Neopan100
Hard drive activity at the time? A common symptom of a failing mechanical hard drive (not a solid state drive) is a knocking or ticking sound which
is usually the read/write head jumping around, which is bad.
If at all possible I'd run some diagnostics on the drive itself. I'm not familiar with any tools to do this on a mac but I'm sure there are
There are also bootable testing disks you can download and burn, some a free, some will not be mentioned here. These are pretty much hardware
independent and should be able to run a drive test on a mac no problem.
I'm not sure what the mac version would be, but if it were a windows box I'd be running a checkdisk test as well as a starting point.
Of course this is all assuming it's the drive, it could be a failing fan (but I'd expect to hear it more often). Try to make a note of what is going
on with the computer at the time you hear this, were you accessing the disk? do you have a power save function that spins down the disks when not in
use? In my windows based desktop the OS is on a SSD, but the storage drive is a standard sata 2 mechanical drive, when not in use it powers down,
when trying to access it you'll get a momentary lag on the desktop, then you will actually hear the drive turn on and spin up.
to the posters above, seriously guys, it's right in the T&C no 1 line posts, no off topic useless posts. If you can't offer any help, why bother
posting half funny jokes.
edit on 4-3-2011 by phishyblankwaters because: (no reason given)