Currently Being ModeratedNov 15, 2012 3:32 AM (in response to joewalls123)
There's no way of telling - just us users here - whether or not Apple will replace the HD before it fails (and it 'sounds' as if that's what it's doing).
The best thing you can do is take your machine into your local Apple Store or an AASP and have them 'listen' to the drive. Clicking sounds almost always mean that failure is just around the corner. Before taking your machine in, make certain that you have a recent, up-to-date, backup of some sort (Time Machine or clone) as I would think that if you're still under AppleCare they will, more likely than not, replace the drive.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 15, 2012 3:42 AM (in response to joewalls123)
Im guessing if its clicking then it maybe unbeknowingly causing you other problems. Like spinng beach balls, machine hanging. If this is the case and you are also noticing this more, I would believe you would have a better chance of getting it replaced.
Do you experiance these issues also?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 15, 2012 3:43 AM (in response to joewalls123)
You're going to be without you MBP for a period regardless. If they did in fact take your system to replace the drive they're going to nothing other than replace the drive. Restoring your OS and user account data is for you to do.
If you system is that important to you I'd buy another drive yourself and put your current drive into an external case until it does in fact die. You're going to have to jump through some hoops whichever way you go so you might as well take the route which gives you the best solution even if it costs you a little more. You can buy replacement kits for not a lot of money.
By the way, how full is your drive? The clicking might well be from excessive head tracking from your drive being full.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 15, 2012 3:46 AM (in response to clintonfrombirmingham)
I was hoping someone would have had previous experience with this and could update me with what Apple did for them.
Thanks for the advice. I use time machine to back up regularly.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 15, 2012 3:52 AM (in response to infinite vortex)
Thanks infinite vortex, I wasn't very clear in my opening message, I can afford to be without the Mac for a few days now, however in the next couple of weeks/months I'm going to be very busy so can't afford to be without it then, this is why I want to know if Apple will replace it now (even though it stil functions). Rather than waiting unti it dies and I'm very busy.
It's a 500GB drive with about 60GB free.
P.S. my local Apple store is about an hour away and I don't realy have time to go there.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 15, 2012 3:57 AM (in response to joewalls123)
Having been a service tech a long long time ago the yardstick I would use for a replacement was whether it were working or not and whether expected drive performance was substantially affected. Given your drive is both working and you didn't say performance was way down then I really doubt you'd get a replacement.
With around 10% drive space free I'd be telling you to free some space before considering anything.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 15, 2012 4:34 AM (in response to infinite vortex)
I suspected this would be the case, I think that because the drive is still functioning normally they won't swap it until it actually breaks. (Even though well all know that a clicking hard drive is bad news)