4 Replies Latest reply: Oct 26, 2009 8:30 PM by tdownerd
tdownerd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
My iMac's hard drive is making a constant running sound - like it's accessing data - this has brought my system to a crawl at time (and is reminding me of my old windows system). The Hard Drive is at 50% full, the Apple Disk utility says it appears OK. Restarts have only helped for about 5 minutes then back to the gurgle sound. I have closed all extra running programs (simplify, cover sutra, etc) Any thoughts? Hard drive is a replacement from the original Apple drive that failed last year.


iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.2), Dell Laptop with Vista Home
  • Jerry Moreno Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
    It is possible to have your HD starting to fail. I have a 24" Al iMac and just took it in today for the same symptoms. Unfortunately, this will be the second HD replacement I'll have had on it (first replacement was this year in May). However, the Genius ran the tests in front of me and it listed as "failing." In other words, a little more time and it might have been unbootable. I would recommend taking it in.
  • jamesholden Level 3 Level 3 (710 points)
    Depending on which version of the iMac you have, if it's out of warranty and needs a new hard drive there not that scary to change, the current glass one require a bit more patience but if you follow a good guide you can have it done quite safely and easily in 15 minutes.
  • tdownerd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    So here is the verdict: The hard drive was fine, just permissions repair (which I thought I did and makes me livid that I had to pay for someone to do that!) But also, the Hard Drive fan failed! So that had to be replaced. My mac seems much better now, and doesn't make the gurgle sound. So here is my next question....if I had an Apple store close would it have still cost me $144 and 4 days to have a hard drive fan replaced and disk permissions repaired? Thanks,
  • tdownerd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    seemed to be a Spotlight problem