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  1. #1

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    Nov 11, 2008
    Need some advice
    My Mac pro hard drive has started making some loud searching noises when I open up a program or even receive an email. It has also been running some programs very slow, especially adobe apps.

    I did a clean reformat to see if that would help and still the problem continues. Any ideas what this could be or what I could do?

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    Chilbear's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jun 14, 2007
    2xiMac24 w Parallels 6 (1x White, 1x Aluminum), iPhone 3GS with iOS5
    Rule of thumb is if you hear a noise coming from what you believe to be the hard drive - backup and replace the drive ASAP. Better safe than sorry. Drives are cheap and in a production environment, time is worth more than the drive. Do it now and move on while the drive is still working.

    Another thought - is that the noise may be power supply related but that usually is a high pitched whine, kind of like the noise when your hard drive stops and you have no back up.

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    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    Late 2013 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, Sierra
    I agree with Chilbear, it may be time to replace the drive. Considering it's a Mac Pro, swapping out a hard drive is relatively easy. Start backing up your data now.


  4. #4

    Member Since
    Nov 11, 2008
    Re: Need some advice
    Thanks for your advice guys. I actually think I figured it out, I opened the tower up a few weeks back to clean it out, and must have some how bumped lose one of the memory slots.

    I was only operating with 512 RAM, and I think this is why the hard drive was working overtime and all the apps were so slow.

    I reinstalled the dimms and everything seems to be working back to what I expect.

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