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    Failing Hard Drive/RAM/Other?
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    Failing Hard Drive/RAM/Other?
    Dear all

    I'll try to keep my post as brief as possible. And, advanced warning: I'm not very 'tech'! Apologies for that.

    I have an early 2008 iMac, which is behaving excessively sluggish of late. Have previously posted a question on this forum. Others think it may be a failing hard drive. Here is a link to the previous conversation:

    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/os-...ease-help.html

    Today I found out there is a thing called Apple Hardware Test, and so I've run it! It has given me the following as an error code:

    4MOT/2/40000004: HDD-1407

    Can anyone tell me what this error code means, or where I can find out what it means?

    Is my hard drive dead? Or is it some other hardware issue, like the RAM or something?

    Seriously grateful for any advice from you tech savvy individuals, thank you very much!

    Will

    p.s. the link I provided contains sufficient info on the background to my problem, should you be interested.

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    Failing Hard Drive/RAM/Other?
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    My bet would be HD failure but to answer a few questions first did this happen all the sudden?
    How much free space on drive?
    Did this happen after an app download?
    Are you using some form of anti-virus (hope not)?

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    Failing Hard Drive/RAM/Other?

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    Fan Motor
    The error code 4MOT referrs to your fan motor, which cools the inside of the computer. The HDD part most likely refers to your hard drive, so I'd guess that your hard drive fan has failed. If you can still run applications, download the Temperature Monitor, and look in your menu bar to see if any temperatures are outstandingly high. I would suggest going into a Mac store to ask about fan replacement.

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    Failing Hard Drive/RAM/Other?
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    Please check the link provided in my initial post, as all the info is there:

    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/os-...ease-help.html

    Thank you.

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    Failing Hard Drive/RAM/Other?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bster98 View Post
    The error code 4MOT referrs to your fan motor, which cools the inside of the computer. The HDD part most likely refers to your hard drive, so I'd guess that your hard drive fan has failed. If you can still run applications, download the Temperature Monitor, and look in your menu bar to see if any temperatures are outstandingly high. I would suggest going into a Mac store to ask about fan replacement.

    Thank you for this info!

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    Failing Hard Drive/RAM/Other?

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    Fan
    If you want to see if the fan works, you can try using This fan tester, which turns on the fans with a GUI

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