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Please help me by telling what this is.

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Sounds like an old, noisy hard drive to me. Sometimes when they age, they make noise like that, particularly when they spin up initially. I would definitely make sure your data is backed up.

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That'd be my first thought.

No disc in your optical drive is there?

I've had success rolling up some paper into a tube as a makeshift stethoscope for locating misc noises in my rigs.

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In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.
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I have a new 1tb which I work off of. Transferred everything from the other 300g, which was erased, reformatted, and only has Leopard on it. I can't remember how far back the noise goes, possibly not long after I added the 300 to complement the original 160. So if it is the HD, it's dieing a sloooow death. Have two externals with full backup.

Why would the noise come through the audio channels?
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Dying hard drive unless you are an ambulance chaser?

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
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Why would the noise come through the audio channels?
Can't really account for that - but the noise is very familiar to me. In my professional life, I maintain a few hundred PCs (many of them quite old) and have heard this exact noise many times.

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Can't really account for that - but the noise is very familiar to me. In my professional life, I maintain a few hundred PCs (many of them quite old) and have heard this exact noise many times.
That's good enough for me. I'll pull the offender out tomorrow and report.
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