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hi fellow forum users, i'm new here. i encountered a problem with my MacBook Pro, and felt i might get some response here. all of a sudden, my mac makes much mechanical noise coming from within. do you think this is a big problem? thanks.
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Depending on your model there are only three things that can make a mechanical noise;
the optical drive
the hard disk
the cooling fan(s)

My bet is that it's the fan(s)

Which Mac do you have and how old is it?

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Can you tell us more about your MacBook Pro's configuration? Does it have an SSD or a hard drive? In my experience, mechanical noise is typically from a hard drive (most folks recognize the sound of a fan pretty easily). If this is the case, you need to back up your hard drive quickly - mechanical noise from a hard drive is usually a leading indicator of hard drive failure, and in the very near future. Back up as quickly as possible.

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I had this problem and it's the fan it has a lot of dirt already. hihihi
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