[Ti] Ti harddisk question

David Grieve dgrieve at cfl.rr.com
Mon Mar 13 06:24:04 PST 2006

Here is what I would do. ( I have had 3 powerbook and changed drives in 
all three--but mostly because they were too small.  2 of the 3 older 
drives eventually failed)  You have the new drive anyway.  Put the new 
drive in the case, Clone the installed drive onto the New drive.  Test 
reboot on the new drive.  Then exchange the drives.  Hard Drives are 
mechanical and will eventually fail.  After 3 and 1/2 years it is 
probably time--especially in a laptop.

paulatx1 at aol.com wrote:

> My Ti800  Powebook is  3 1/2 years old now, and I have never had any 
> trouble with the harddrive or CD drive.    Back in October, I noticed 
> there was a "growling" noise coming from the computer.  It seemed to 
> come and go; didn't seem to matter if I had been using the machine for 
> hours or just a few minutes; didn't seem to matter if I was using the CD 
> or not; didn't seem to matter if the machine was running really hot  or 
> not   [hey ...there were times  you could burn your legs through 
> bluejeans if you had this machine sitting on your lap].   The growling 
> continued and actually got more frequent and louder until February  when 
> it began to lessen in frequency and volume.   [Back in October and 
> November, after being hit by Hurricane Rita, getting the computer 
> repaired didn't seem anywhere near as important as  recovering from the 
> hurricane.]
>     I finally made enough money  to buy a replacement drive and I was 
> going to replace the harddrive this weekend.  I think I have downloaded 
> enough "how to" articles; I already own the torx screwdrivers; I have 
> data backed up.   I bought an external drive case to slip the old one 
> into  to carboncopyclone  the original drive back into the new one 
> (after the new one is formatted).
>      Here is what is bothering me:  I downloaded and installed SMART 
> Reporter after seeing it mentioned on this list.  It says this drive is 
> fine.    What if the growling noise I heard was not the harddrive?   The 
> drive in question is an IBM 40 GB.   Should I swap out the drive 
> anyway?  (I have never swapped out a drive in a portable before.)   
> Could it be the fan?   Would the CD  spin up  if there was not a disk in 
> it?       Is there some other utility I could use to let the computer 
> check itself?   If it is something like the fan, where is the fan?  Can 
> I access it?
>     Thanks for any advice.
>                  Paula

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