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Hello all, Can anyone recommend a SATA Hard Drive enclosure with Firewire and Cooling fan? Is there a particular brand or model you have had good success with? Thanks in advance. Ronnie
"Jucius Maximus" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > wrote in message news: XXXX@XXXXX.COM ... > The hard drive (IBM 40 GB) on my iceBook started clicking loudly and > groaning yesterday. I am aware that this probably means the drive is > toast. Fortunately this started happenning right *after* I had finished > burning my important files to CD. Furthermore, it is still under warranty. > > After that I powered it off immediately, and I have only turned it on just > now to FTP other files to my desktop. I have noticed that the clicking and > groaning is gone. It will probably start making noise once it gets hot > again. > > Basically, my dilemma is, "How do I demonstrate this problem to a service > tech so I can get the drive replaced?" If I can't get it to make the > noise, they don't have a way of diagnosing the problem and justifying a > warranty repair. > > Does anyone have any constructive suggestions? While I'm not a Mac tech (yet anyway) I'm a certified pc tech. You are correct in that the clicking is usually a sign of a serious drive problem or a dying drive. The recommended course is to back-up all data as soon as possible. If the drive is keep being used with the clicking it will die hard at some point. With PC's it's usual to run a diagnostic drive utility from the hard drive manufacturer to determine if the drive is defective and any error code that comes up to help the tech. I assume Macs have something similar, I haven't use one on a full time basis. If I was the tech and a client came in and told me the drive was clicking; I'd personally just swap the drive no questions asked. You can't do much to demonstrate the issue, just tell the tech the problem and they will attempt to verify the issue. If it's under warranty then they should swap the drive out since it's a sign of a bad or failing drive. I suggest you back up all your data or better yet transfer the files to another 'healthy' system for burning. Take the unit in and explain the issue to the tech and they should replace the drive. Best of luck, Rick