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Model A1312 / Mid 2011 / 2.7 & 3.1 GHz Core i5 or 3.4 GHz Core i7 Processor, ID iMac12,2

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Hard drive is making a clicking noise

Lately my iMac's HD has been making a "clicking" noise intermittently - is it on the verge of failing? When the issue begins my iMac freezes until the noise stops. I've ran several SMART tests with a 100% pass rate.

Should I replace it before it fails? Or is there anything else I can do to diagnose and/or fix the issue?

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Sounds like a bad hard drive to me. Your machine is under warranty so take it in ASAP after you have backed up your data.

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Hi David,

  • Your hard drive is producing clicking sound, this might be due to any physical damage received.
  • Take the data back up immediately, either image it or clone the drive.
  • But, if your drive is inaccessible then run a Mac data recovery software to get back your files. You can download a data recovery Mac software to do this -
  • Avoid any further experiment or diagnosis of your drive until and unless you are expertise enough to do so.


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