possible hard drive failure?

Discussion in 'Apple' started by Joseph O'Brien, Sep 2, 2003.

  1. I believe one of our older G4s has been showing signs of an imminent
    hard drive crash. However, before purchasing a new HD etc., I would
    like to rule out other causes.

    The problem has occurred at least 3 times in the last 3 weeks, and
    once about a 6 weeks ago. Quite simply, when the user arrives at work
    in the morning, her computer is on, but unresponsive. She forces a
    restart (using the small button on the front of the G4), but cannot
    get past the flashing question mark/happy Mac icon.

    Disk Warrior and Norton's both easily resurrect the drive. However, I
    have up until now been negligent about recording the errors. I seem
    to remember trouble with the directory structure or boot sector.

    For those of you who know, is this an early stage of hard drive
    failure, or could it be software that causes the system to crash? I
    plan on doing a few tests today, but if it sounds like hardware
    failure, then I won't even bother.

    Joseph O'Brien, Sep 2, 2003
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  2. Joseph O'Brien

    sam grey Guest

    if there's any critical data on it, back it up right away! which you
    probably have already.
    sam grey, Sep 3, 2003
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