Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It's 100% free, no registration required.

This morning I am hearing an occasional periodic quiet clicking type noise from my macbook, from roughly the lower right quadrant, underneath the arrow keys. I have no CD/DVD in the optical drive. The noise repeats 5 to 10 times and then quits for a while, and it repeats at a regular rate of less than a second.

My question is: is that where my hard drive is? If not, what is in that spot?

share|improve this question

1 Answer 1

up vote 1 down vote accepted

As you can see in iFixit's teardown, the hard drive is located in the lower right corner. The lower left is pretty much just the battery, which doesn't really have any mechanical parts that could make a clicking sort of noise.

Perhaps listen a little closer and see if you can isolate the noise better. I would also strongly recommend making regular backups if you don't already, as a clicking hard drive is not a good sound, if that is where it's coming from.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.