So, I've been hearing a clicking sound coming from my macbook for about a week now. The last few days the system has just been locking itself up when I try to type anything.

Now, at startup I see this:

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I'm assuming that the clicking was "the click of death" and my hard drive is fried. Or am I wrong?

3 Answers 3


That's the most likely scenario.

Have you tried booting from a system disc? I'd recommend doing that, and then running Disk Utility and see what it says about the drive.

  • Thanks Dori, I've had this sucker for a long time and for the life of me, can't remember where my system disk is. I think it's time to retire this bad boy. Sep 28, 2010 at 22:37

not necessary:)

your mac just cannot where your OS is,

check here and if not helps, reformat HDD and install fresh OS


  • Thanks Stalker, I had my HDD tested and one of the arms is right off it's rocker Sep 29, 2010 at 17:15
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    According to that link, the first thing to try is "Start up from a system software CD or DVD, and repair your disk using Disk Utility." Boy, that sounds kinda familiar
    – Dori
    Sep 30, 2010 at 3:32

My MacBook is an older one - OSX 10.5.8 . It has had the "folder of death" problem twice recently. The first time I tried all the "fixes" recommended but to no avail. I did not attempt wiping the HDD. I put it aside for a couple of weeks and was surprised to have it come good after that. Today it went bad again. The clicking noise sounded like the HDD was stuck somehow. So I gave it a thump on my knee and it booted normally. I don't know if this cure is repeatable or works in all cases but for me it put off the inevitable trip to the Apple store for a while.

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