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Draplin Design Co., North America
August 11, 2010
The Ill-Fated Click of Death?
Posted at 05:52 PM


OUR FOURTH AND FINAL: Jess wrapped up our “Bonus Scraps” episode from our little World’s Longest Yard Sale movie thing late last night. It’s up and for yer viewing pleasure right now. Just some cutting room floor scraps we just couldn’t let go to waste. Good, clean fun. More Evan and more Dale. Just what you need. Gigantic hunks of shit. All of us. Revel in it.

We had an incredible fucking time out there. So thankful to have been able to go 2008’s and 2009’s romps. Blew it for 2010. I’m not gonna miss 2011’s.

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SCARY THINGS IN OUR LINE OF WORK: There’s a weird click going on in my Mac Pro Tower. A scary-ass click. I did diagnostics on my drives last night. My main drive with all the data on it checked out fine. My secondary drive for my Time Machine backup did a weird stalling thing in the verifying of the desk. So maybe that click was coming from the secondary hard drive, a haunting preface to “imminent hard drive failure?”

So I got up early and got on the horn with Apple to figure out a plan. They sent me in to the local Apple joint in Traverse City and the guy switched out my 1tb secondary drive for a 2tb drive. And just for the hell of it, we put another 1tb drive in too. So, if I got back and the clicking was gone, then that meant my secondary Time Machine drive was on it’s way out. Problem solved, right?

Well, that isn’t the case. I got back, initialized the two new drives and wouldn’t you know it, shit’s still clicking like a heartbeart.

All my shit’s backed up twice on externals, so we can breathe easy. Any email or work is taking place on my laptop for the time being. I’m gonna take the rig back into town tomorrow morning to see if the local guys can get to the bottom of it. Gonna let the AppleCare handle this one.

Why am I telling you this? Because it’s just another chapter in the “backing up paradox” we all face. It’s so easy to do, but so many of us don’t have it together. I got my shit together about five years back with internal raid systems, and weekly external backup. Copies and copies and copies. Just in case.

Back it up then back it up then back it up. That’s our policy for these bytes.

Anyhoo, I’m freaked out my main drive is on a one lane highway to hard drive hell. We’ll see.

There Are 2 Comments

Yo, have your power supply checked out. If it’s not a failing HD (as you seem to have ruled out), then a clicking almost always comes from a failing power supply or a failing fan, and when a fan is failing, you can really hear a distinctive kind of clicking. Would be interested to know if you’ve have any unexplained power-offs or other power-related issues with this machine. It’s not uncommon for power supplies to shit the bed on Mac Pros. I’ve seen it happen quite a few times.

Posted by: Damien Barrett on 08/11/10 at 7:44 PM

Great videos. I enjoyed them. Also, since you’re into retro advertising and stuff, I thought you might like to know that Popular Science has its entire magazine catalog (every page) digitalized. Its graphic magazines date back to the 1920s or so, so there’s a lot of cool graphics from advertisement inserts, etc. to look at. It’s all free to access too! Check it out, http://www.popsci.com/results?query=1940

Posted by: Jules on 08/12/10 at 8:16 AM
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