Clicking noise and failed startup

December 11, 2009 at 08:58:42
Specs: OsX 10.5.8 (9L31a)
On startup my iMac makes four to five loud clicks perhaps a half second apart then hangs on a startup screen where the apple logo is replaced by a folder icon with a question mark in it. I can usually recover by powering down briefly and restarting the boot process. Startup occasionally fails twice in a row but it has never yet failed on the third attempt. Any ideas?

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December 11, 2009 at 09:13:44
I don't know squat about Macs. That said, if you have had to do this numerous times then it could be a failing hard drive. Determine what brand and model of drive you have and download the fitness utility from the manufacturer.

You make a disk and boot to it to test the drive.

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