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My hard drive is making a churning noise. We have two in the office, which get changed once in a while, both make this noise. Can you help, when I change them over is there a program that I have to go into to get it running.

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There is an arm in a harddisk that holds the read-write heads. This arm can move the heads to tracks near the hub or near the edge of the disk. A normal hard disk is 5 inches (12.5 cm) or so in diameter. This arm, therefore, can move about 2 inches (5 cm) across the face of the disk. The speed at which this arm can move is astonishing. The arm is very light, and its actuator is powerful and precise. The arm can slide across the face of the disk hundreds of times per second if it needs to.
As the hard-disk arm moves back and forth rapidly, it sets up vibrations that our ears hear as sounds.

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All you need to do is this:

font.f1 {font: 14.0px Times}  * From your desktop click anywhere on a blank space on your desktop.

*Now you should see Finder listed near the Apple menu icon.

* From the Finder menu, click on Go, then Utilities from the drop-down menu. This will take you to your Utilities folder.

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If you have all your data backed up elsewhere(including on the Mac), contact Iomega and have it replaced under warranty.

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