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The harddisk makes noise and doesnt respond the Mac computer

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Let the computer run for 15 minutes then switch it off, wait a minute, and then start it up again. If there is a repeated clicking sound then it is more than likely that your hard drive is broken and you will need to take it to a qualified technician to look at it.

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