For the last few weeks I've been dealing with the increasingly ear-splitting sound of a dying hard drive. Yup the MacBook Pro was making noises like the disk was a dying. It is one of those tough things because I can't really afford the time to take it in for repair. Sooner or later, however, it becomes necessary. The high pitched whine became more and more annoying. At the same time when you become aware of something annoying it is harder and harder to ignore.
Today I noticed the power cord indicated it was charging the computer. Odd I thought since it's been consistently plugged in for quite a while. When the power was disconnected the sound vanished. It turns out that while you can run a 17-inch MacBook Pro on a 60W power adapter it's not a great idea to do it for long periods of time.
So having stuck the proper power adapter on the computer and the other one back in the drawer it is time to enjoy the silence.... but wait my breathing just got a lot louder... Read more about Ear splitting whine