Hard Drive Going Bad?

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  1. Tyler Dalton

    Tyler Dalton Master Guru

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    Well I haven't been having any problems but lately I've noticed sort of a pulsating hum. Honestly I thought it was a fan, I disconnected all the fans and the hum was still there; so I disconnected each hard drive and found that it was one of my hard drives making the pulsating hum. It's really quiet but it still concerns me. The hard drive in question is a Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB drive. I have 2 other Seagates and neither of them are making any noise. Is the hard drive going bad? It is almost exactly a year old.
     
  2. Glidefan

    Glidefan Don Booze Staff Member

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    It could be that it just had one of its screws loose.
     
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    maybe its vibrating against the case, mine do that some times. I associate grinding gravel with a drive going bad. If you hear that noise it cant be good.
     
  4. Tyler Dalton

    Tyler Dalton Master Guru

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    Now that I think about it I think your right, I think it might just be the harmonics of all 3 drives together causing a slight vibration.
     

  5. hallryu

    hallryu Don Altobello

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    Ticking, grinding, whining noises call be associated with a drive going bad. The problem is that you never know when unfortunately.

    Grab yourself a copy of Hirens Boot CD and run it. Loads of progs for checking hardware on there, just find the HDD checkers and see what they repot
     
  6. Amigafan35

    Amigafan35 Master Guru

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    I'd say your correct, I used to hear the same sound when I had 2 samsung f1's installed in my case, noise went away after I removed one of the drives, which I know use in my external sata docking station instead.

    By the way I use an app called `Hard disk sentinel` to keep track of my hd's health status, works like a charm & I wouldn't be without it.
     
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2011

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