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06-Jan-2007, 08:54 PM #1
Question Spinning sound of my hard disk platters
Hi,

I have a HP NX7010 laptop.

It is strange that I can hear the platter of my Hard disk spinning. The platter spins at certain moments and I can hear it spinning. It is exactly like the sound you hear when a CD/DVD is spinning in a CD/DVD drive.

Is there something to worry about? How can I check the condition and improve the life of my Harddisk?

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06-Jan-2007, 08:58 PM #2
Has this always done this or just lately?

You can go to the manufacturers site and use their diagnostics to test the drive I believe.

Defragged lately?
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06-Jan-2007, 09:05 PM #3
Its recent ... not more than a month
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06-Jan-2007, 09:06 PM #4
Understood......

How old is the Hard drive?

Do you hear it spin when you look for something on the drive?
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06-Jan-2007, 09:28 PM #5
I got it some where in Feb or March 2005.

Yes I do. There are times when it makes sounds enen when I am not using it. Other times are those when I access a not so recently accessed folder or something that doesn't seem to be in the cache.
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06-Jan-2007, 09:38 PM #6
Right click on the drive in My Computer > select properties
on the drive properties window on the General tab at the bottom is an option to turn on/off the Indexing Service, try turning it off. see if it makes a difference.
Defragging the drive usually helps too.
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06-Jan-2007, 09:47 PM #7
Indexing option disabled on the drives (2 partitions) but no effect. I think I should mention that I have Microsoft Desktop Search installed that indexes everything aswell.

Defragmentation is running. Will let you know when it completes.

Do I need to run some third party dignose tool or something else that I should do?
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06-Jan-2007, 09:51 PM #8
When you Started defrag is does a Analise first ...did you see a lot of red sections?
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06-Jan-2007, 10:16 PM #9
Around 35% in C partition (30GB) and around 60% in D partition (50GB)
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06-Jan-2007, 10:27 PM #10
I assume you have 2 partitions on the one drive......I would do a defrag on D drive also if it doesn't do one Automatically.

You have emptied you Temp folders regularly and check for any infections?
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07-Jan-2007, 04:19 AM #11
Done with the defragmentation.

Also done with deleting temporary files. Additionally I ran a 'click maintenance' of Tuneup Utility 2006 for all other things. Refer to the attached screenshot. I have corrected problems through clicking 'correct problems'

Still the issue remains
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07-Jan-2007, 06:35 AM #12
Does it do it when run from just the battery?
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07-Jan-2007, 06:42 AM #13
Yes

Another thought; It is my pure assumption that its HD platter is moving because it is the exact sound that the fast spinning CD/DVD makes. It can be any other thing which I may not be able to guess. As for now I am pretty convinced it's the sound of a rotating disk i.e. platters of the HD
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07-Jan-2007, 06:49 AM #14
I would start backing up your data just in case the drive is starting to die.
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07-Jan-2007, 06:50 AM #15
It's definitely not the fan spinning up...your sure it's the Hard drive?


Try it in safemode

1. Restart your computer.
2. When the machine first starts again it will generally list some equipment that is installed in your machine, amount of memory, hard drives installed etc. At this point you should gently tap the F8 key repeatedly until you are presented with a Windows XP Advanced Options menu.
3. Select the option for Safe Mode using the arrow keys.
4. Then press enter on your keyboard to boot into Safe Mode.
5. Do whatever tasks you require and when you are done reboot to boot back into normal mode.
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