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Hard drive grinding

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by novalovesmel, Jun 1, 2006.

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  1. novalovesmel

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    Hello. Yesterday my hard drive started grinding. When it does it it lasts for a few seconds and then stops and computer goes as normal. What should I do?
     
  2. bonk

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    Backup your files from the drive NOW before it stops completely!!
     
  3. Rumpo-Stiltskin

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    What makes you say it's the hard drive?
    Are you sure it isn't a fan?

    Check your chipset and graphic card fans first. ;)
     
  4. Rich-M

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    yeah hard drives usually click, fans grind. Why not take the cover off and really listen.
     
  5. novalovesmel

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    Well I figured it was the hard drive because its when I clicked to start windows, when I opened word..things like that is when it makes the sound so it made sense to me that it woul dbe the hard drive working to bring those things up.
     
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    To find out for sure would be to open the side cover and put a pencil on the drive and then try accessing something and you should feel something through the pencil
     
  7. Rumpo-Stiltskin

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    If the noise is directly attributable to your user activities and ties in with the drive access light on the front of your computer, then it probably is your drive.

    As "bonk" stated, you should back up any data you want to save and start thinking about a new drive!

    Grab a copy of Speedfan:

    http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=337

    .... and use the drive diagnostics in the SMART tab for some confirmation, and certainly, there's no substitute for some physical confirmation.
     
  8. novalovesmel

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    [​IMG]

    This is what speedfan says
     
  9. Rumpo-Stiltskin

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    That's a pretty cut down analysis, and good but not perfect.
    Looks like it's an unrecognised drive (to their database).

    You're going to have to open your case and see if you can home in on the sound.
    It's a good opportunity to clean out your case and perform a data backup, regardless of what's eventually found to be defective.
     
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    Agreed, WD diag. will give you an error code to use to return drive if necessary. Also, the note at the bottom says that the drive should be replaced.
     
  12. Rumpo-Stiltskin

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    Well spotted!! :eek:
     
  13. Rich-M

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    Yeah I can't believe we didn't see that
     
  14. novalovesmel

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    Ran the WD program for the fast one and just says pass and I am now running the indepth one.
     
  15. novalovesmel

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    That one passed as well...hmmm.
     
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