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Hard drive makes beeping sounds and then BSOD

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  1. Alex Ethridge

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    I have two hard drives here that are still in warranty. Both are Seagate 2TB drives of the same model, both ordered at the same time about a year and a half ago. One is installed in a system as a secondary drive and the other as a third drive. Both drives will occasionally Blue Screen and start a rythmic beeping sound about once per second or two. Restarting the computer does not help; however, turning the computer off and disconnecting the power cord for a half minute or so seems to clear the problem for a couple of weeks or a month.

    The drives test good both with the Seagate DOS-mode tester and with the Windows tester.

    I am sure the beeping sounds are being emitted by these two drives as I have (because of this problem) moved them both to a position where I can place my ear tightly against them in order to be absolutely certain.

    I have the data on these drives duplicated on other drives so nothing is at risk.

    So, if the drives test good, what are other possible causes?
     
  2. DoubleHelix

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    Hard drives can't beep. Motherboards can.
     
  3. DaveBurnett

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    I think he might be referring to the noise the armature makes when seeking on a duff disk.
     
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  5. Alex Ethridge

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    To be clear, I stated the hard disks are making beeping sounds. People don't moo either, cows do; but, people can make mooing sounds. Duck callers don't quack; but, they make quacking sounds.

    It is not the motherboard making the sound. The sound is coming from the hard disk. As stated earlier, I placed my ear tightly against the disk drive and there is no mistake about it.

    Now back to the original question: If the drives test good, what are other possible causes?
     
  6. DoubleHelix

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    I posted a link to hard drive sounds. Go listen to them, and tell us which sound you hear.
     
  7. DaveBurnett

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    I think you need to talk to Seagate.
     
  8. Alex Ethridge

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    The closest one I heard was one that sounded more like a buzz-n-click. There is no click with this one. It sounds like a tiny, tiny horn.

    "Beep" is actually the closest word; but, I have heard this type sound from many hard disks over the years and every one is a little different.

    If it is the hard disks, then it is both and they have been having this anomaly every month or two since they were new. Strange.
     
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    Record it and upload it.

    It's practically impossible to troubleshoot a "sound" by explaining it in words. That's why that site is so helpful. I have absolutely no frame of reference for any kind of "beep" or "horn" noise coming from a hard drive.
     
  10. Alex Ethridge

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    I'll try; but, the way it has been going, it could be a month or even two before it happens again. Then again, it could be tonight. We'll see.
     
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    Okay, I finally have a definitive answer to put on this.

    I now have the classic "Click of Death".

    Both drives have been "blowing their horns" so I guess they both need to go back to Seagate.
     
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