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Hard drive making grinding sounds

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Cebkent, Jul 22, 2002.

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  1. Cebkent

    Cebkent Thread Starter

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    A hard drive on one of our office computers in making unpleasant sounds--kinda sounds like a car in desperate need of a tuneup :rolleyes:

    To what culprit, generally, would a loud hard drive be attributable? Does it mean it might be overheating? Or getting ready to die? Haven't had any failures on it thus far. It's behaving fine, just loud--sorta sounds like it's hitting small rocks or something as it spins. What can/should I do to diagnose?

    Thanks for everyone's help!
     
  2. Pendragon

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  3. Cebkent

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    Hi. Thanks for your link--it's not that kind of a sound though.

    After reading additional posts (which I should have done earlier, but I figured a search on "noise" would produce too many posts to sift through--little did I know there was a recent post on the same subject) I found that the culprit is often the fans. I'll take the cover off & blow around a bit and see if that helps, especially since I've not had any hard drive errors so far.

    My apologies for posting without doing more reading first... If cleaning the inside doesn't help, I'll report back. :)
     
  4. Pendragon

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    Alternatively it could be a headcrash which is probably irreperable but if it appears to be working fine aside from the sound then it's probably not this.
     
  5. WarC

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    A suddenly noisy harddrive is more often than not a warning for you to back things up and get ready for doomsday : P If the previous post doesn't help, than I suggest buying a new harddrive and ghosting the originals contents to the new one.
     
  6. Pendragon

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    As he said. If its suddenly started being noisy very recently and expecially if it's not a new HDD it could be a head crash or another soon-to-be fatal error.
    If it does go down before you're able to back up any important info.. there are companies that will be able to salvage some, if not all of the data. But it comes at a price.
     
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