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Maxtor makes strange sound

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  1. 4plus2

    4plus2 Thread Starter

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    Hello,

    Ive got this 60GB Maxtor external USB hard drive and sometimes when I shut down the PC this drive makes a strange chirping sound and the light on the front flickers.
    The drive still seems okay, but is this sound anything to be concerned about and how would I stop it, as currently I restart the PC and shut it down again.

    Thanks
     
  2. JohnWill

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    I'd make sure you have two copies of everything on that drive. :)
     
  3. 4plus2

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    I have copied everything off the drive and assume its about to explode and Ive had it for less than 1 year. Wish I could find the receipt ! Wouldnt buy another Maxtor.
     
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    You might want to run the Maxtor diagnostics on it to see what it turns up.
     
  5. 4plus2

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    Thanks JohnWill, but Ive been unable to find the tool and I uninstalled all the crap the drive came with. Is there a standalone diagnostics tool? Could you please provide me with a link. Thanks.
     
  6. JohnWill

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    The CD that came with the drive should have a link to create a bootable floppy with the disk diagnostic on it.

    Note that it appears that the Maxtor diagnostic will not handle USB connected drives, so you need to remove the drive from the enclosure and connected it as a secondary to test it. Here's a link to the download, and the user guide link is also on this page.

    http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...toid=a37d8b9c4a8ff010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD
     
  7. 4plus2

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    Bit much for me. So might just use the drive as a temporary drive to transfer files and thats it as it still works but I cant reply on it.
     
  8. 4plus2

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    This drive now lives in the Hall Closet. RIP.
     
  9. Rich-M

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    Excellent place for anything Maxtor branded!!!!
     
  10. JohnWill

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    Note that Maxtor has now started to ship drives with a 5 year warranty, they must have either decided to take the loss, or they're producing a better product. :D
     
  11. Rich-M

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    Well it could be a sales gimmick because I still throw them out when they die anyway. Why chance getting back one that is worse than you had? Before that I sold the refurbished crap they shipped back on eBay and then decided my conscience could not even take burning people I didn't know.
     
  12. dick471

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    Anytime a Maxtor makes chirping sound; it's the lid on your trash can calling for food!
     
  13. 4plus2

    4plus2 Thread Starter

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    I miss having a external drive and want to get another but what brand is best?
     
  14. JohnWill

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    I'd consider WD or Seagate.
     
  15. Rich-M

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    Agreed WD or Seagate in that order.
     
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