Noisy hard drive on new laptop

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Morthian

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I just purchased a new notebook computer. The hard drive seems to be constantly making an annoying sound (like several times per minute) even when the HD isn't really active. It sounds like a noisy CD drive switching tracks or struggling to read a disc. It's not absurdly loud, but it can still be easily heard from about 20 ft away in a quiet room. What is this noise?

I called for a replacement, but its going to take weeks to get it, and I fear the new laptop might have the same problem. I have never heard a laptop make noise like this before.
 
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It's pretty hard to conclude anything from what you have said. How can you be sure it is the hard drive, expecially when you say that "the HD isn't really active"? There is really no time when a machine is running that the hard drive is not active. Data is being exchanged at all times.

Are there any CD's in the bay? Does the cooling fan make a distinctly different noise? How does the drive light act during the times you hear this noise?
 
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