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Seagate Hard drive makes horrible chirping noises on boot-up

Q: Seagate Hard drive makes horrible chirping noises on boot-up


The harddrive makes this chirping noise for about 20 seconds when I power on the computer, please see the link.

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After that and the rest of the time it runs fine.

Could it be a power supply issue on startup or is there something definitely wrong with my hard drive.

Many thanks

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A: Seagate Hard drive makes horrible chirping noises on boot-up

It's most likely a dying hard drive. It may still be under a 5-year warranty

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Hi there people, This a follow to a previous thread I started as my former 400 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200 HDD was faulty. I have since returned it to Seagate who took over a month to send me a new one!

The problem is the one they sent me doesn't seem to work either, it makes a horrible noise on start-up and then in Bios it reports the status as bad and advises to first back up and then replace the drive. Once it boots into windows it seems o.k but often causes crashes and some really slow performance. I use it as a media drive and it has a lot of video and audio files on it.

The problem is really getting to me as I need the drive for my work and I worried that if I send them back this drive they are just going to send me another that doesn't work and also it cost me every time I send it back! If anyone has anay advice on what it could be please let me know, does it sound as if it's a problem with the rest of my pc or just the drives their sending me? The first HDD problem was different to this one so I guess it's just the drives that are at fault.

Thanks in advance,


A:Seagate Hard drive has bad status and makes horrible noises on boot-up!

Difficult to tell, depends on the noise, is it clicking, or whirring noisily ?

Tried chkdsk to scan your hard drive in search of a wide range of errors. This tool can also attempt to correct a number of hard drive problems.

Would lean more towards the HDD being faulty rather then the PC, but as I said difficult to tell without further analysis.


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A:my hard drive makes very strange noises when my co...

Hello, Could you give me the first ten characters of the computer serial number (S/N)? Only the first ten.

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I have built a new gaming pc a few months now, I noticed that my hard drive makes noises when I boot the system for a few seconds then it stops. I have games and personal data saved on my WD 1 TB PC Hard Drive - Blue and windows 10 is running from my Kington ssd drive. Is this a sign of a dying hard drive because hard drives shouldn't make that noise. I have ran disk check and found no errors on the drive, the drive is working fine. Should I get a replacement coz its still under warranty??????????

A:My hard drive makes mechanical noises at startup?????????

I'd switch to a WD Black series ... 5yr warranty ... dual platter supports.
How many hours on the drive ???
Samsung or WD Blue SSDs are better for the next time.

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I have a Compaq laptop that had a bad hard drive (a 40gb Seagate Momentus 4200.2). I replaced the HD and reinstalled the OS and laptop is working fine. But I'm wondering what's wrong with the old HD and if it can be fixed. If I connect it to my desktop, using my "S-ATA&IDE-to-USB" adapter, the HD spins-up but just makes continuous clicking noise and is not recognized as a new device by the desktop's XP operating system. Is the hardware bad or is there a boot file that is corrupt? I'm looking for suggestions - thanks - Bill in Maryland

A:Laptop Hard Drive Makes Clicking Noises

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My computer has a slow start up, and after its done, you know the noise you hear when you click something, it prosses that, well i hear that like ever hhalf second. duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh, and when i watch videos, its skipps every half second, programs load slow, i do cleanup! and xoftscan and alot of other things, can see whats wrong? thank you.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 1:48:12 PM, on 1/7/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0011)

Running processes:
c:\program files\mcafee.com\agent\mcdetect.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\New Boundary\PrismXL\PRISMXL.SYS
C:\Program Files\Digital Media Reader\shwiconem.exe
C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD\PDVDServ.exe
C:\Program Files\Realtek\InstallShield\AzMixerSel.exe
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I realise this is a very specific issue indeed, and also kind of a '1st world' issue... but I'd like to know what's causing my Gigabyte P57Xv7 laptop to boot twice, every time whenever my 4TB Seagate Backup Plus USB3.0 drive is connected to it. Here are the salient points:

The first boot doesn't even make it to the spinning Windows circle, it only gets to the initial Gigabyte screen, then after a few seconds it reboots.
It's not the same type of double boot that occurs whenever you first plug in a new USB device (which I assume is for the BIOS to enumerate the new device?) - those boots are much shorter than this one.
It only boots twice when the boot is from a shutdown state. Not when it's a Windows 10 restart.
However I doubt it's a Windows issue, as it happens even when I disable Windows Boot Manager in BIOS (which makes the laptop boot straight into BIOS instead of loading Windows 10)
I've tried various BIOS settings (like enabling/disabling USB Legacy Support)
I've also tried various Windows settings (like disabling Hibernation and playing with various Power settings)
The Seagate drive is not a boot drive, and there are no hidden/system files in the root directory. Its file system in NTFS.
The drive has passed all of Seagate's tests via its SeaTools program.
While I don't have an awful lot of other hardware to play with, I can tell you that 1) the Seagate does not cause another older laptop to do the same thing... Read more

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My experience with this 1TB network drive is about the worst in 25 years of assembling my own PCs.

I bought the drive as a solution to back up three PCs on a home wireless network. The one drive would always be available for back up.

The drive is bundled with Memeo back up software which needs to be installed on each PC with password required to access, even if there is only one user. The software is designed to do real time back ups to a location on the drive, updating the backup as changes occur. Disasters of course occur if you change the backup and not the original.

The program worked on one PC, the one connected by ethernet to the router. It did not work on the other two wireless connections. Contacting Memeo, as Seagate required. was useless. I had to tell someone named Jason three times to read my question. He kept answering questions I was not asking. Finally he sent back a solution completely incomprehensible.

My objective is to always have a recent image of my each harddrive backed up. I tried Win7 backup routine and discovered that Win7 Home Premium will not see networked drives. Apparently Win 7 Professional and ultimate will.

I had experience with Easus backup but needed the pay version to see a networked drive. OK I paid $39.00. But that wouldn't work either. Easeus support couldn't solve that, saying its a network or drive issue.

Finally I contacted Seagate support. Their answer was they don't support third party software. Truly the last time they ... Read more

A:Horrible Seagate Goflex_Home Network Drive.

I am having the same problem. My laptop won't recognize it after I put on a lot of data. No real support provided, only a merry go round maize of useless information.

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I have an Alienware Sentia m3200. My optical drive is not working. If I insert a disc, I get the gruntish things every second or so, but the discs never show up. (See the wav file) If I was stingy on the info and specs, please ask for more info.

Any ideas?

A:Optical Drive won't read, makes strange noises.

Try a new ide cable, if that doesn`t help, uninstall the drive from your device manager and reboot your computer. Windows will redetect the drive.

If it`s still no go, your drive may have died on you and a replacement may be necessary.

Regards Howard

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i just got the replacement toshiba lightscribe drive in the mail yesterday and it plays EVERYTHING fine but will NOT write without making u think the drive is about to self destruct. it gives off these weird crunching sounds like the drive is laboring really bad and it takes a minute for it to eject when this happens. can anyone help me before i call HP tomorrow and rip them a new one? unless im overlooking somethin i'd say i got a faulty drive.......AGAIN.

A:Solved: DVD/CD-R drive makes weird noises when writing

Don't write at max speed. Better test with lower speed option 16x or 24x. If it is again producing sound then call for ur h/w vendor. Try good quality media while writing not the cheaper one.

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A new laptop's empty DVD drive/tray makes a short little noise whenever the computer is turned on or woken from sleep, as well as randomly during use. When the DVD tray is open, the noise doesn't happen.
Could it point to something unsafe in the computer, or is it just another harmless annoyance that I can get used to and ignore (like fan noise in other computers, etc.)?

Thank you.

A:New Asus empty DVD drive makes noises. Safe?

Just an annoyance. Won't hurt anything.

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Hi guys

I have been having trouble with a hard drive. It is from an old computer of mine and it has some stuff on it that I want. It is an IDE drive, but my mobo is a sata board so I went to maplins to get an adaptor to switch between the 2.

I know this adaptor works as I use it for my laptop hdd (which is now also in my desktop) and it works perfectly.

The bios recognises this dodgy hdd and is fine with it, but when I try to load windows, it just hangs once all the little squares have joined together to make the windows sign at the boot screen...it sits there "glowing" for ages

I have tried disabling the hdd in the bios, tried switching the switch on the adaptor the other way and nothing happens...windows will only boot if i unplug the power to it.

There is no bootable info on this hdd, just a few files

Any help will be gratefully received

A:Hard Drive Makes Boot Hang

Will it boot with just the adapter...no hard drive?

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Here's a video. https://www.dropbox.com/s/safnkf9usq...%2002.mov?dl=0

Please advise what the issue might be?

I know I don't have the USB cable attached in the video but that doesn't make any difference.

Also I notice there's two pins next to the power connector, should this have a jumper, I have the caddy / docking station plugged into my MacBook via USB ?


A:Satellite P300 2TB sata drive makes 6 noises in repetition


I'm having the same issue with this product. I've got the drive plugged in with sata and power, but it makes the 6 noises and won't appear in the Bios so is currently unusable. Did you fix the issue?

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I'll try to explain what happened as quickly and clearly as possible. I have had a lot of problems with my cpu overheating (the room its in can get very hot), and when it shut down for the last time it wouldnt boot anymore, no error beeps but lights and fans would turn on. then the fans in the PSU stopped working and shortly afterwards it blew up. computer specs at the time were:-
PSU: Codegen 550w
m/b: abit nf7-s m/b (not sure of bios version)
cpu: amd xp2800
ram: 2 x corsair PC3200 512mb
Video: MSI Geforce Ti4200 128mb
HDD's: 1x120gb Seagate Baracuda (ST3120026A), 1x200gb Seagate Baracuda (ST3200822A), and 1x200gb Western Digital Caviar (WD2000JB - 00FUA0)

after replacing the PSU, and testing each piece of hardware, it was determined that the m/b was faulty as CPU RAM and everything else worked on other computers. replaced that and got an Asus A7N8X-X. Computer worked again, however, the Western Digital HDD started reported errors and chkdsk tried to fix them however it would hang. I would skip that and get into windows and it kept momentarily freezing, and whenever accessing files on that HDD it would pause all the time, but files like mp3's and movie files still played. tried running norton disk doctor but that froze on me. and then windows stopped booting. The HDD would then start making bad clicking sounds like it was jammed or scratching or something, and sometimes it would show up in the bios but most of the time it would just freeze. an... Read more

A:200gb hdd makes clicking noises and doesnt boot, need to recover data if possible

Whoa, Whoa! Back up a bit!
You have a very plenty hard drive space, why three hard disk, you would only need two or one! the clicking and whining from hard drive is normal <especially from Western Digital Caviar Hard disks> here some suggestion... start with one of hard disk that boot OS, place it in master with IDE1. put ST3200822A in slave along IDE1. put your optical drive (cdrom/rw/dvdrom/rw) in master along IDE2. Add WD2000JB in slave along IDE2.

Consider to purchase low profile high perfomance copper heatsink for your amd xp +2800. if it wont work, pull either one of 200gb hard disk and store it for later use.


P.S. it has nothing to do with your ram. you would need to update with os. Sound like you have hdd detection problem. I think you are in windows 98se. go to microsoft.com and type the search box = kb263044. download it and you are good to go.

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I have installed Windows 10 and started installing drivers on this page https://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/hp-envy-touchsmart-15-j100-notebook-pc-series/54011... sp77075.exe Seagate Hard Drive Firmware Update When this etup is run now Windows does not boot. I boot in to Tiny core terminal and nothing goes on. Please help. Thanks.

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I got this laptop yesterday, and it seems to be periodically making a sound like an angry budgie or cricket occasionally. It's not coming from the speakers, but seems to be coming from the top right-hand side of the laptop, but I can't tell if it sounds electronic or like metal squeaking on metal. I really don't want to have to send this laptop back, I don't have the receipt to hand and I need this to do university coursework, so does anyone have any ideas as to how to isolate the issue? The chirping seems to be entirely at random, and independent of how intensive the things I'm doing are (like, it doesn't happen much when gaming or watching videos, but it beeps a lot while browsing the internet or word-processing). Please help! Morri

A:HP Pavilion 15-ab100na Laptop making chirping noises

Hi @HearTheRequiem?,Thank you for visiting the HP Forums! A great place where you can find solutions for your issues with help from the community!I came across your post about the Notebook, and wanted to assist you! I have looked into your issue about your HP Pavilion 15-ab100na  Notebook making chirping noises. Some say you could restore the BIOS to factory defaults help with this. Here is a document that shows you how to restore BIOS factory default settings. That way it will look at the Hardware installed on the Notebook. You could  try using the Windows Update Troubleshooting tool to fix any updates that have not come through for Windows.  Please restart the Notebook twice to make sure all update have been completed!Please let me know how this goes.You can say thanks for trying to help by clicking the Thumbs Up below!.Thanks.

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Sir My laptop is making a low but annoying chirping sound from the hdd location..&nbsp;is this a indication for hardware failure issue ?

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hello, i have just purchased a Seagate 3tb barracuda HDD sata 3. i have placed it into a windows 7. it is a full partition. I have noticed an irritating constant chirping coming from the hdd. it sounds as if its being access persistantly however it is an empty storage drive. should i be concerned. is anybody else having this same problem.

A:Seagate 3tb barracuda HDD sata 3 is making a constant rapid chirping.

It's possible that you received a defective drive. Seagate has a free hard drive diagnostic called SeaTools. There are two versions: SeaTools for Windows and SeaTools for DOS. I'd use the Windows version first. The DOS version requires burning an ISO image. Click the "Download" link on the SeaTools page.

About.com: http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/seatools

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ok i have a Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive and i need to the max of hard drive i can run or allow on my DEll Optiplex 740  small factor tower plus  also need help about if i can upgrade my  ADM Athlon Dual core Processor 4850e  and higher?

A:want to upgrade my hard drive Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive

Any 3.5" drive at 2T or under should work fine.  Upgrading the CPU would mean buying used - these CPUs went out of production not long after your system was current - and that was a decade ago.

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yep, i know it's dead- but i just want to know what happened to it. o turned the system on- and the 10 gig quantum was fine for a couple of hours, but then it started making these very loud noises- sounded like if you were to take a cdrom disk and spin it on it's side, it would be fine for a little bit, until it started to slow down, then it would start hitting the table harder and harder, then eventually fall and stop.
this is what i imagined the hdd disk inside must have been doing.
the first time i heard it, i was in regedit, so i quickly closed it and shutdown the system. i let it rest for a bit, then tried again. it wasw ok again for a half hour or so, then the same thing happened. i was in regedit again, but im not sure how much coincidence was involved there....
anyone heard of this before?

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I have recently bought several new 1-TB Hard Drives. They all seem to make loud crunching noises when they are working. I have a older 500GB desktop hard drive in the computer I am using now and it is very quiet compare to the new ones. The new drives are a Seagate Barracuda 1-TB and a WD 1-TB. Is this grinding sound normal when accessing data and also the drive seems to be working sometimes even when the computer is idle.
I have run diagnostics on the drives and they all pass.

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Hi I am having a similar problem regarding this except mine is a 3 yr old seagate barracuda 1tb hard drive..I noticed the problem recently..I tried with HD tune;it didn't detect any error..the noise is just loud enough(not loud in standard scenario) for me to get irritated..the pc actually got hung(once) last night..I am doubting my PSU as well, as it is just : 400w,20A,no effiency rating,getting loud too; not from a good recommended manufacturer,pretty old too..could it be that it is not providing enough power to the HDD..I actually run 2 hdd and a card hd6670..would be good if somebody with prior experience could explain it to me as I am considering buying a CX430/CX500 or a new HDD..

A:Hard drive noises

A good PSU is never a bad investment.

With that out of the way, you could get some software to watch your voltages. The hard drives will use the +5V and +12V rails, so watch those. A general rule of thumb is you want your measured voltage to be within + or - 10% of the rated. So the +5V should be between 4.5 and 5.5V, the 12V should be between 10.8 and 13.2V. Personally, I get a little uncomfortable if I see voltages outside of + or - 5%.

Run some benchmarks and watch the voltages, if they dip or spike outside of that 10% range you've got a problem.

I have not used this software, but it seems like it would be fine for monitoring the voltages: http://www.hwinfo.com/

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So there I am, idely browsing my files one quiet night when suddenly the Hard-drive starts making these horrible clicking sounds, like one of the writer arms are stuck or going crazy. Everything locks up and then it crashes the entire system with a win32.sys error.

I ponder for a moment and go to reboot, the noice kicks back in. Click-Thunk, over and over again, so I shut it off and give it a minute while I run around panicing (well not really). After a few more boot attepts, the clicking makes a last thunk.. and starts working properly, the computer boots with no problem. Taking this as a sign of impending doom, I back up my files to cd's when, on the third one, a certain image file I've had for awhile completly locks up the system while Nero is buring it. A jpg image. So I reboot and try to bring the image up in IE and.. once again the whole system locks up, because of this one image. In fact, after multiple testing, anything I do to that image, load, virus scan, rename, etc locks the system... except deleting it. Which I did. I figure a spot on the Hd must be to blame and run checkdisk and it picks up a bad cluster on the pagefile and then locks up on test 5. I reboot to no problem but I'm left wondering what the hell is going on? Any ideas or suggestions anyone?

To put this story into perspective..
I am running a AMD thunderbird 1ghz
256 megs of ram (I've had 2 sticks on me die between this month and the last)
Win2k Pro (all the upd... Read more

A:Horrible Hard Drive shinanigans

Just my $.02 but given the types of noises you heard (I could almost hear them myself because of your descriptions ) I would start thinking about some hard drive shopping. Those sound like drive platters clanking on you and your drive will, most likely, fail on you sometime soon.....usually at the most inconvenient time.

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My 4 year old toshiba satellite is now making noises when I tilt it or put any pressure (resting hands) over the area of the hard drive. It sounds like the hard drive is wobbling or jamming. If I keep tilting it the computer goes to the blue error screen and the computer restarts. Is my hard drive about to die me? Think there is somekind of fix for it?

A:notebook hard drive noises

Pop it open and see if anything is loose like Connectors ect ect....

Whilst you have it open turn it on and find what is making this sound..

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I probably know the answer to this but I'm just looking for some hope here. I started my computer today and when windows was booting my hard drive made a noise similar to that of trying to start a car that's already running. I take this as a sign my hd is ready to crash. It's a WD 80gb se, my second one. I've only had this one for about six months. The last one wouldn't work after I changed cases. I could of possibly damaged it even though I was extremly careful with everything. But it was acting kinda funny before hand. Well anyway my question is it for sure a sign my hd is going to crap or can I hope there's nothing wrong? If it does crash I think I'll stop buying wd since it would be the second time in a year one of their hds crashed on me.

A:Funny hard drive noises

This could be a sign of a HD nearing death but it may as well be just a bad sector or a driver/controller glitch.

Run a thorough (non destructive) test on your HD using the diagnostic software from WD and back up your critical data just in case.

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Hi everyone,I'm new here & very technicaly challenged!

A:Help! pc makes 'beeping' noises

Hi everyone,I'm new here & very technicaly challenged! I have a problem which began a few days ago,my pc makes loud 'beeping' sounds about every 5 mins or so. And when that happens the page I'm currently looking on,'jumps' down to the bottom & I have to scroll back to place I was before. This is very worrying,think there's something serious going on here & not even sure which part of my pc it's happening with. Thanks in advance if anyone can help :)

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my laptop makes a noise like a horn and sometimes the noise changes when I run a program called GoogleChrome Portable

A:Laptop makes noises

You might try looking at Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Personalization > Sound>Sounds > Scroll down and select various choices,> Click Apply

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Hi, I have a SATA 200GB hard disk for my PC. It is about half a year old and I noticed that it is making weird noises these days. The noise is pretty quiet but when I press on the disk, the noise becomes louder but sometimes it stops if I press it 'the right way'... The noise is like the sound coming out from a running microwave oven but obviously much much quieter. Weird thing is that if I deliberately position the disk out of place, the noise is completely gone. It comes back only when I snap it back to its proper position and close the case...

A:Solved: Hard drive is making noises

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So the drive took a small fall off the top of the computer, nothing major it was about 6 inches inside a Venus external enclosure. Well now it makes some noises on startup and I can't see the drive in windows. The bios sees it correctly on startup, as a MAXTOR Sabre drive, but when I run powermax, it just tries to initiate the drive (which makes it make noise) and sits there... I let it do this only for a short period because I didn't want to damage the drive...... any opinions?

A:Hard drive noises, BIOS sees it but nothing else does.

Try running the HDD standing ti on it's side and see if this works. I was able to rescue data from a HDD once using this method.
At any rate be prepared to backup immediately as you might only get one chance.


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I just bought a toshiba laptop I think it is a toshiba a63
well every once in a while the hard drive will make a hard "tap" or click sound
Like a watch or ring that hit a piece of wood.
Then the computer will lag for about 1 sec
Is this normal with a laptop?
Or is the drive bad?
Thx Nick_02

A:Solved: Laptop hard drive noises

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WD 500GB Caviar Black began occasionally making what sounded like high speed spinning noises for a limited time. I have been exploring noises, clicks and beepings on the internet, but have not gotten anything that explains my circumstances. IIRC it occurs only on start up. You hear a noticeable high speed spinning like noise from the drive. This occurs once in a while, not like once a month or even two, but has been going on for over a year. WD quick scans passed, and chkdsk was run a multitude of times. indicating no problems.
I finally decided to replace it and used Paragon recovery to load the new WD Blue. I then ran a full WD extended scan on the old 500GB and it passed. Again ran a chkdsk and it did not note any reallocation or any issues.
Is there any occasional operation of that type of hard drive that would NORMALLY cause this noise? Does anyone have an opinion on what the noise is or what it indicates.
Thanks for any assistance!

A:Hard Drive Noises - exploration and advice


I know you are using WD. Read this article. Might be of some help.

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Hello, I just found this forum via google and thought you might be able to help.

My hard drive tipped over today and shut off. When I turned it back on I hear 2 tones of beeping noises. I opened it up and nothing was out of place so I recorded this video so you could hear the sounds.

You might have to turn the volume up a bit:

It does this for about 30 seconds and then stops. My computer fails to recognize the hard drive so I am concerned about retrieving the data on it. The external hard drive is buslink brand but the actual hard drive inside is western digital 160gb.

Does anyone have any ideas of what this is? How to fix it? Or whether or not the data might be salvegable?

Thanks for any advice you might have.

A:Hard drive is making beeping noises

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Just recently my hard drive has been making a weird noise. It seems to happen when the drive is inactive for a while (e.g. when browsing a single page on Internet Explorer). It will then make a sound like it is accessing the drive but quite quiet and a constant note (if that makes sense?). It stops if you force the computer to access the drive by clicking a menu, closing a window, loading a program ect. Is this a sign that my drive is on the way out or possibly a virus (I have done system scans using Panda, AVG, A-Squared, AVG Anti Spyware and Ad-Aware)?

A:Hard drive making weird noises.

Well, we can't know what exactly the sound is.. Some hard drives do a self-test or a reset routine occasionally when they are idle and it is perfectly normal. Some people describe this as a "meow" sound. Also, it could just be Windows doing some housekeeping.

Any hard drive can fail at any moment without warning, so making backups is always a good idea.

Whether your drive is actually trying to warn you.. Download the diagnostics utility from your HD maker's website and ruyn that just to be sure.

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Ive just built a 650 PC for my dad, I installed an SSD and Seagate 7200.12 SATA 3 HDD - Ive used it for a week at my house and its dead silent, ive drove it 350 miles up to scotland to give to my dad and we noticed a noise coming from it. it just seems to be fan noise but because of where it situated its reflecting off walls and audible - anyway, this was the readon I took the side off to check.. when I did I heard the Seagate making funny noises... its as if its in some sort of standby or self optimize mode... no defrag is running at all - it makes this whirr & click every 0.5 seconds and the pitch of the whirr varies slightly - ive ran seat tools and it has passed all tests and seems to operate fine.. but i never noticed it when it was in my house and now the case side is back on I can still just hear it.

can anybody explain what this noise is?

I hope its not broken from the travel up in boot of car...im annoyed about the noise from the system too, worked fine & silent at mine and now can hear fan and the hard-drive is doing its thing too..


A:Solved: new Seagate making very quiet noises

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It is on a computer running XP SP3. Now, it shows up in ?My Computer? but with no statistics and I cannot open it. The drive does not show up in Windows Disk Management. I have gone thru the Seagate website's ?External Drive Trouble Shooter for WinDOWS xp/2000? as well as contacting Seagate Support with no success. I have tried Windows Format, DOS Format, Seatools for Windows, HD LFF Low Level Format, testdisk_win, and Disk Wizard with no success. The drive showed up but they all reported failure in testing and/or accessing the disk. Seatools for DOS sounds like it would do the trick but it didnotrecognizeeitherofmyexternaldrives, theotheroneofwhichisworking.Can anyone recommend a fix? Seems to me that it is a software problem, not a hardware problem, so there should be a software solution. I have very limited funds and can't afford to replace the drive right now. It is used as a backup drive so loss of the data on the drive is not an issue. I'll just run another backup when the drive is restored to health. My boot drive is not backed up on this drive, so that is not a problem.

A:Seagate expansion hard drive worked fine until I aborted a conversion to a compressed drive

Have you tried reinitializing the drive?

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Hey everyone!

I just put a CD into my disc drive, and it made a horrible noise when it attempted to read the disc. It sounded like something was rubbing against something. I can't explain the sound...

I recently installed a CD RW drive below the main CD ROM drive. Could something be getting in the way? Thanks for your help!!!


A:[SOLVED] CD ROM makes a horrible noise when I put a CD in

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My computer will run great for a long time in any game (I play Bioshock, Guild Wars, and the Hellgate: London beta, all on max settings). After some time though (and sometimes after not too long at all) the games become very sluggish, the audio garbles and pops, and basically all games are unplayable. I drop to 2 FPS where I had 50.

Leaving my computer off for an extended period of time (20mins to 2 hours or so) will remedy the problem until the next time it happens. The first thing that popped into my mind was overheating. My CPU temp runs in the range of 34C idle and 53C full load. My GPU runs at about 51C idle and 65C full load. These temperatures do not seem hot at all to me.

In any case I'm at a loss for ideas. If it is overheating then WHAT is overheating? It doesn't seem to be my video card or processor. The sound popping is strange, is it the sound card (its the onboard card for my mobo)?

My specs:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz
4096MB DDR2 800
GeForce 8600 GT 256MB
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 mobo
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

[edit]Forgot to add in my video card spec, added now.

A:Solved: Computer running horrible in games, making garbled/popping noises

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All alliteration aside, I have a serious problem:

Since September, my computer has been having problems. After numerous failed repair attempts, my friend fixed it for me. It worked for about a week, and then two days ago, I decided to try and get the whole thing working. When I got the computer up and running again, I switched to another hard drive I had (I have three). I wanted to switch back to my original (larger) hard drive. I reformatted, and for the first time in months, it worked!

Unfortunately, I got greedy, and I tried to get my other hard drive hooked up, too. I managed to get that particular hard drive working, but they wouldn't work together. After trying different things, I decided to try and install Windows again. However, when I try to install it now, it says I don't even have a hard drive installed! I know that I've hooked everything up right (I even took the entire computer apart, and put it back together to make sure), but it won't detect my hard drive at all...any of them!

Even Adult Swim couldn't make me feel better, and glaring at it with murder in my eyes isn't helping any.

A:Horrible hard drive problem; possible motherboard meltdown

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When ever i play music my sound will crackle every once in a while. When i try to play some games the crackle will be constant. I put in a new sound card think that it was my onboard sound card causing the problem but it was not. I have all the volume controls set to 50% and it still does it. It does not matter what volume they are set at it still does it. If anyone knows what this could be please help me.

A:Sound Makes Funny Noises

So tell us something about the new sound card you put in and what speakers your are using.

Disconnect your current speakers and use headphones (as a test) does the crackle continue?

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Ive had my laptop for about a year and a half now and jus today when i played a dvd, it makes this loud noise when i watch them but goes away when i stop... whats wrong with it???

A:laptop makes noises when playing dvd

What kind of "loud noise"? If it's the sound of the disk spinning, you may have live with it. Does it do it with all DVD's? Maybe you have one that's out of balance.

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My computer starts out making an occasional beep (different tones) then it eventually makes a sound like a British police car. It takes about two hours for it to reach the police car stage. The sound comes from the tower, not the speakers.

If I quit out of everythig I am doing it will stop. If I go back it starts again.

I use CA's e-Trust anti virus, Spybot Search and Destroy and AVG free anti-spam.

Nothing locks up.

I am a nave at computers, ergo the name Knothead.

I would greatly appreciate help stopping this annoyance.

A:My Computer Makes Beeping Noises

What you are experiencing is probably not software related, but rather hardware related. In order to interpret the beep pattern you are receiving we need to know exactly what version of BIOS your computer has. Probably the easiest way to do this is to download and install the Belarc Advisor by clicking HERE. Run it, and it will produce a report. Look for the version of BIOS on your computer. I just ran it on mine and it looks like this:In my case my BIOS manufacturer and version is:Pheonix/Award Technologies, LTD 6.0 PG 3/08/2004If you can get us this info, then we can help interpret the beeps.

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I have a USB mouse with a roller ball. Recently when I move it over its mouse pad it makes a creaking sound which is very disconcerting.

I cleaned its roller and wheels with a dry cloth but it didn't make any difference.

Anyone have any tips for me?


A:Mouse makes creaking noises

A new mouse. Preferably an optical one.

Its probably something jammed in the sensor wheels, that are driven off the wheels that run on the ball. Or the bearings for those axles are stuffed.

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  On my new P50, the charger makes odd sqeaking/squelching noises even while just trickle charging during sleep. I can easily hear it across the room when it does this.   Anyone else have this?   Other times it's completely silent. For example, sometimes just unplugging it from the p50 and then plugging back in causes it to be silent, but not always. I haven't found a pattern. It's pretty annoying to say the least.

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So today I logged on and there are many popups on my computer, as well as I can hear a windows XP alert noise from time to time, except there are no notices popping up. I'm running malwarebytes scan, what should I do next? any help helps! thanks!

A:my computer makes weird noises

Download Security Check from HERE, and save it to your Desktop. * Double-click SecurityCheck.exe * Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. * A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.======================================================================Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList last 10 Event Viewer logList Users, Partitions and Memory sizeClick Go and post the result.=============================================================================Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (aka MBAM): http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free to your desktop. * Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program. * At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish. * If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version. * Once the program has loaded, select Perform quick scan, then click Scan. * When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results. * Be sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected. * When completed, a log will open in Notepad. * Post the log back here.Be sure to restart the computer.The log can also be found here:C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Application Data\Malwareb... Read more

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Ok my ipod has a fulll battery but when ever i try to turn it on the little apple sign comes on screen and then i can hear a wierd sound coming from the ipod if i put my ear to it. So my Question is whats the sound for and how can i get my ipod back to normal? I cant listen to my music.

A:My ipod Makes wierd noises what are they?

Can you be more specific as to the sound you are hearing?

Also, try a different set of head phones before anything. Occasionally, my IPod headphones put out low volume until I untangle the headphones. If that doesn't correct the problem, you might have a bad jack on your IPod.

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