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Hard Drive Making Strange Noise

Q: Hard Drive Making Strange Noise

My Hard drive is constantly making noise even when it idles. The sound is like it is loading a program, but it makes it all the time even on startup. I've reformated and reinstalled windows Me but it sill does it. I have an Hp 6735 computer with a Seagate hard drive.

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When the hard drive starts making noise it is very likely to be ready to die. The best thing you could do is replace it.

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I noticed my HDD has been making this strange noise when running on battery like its trying loading something for a quick second but once it is plugged in charging the noise is not there, What could the possible problem be. I'm not sure if any of this could cause such as updating the BIOS and fresh install of windows 7

A:Hard Drive making a strange noise when running on battery,what is the

John obvious question mate how old is the battery cos it sounds like it has seen better days - it cannot deliver the current needed and the HDD sounds like itis struggling to spinn up and find data.

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My hard drive seems to be making a loud clicking noise when running programs. I have a Maxtor hard drive and a gigabyte mobo with an ati radeon 9800 pro vid card with 1 gb ram. Is there anything I can do to fix this or has my hard drive gone bad? Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Hi, I am have a western digital hard drive


which is 20Gb.

It is making a strange noise, everytime I start the PC. Also i can not access my data and the hard drive doesnt appear in windows xp (as a device).

What should I do to access my data?

Thanks for your help;

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This is a 3 month old machine, Compaq desktop running XP. Yesterday the hard drive started making a whirring sound. It's not the CPU fan. Is this thing about to crash? There's no warranty with it as it was a return (software related).

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At imes when im using my computer my hard drive makes this squeaking noise ..im not good at hard ware so i need advice on this thank you

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Maybe describe the noise a bit more.. It may be a part of the drive's normal self check routine.

If in doubt, test the drive with the manufacturer-provided diagnostics utility.

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when i first go my hard drive, a sata seagate barracuda, it made no noise at all. but lately, its making alot of grnding sort of noise. like a fidgeting noise. even when opening a folder that has all my programs installers, it will make a long fidget noise. does htis mean my hd is failing? i dont want to buy another harddrive

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hi there to every one.ive got a emachines e4046 runing xp home edition service pack 2 only recently my monitor stopped working so got another one but now the pc loads up but the monitor light stays flashing and nothing is showing on monitor everything else seemss to be working ok oh apart from the hard drive is making a clicking noise not sure if it meant to do that or not any help would be greatly appreciated im a bit thick when it comes to computers.many thanks.dee,.

A:hard drive making clicking noise pls help

Clicking noise from the hard drive sounds like it is failing or has failed. I hope you have backed up any important files you may have wanted. Chances are very slim for recovering files without paying an arm and leg. The price of hard drives are so cheap replacing one shouldn't be a problem.

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I have recently gone through a bad run of losing 2 hard drives and having issues with my desktop allowing externals to function properly too. I have just bought another drive and no later tha 3 months it has started making a click noise every minute or so.
What the hell is going on with my machine and why is it just killing off all of my drives!? D:
Any feedback on any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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First download: CrystalDiskInfo6_3_2.zip - CrystalDiskInfo
Unzip and run. It will give you some idea about all disks you have in your PC. The symptom you've described sounds like you'll have another bad luck.

What kind/Brand is your PC ? FYI, It is important to have enough air flow and cooling inside the case to keep the temperature of the HD's down. If they are over heated, they'll break down a lot sooner. With my case (ANTEC 1200), All the fans are flowing directly to the HD's to keep them barely warm and they've been in there for 6+ years.

Here's an example:

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I have always built my own rigs except for this one a gateway 7020 which has a phenom 9600 nvidia 8800gt 3 gigs of ram 500 gig ata hard drive 8 usb ports tv tuner realtek hd sound and is so quiet except for the hard drive making noise thru my speakers.The speakers are not next to the computer I have the latest drivers so I am at a loss what is causing this.I am using vista 32 bit and I must say this is the fastest loading and shutting down computer I have ever owned something like 45 seconds and this shocks me from some of the posts I have been reading so back to the noise thru my speakers.....any ideas Thanks in advance.Great site by the way as I have been a lurker for a month.I will add some more dribble as vista gave me a 5.9 score.

A:Hard drive making noise thru speakers

The problem is your hard drive is making vibrations which are causing noise on your speaker wires...thus your hard drive 'noise' makes it way to your actual speakers. The hard drive probably needs to be reseated or tightened down so its not vibrating the interior of your tower. It can also lead to other issues like bad sectors because of the vibrations.

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I posted in the XP forum about my hard drive situation here, but this is something different.

I moved my system partition off of the master drive and onto the slave drive and pulled out the master drive and made the slave the new master (and only drive in the case.) things were fine (not really, see my other post.) until tonight. The drive was quiet as ever for the past two days, and now tonight, it sounds like its working really hard (maybe that's normal for a system drive as opposed to a slave drive?) and there is some rubbing noise, like whatever normally makes the crunching hard drive noise is rubbing against something metal. It's a seagate 300GB HDD (IDE/PATA) and has the jumper set to cable select. I plan on making it a non-system drive as soon as my new 80GB hard drive shows up. Now I'm worried that it's going to bite the dust pretty soon. maybe after the swap, I hope, but still, it's only 2 years old and has never been noisy or fussy or had problems until tonight. What is the noise? should I be worried? Is there a way to tell if the hard drive is close to failing?
Thank you!


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My computer has been making this noise for a while, and I've never really thought much of it, but it's starting to get on my nerves a bit and now I'm worried theres actually something wrong with it. It seems to be coming from my hard drive. I don't know much about hardware so I don't really want to take it apart to see what's wrong with it.
I've recorded the sound through my phone and will post it here, but it's not a very loud sound and is covered a bit by the fan that's a foot away from it. I had to make them into .rar because the website doesn't allow .m4a

A:Hard Drive making rumbling, grinding noise.

The telltale sign of a hard drive failing is a clicking noise made by the drive head arm hitting the side of the case. Drives are about $50 for a 1TB desktop drive.

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Hi, I have a 320 external hard drive which has started making a noise when it is running, almost like someone sitting revving a car at a constant pace. According to it's properties it is working properly and I have run the error checking option on it. It is partitioned into 3 partitions and 1 logical drive with 3 partitions, if this makes any difference. Although there is data on the first 2 partitions there has been no more added for about the last 3 months and it is only accessed maybe once a day to check if certain data has been put on it previously. It is defragmented, with no fragments on it at all. Could it be the fan on it making the noise and, if so, can it be run permanently without the fan or could something else be wrong with the drive. It is about 11/2 years old. Thanks for reading and in advance for any help offered.

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I received my laptop as a gift in August (bought the day that I received it) and immediately noticed a clicking noise when I started it up. I thought it might stop, but it continued intermittently. I brought up the issue in the HP Chat support, and the laptop was collected and sent for repair. The Drive was replaced, yet the clicking/rattling noise is still there, even louder than before. It also beeps randomly. I have barely got a chance to use it at all because of this, and when I do it is extremely irritating to have to listen to the constant clicking. It is totally unlike even my 6-year-old laptop, which has a fan that can get loud at times, but I have never experienced a problem like this. So far it seems everyone says a hard drive making a clicking noise is a sign that it is failing - I am concerned I have been given a defective replacement and that the issue will only get worse.To make things even more difficult, when I tried to start a HP Support chat session again, after entering the details including serial number etc, I was told that this product is no longer serviced by HP. What can I do about this?Hope someone can help me figure out what next steps to take!Emma

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I am using a Dell Inspiron 14 laptop. A few days ago, I noticed that my laptop has become incredibly slow (the system will hang sometimes, and continue as per normal after a while), and this coincided with my laptop beginning to make this weird, sharp beeping sound. At first I did not pay much attention to it, but later this was joined by several BSODs, and my laptop became even slower (games that usually did not lag was now hanging halfway through, and continuing as per normal after a lengthy period of 1 minute or so). I tried to find the origin of the noise, and I think it came from my Internal hard drive sector, and thus decided to open the sector up (in hindsight I probably should not have). After I replaced it, without doing much (just doing the usual IT-amateur stuff, wiping it and blowing it a few times), my situation has now worsened to the point that startup takes a much longer time, and finally now it hangs at the "Starting Windows" screen, but without the Windows 7 logo showing, and my screen later turns black. Any help is appreciated.

A:Internal hard drive making beeping noise, laptop won't start up

Install a new drive. Use the recovery discs you created when you first bought the computer to restore it to factory new state. If you didn't create the discs then you can order a recovery disc from Dell, just go to their support site at http:/support.dell.com.

You can download a legal copy with SP1 integrated from here: Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River.
Make sure you get the same version you have, Home Premium, Pro or Ultimate and 32 or 64 bit. Note that Basic or Starter is not available.

I recommend using ImgBurn at 4X speed (or the slowest available) to create the DVD from the downloaded .iso file.

You can do this on any computer capable of burning a DVD.

For techies or folks who work on computers: Create Windows 7 Universal ISO With All Editions Selection On Install with ei.cfg Removal Utility.
This will fit on a 6GB flash drive or can be burned to a DVD.

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This strange noise has been coming from my hard drive for a little while now is it ok?
Here Is a recording from it.


The first half is normally recorded and the second half is altered in audacity.

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I would replace it if it is used for work or a business. Definitely back up you data...Sounds pretty bad. It's a good idea to swap it now so you can clone the drive to a new one..

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Hello all.

My hard disk, 500GB, which is dedicated to my most important documents, has begun to make a clicking sound randomly. When this happens my music stutters, and my PC becomes semi unresponsive (OS is fine, files that run from it aren't).

I assume this is the death of my HDD. I also assume the clicking is the data reading arm acting weird.

Do other people think that this ~2 year old drive could be on it's last leg? I use it for many hours a day, it is constantly being accessed for about 16-24 hours a day, and has been formatted over 20 times, and has had 500GB of data copied to and from it just as many times.

I am going to back it up nonetheless onto an identical drive that used to be in RAID1 config with it.

Thank you.

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Is there anything wrong with my laptop if it is making a constant noise that sounds like a fan but positively 100% definitely ABSOLUTELY is not the fan? Details:- Thinkpad T520 with new 1 Tb Western Digital HD installed 6 months ago. However the noise began a year before that with the *original* HD and the new HD has the same noise. Very strange. I thought it must be the fan, due to accumulated dust, but it's not - see below.- The noise happens the entire time the computer is on and is constant and unchanging. It does not vary, such as louder/quieter or higher/lower. It is 100% perfectly continuous.- It sounds a little like a laptop fan but definitely louder and 'rougher'. My fan itself makes a very very quiet smooth whisper, almost a hum, that barely even sounds air moving, whereas this noise is much more of a whoosh, almost like the sound of a fan on a big heavy-duty desktop computer.- We know it's not the fan, and that the fan is working fine, because I can lift up the keyboard and see when the fan is or isn't running. Mostly it's not moving at all; then if I make the CPU go to 50 or 100%, for example by playing four HD movies at once (as a test), it will turn on. Then when I close the movies the CPU goes down to its resting rate around 0 to 2% and the fan turns off. Meanwhile the noise I'm talking about remains constant the whole time.- It is not the normal "stuttering" HD read/write sound. I know what that sounds like and I can hear it from the HD as is normal when readi... Read more

A:Strange fan-like whoosh noise coming from hard drive(?) and NOT from the fan

Are you hearing any clicking sounds? This might mean that the hard drive could fail. Really not sure about this since I can't hear the exact noise it's producing. But any unusual sounds a hard drive makes is suspicious. If you have any important files on your disk I highly suggest you back them up.

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I've had this computer since March and I'm using the stock heat sink it came with. Recently I've noticed that sometimes programs will be unresponsive for 4-6 seconds and then it will go back to normal. The same thing can be said about the mouse, sometimes it doesn't even move. I took apart the side panel of my case and noticed that the CPU fan was making the noise. It sounds like a dial up modem, but a lot more silent. This noise can only be heard up close and eventually it goes away before starting to make the noise again. My CPU temps are normal, 31 on idle and usally 45-50 when I'm playing a game. The stock fan never stops spinning either. Maybe the motherboard has something to do with this? I haven't changed anything or added any new hardware since putting it together in March nor have I replaced the thermal paste because the temps were always low to begin with.

Here are my specs

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
Intel Core i3 3220 @ 3.30GHz 36 ?C
Ivy Bridge 22nm Technology
8.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 798MHz (9-9-9-24)
Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. B75M-HD3 (Intel Core i3-3220 CPU @ 3.30GHz) 28 ?C
G236HL ([email protected])
AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series
Hard Drives
932GB Western Digital WDC WD10EZEX-00RKKA0 ATA Device (SATA) 31 ?C
112GB KINGSTON SV300S37A120G ATA Device (SSD) 29 ?C
Optical Drives
No optical disk drives detected
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I can also record a video of the sound I'm hearing

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Hi Folks, when I turn on my PC i believe the fan is making some strange noises as it is is over ravving, after a couple of minutes this sound stops and there no problem with how the system works. What do you think this may be? Cold whether? Dust? Shall I do anything about it?

Many thanks for your advice.


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I was also able to record it (but in sort of bad quality):

What is causing this, and what should I do about it?

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Hey guys, this is my first post here so if this is in the wrong place, then forgive me, I checked around and this seems like the best place for this kinda prob.

Ok the problem is that my fan on my graphics card (Radeon 9600XT) has started making a weird and very annoying buzzing/whirling sound.

It all started after I did my monthly clean up inside my system. Getting rid of all the grime and stuff and checking to see if everythings just all right.

Well i plugged everything back together and a strange whirling sound started coming from my system. It's hard to describe really, it's kinda intermitent. It comes on for 5/6 seconds then theres a pause, then it's on again for another 5/6 secs etc. It doesn't seem to be related to any sort of activity the computer is engaged in, ie it makes the same kinda noise when just sat there on desktop as it does when Im downloading stuff, browsing the net or playing games.

I took the back off my case to see what it might have been and found out it was my graphics card, because when i held my card the pitch of the buzzing would lower a bit, so I took the top of my fan off my g-card and cave it a good clean out because i thought maybe there was something stuck in the fan that was making the noise. The fan is now totally crap-free but it's still making the noise.


If anyone has any suggestions please help It' so very annoying and starting to give me headache. Oh and if I've left out ne information ... Read more

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I am new on here and still figuring out how to navigate the forums, so I apologize if I'm posting a question that has already been asked (also english is not my first language so bare with me haha). I can't find any article/forum that explains my problem so I am posting here hoping to finally finding out what is causing this sound and how to fix it.

The sound happens almost always when I access my second HDD in windows explorer. Sometimes it happens when my PC is working harder than usual (HD streaming for example) and sometimes (not so often) seemingly random or when I am not even using my PC. It is hard to explain but it is a quick high pitched spinning sound followed by what I can only explain as a clicking sound. It is very quick only about 2 seconds I would say. Previously while playing The Sims 4 the same sound happened right before the game always froze/crashed.

I only know a few things here and there about hardware components, just the basics... I have read somewhere about hard drives "spinning down". Does this mean the drive temporarily shuts down and starts back up when you access a file from it? Or what does it mean? Could this be what is the problem? Or is it something else? I don't want to take my PC in if it is a problem I can fix myself, I am pretty good at following instructions to troubleshoot. I have already run tests on both of my hard drives with a program that checks the health of your hard drive and both my disks are still in e... Read more

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My PC is making a strange noise inside the tower. I think it may be a fan going out, or the harddrive may be worn out. I went to the HP
website, no help. My PC is a HP 6465. It has Win98.No upgrades original hardware. I am using
Firefox instead of IE. Firefox v 2.0. Please help thank you


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So this is the first time (for about the past week) that I've heard my mobo's fan making a pretty noticable noise. Upon inspection it seems like the fan is spinning, slowing down, speeding up, slowing down..etc... Not sure what to do (and whether or not to start panicing).

The system is a Gigabye GA-7VAX with the KT400 chipset. The fan is directly on the chipset so I definately don't want this baby to die. Any ideas?

A:Motherboard fan making strange noise

Replace it immediately with a quality-fan before your mobo fries.

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Hey everyone.. New here have a critical question!

I was in the middle of playing some game about 20 minutes ago and my harddrive started making a strange buzzing/humming sound. To confirm it was my harddrive I unplugged it, and turned the computer on. The noise was gone when I did so. So I have it back in and everything and it "seems" everything is running a lot slower. Things are locking up, ect.

I'm wondering if anyone could give me an idea of what this problem is, and how long my HD might have left in it. I'll be monitering this thread so I'll try to reply fast.. Don't want my HD to die before I find an answer.

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Hello this is my first time here and i hope i am posting in the right section. I checked the search option but couldnt find the same problem as mine.
So lets start i spent last night(about 12h) rendering images on my pc(which is less than 2 years old)
so after it was done evrything functioned nicely and i didn't notice any problems when i turned it off.
After around 3-4h i turned the PC on again and it started making some strange noice like crawling or whirling or something not sure how to describe it correctly. So i opened the PC and while it was all running and making the noise i used a screwdriver to block all of the fans for like a sec just to see if it is them (i read that from some other forum suggestion).
So anyway when i stoped the PSU fan the sound stoped and when i released it did not start immidiately. The sound does not start as soon as i start the PC it takes some time for it. Also the fan seems to slow down when it happens. Now i left it on like 10mins with the fan making the noise and slowing down and after like 5-10min the noise stoped and the fan started turning fast again. It has been several hours on since than and it is working normaly, i read that the problem could be dust/a wire out of place/a insect flying in etc. My concern is what i should do, is it the PSU failing or just the fan or maybe something else?

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My PC runs Windows 7 x64 and is basically an Asus H97I+ M/b, I7-4790K CPU & GTX970 GPU. There are two SSDs for hard drives...

Whenever I am running MS Flight Simulator, I get a strange, high-pitched 'chirping' noise from what should be a silent PC, fans apart. After Googling I kind of decided it was coil whine from the GPU:

GeForce GTX 970 Coil Whine Concerns | PC Perspective

but having opened up the case and listened more closely (literally) the noise seems to be coming more from the CPU. If so, what could it be? Pretty sure it's not mechanical (i.e. fans).

Oddly, as I say, I don't get the noise other than when I run MS Flight Simulator (I don't use this particular PC for much else). I tried stress testing the CPU with Intel Burn and the GPU with this:


..also copied large files from one SSD to another. None of which caused any noise at all. It's only when running FS9 (haven't tried FSX). Makes no sense to me. Recording of the noise is here:


Any ideas??


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My computer running windows xp 64bit has been freezing. When it freezes it plays the last half second of sound played over and over very quickly, sounds like a machine gun. It happens both when gaming and doing nothing. Usually it unfreezes after a few minutes, only to freeze again. After roughly 30-40 minutes of this, the freezing usually stops.

Sometimes it does not unfreeze, and I have to hardboot. Windows will freeze when booting several times, safemode freezes after loading SPTD.sys, even after hitting escape to cancel loading.

AVG free, Avast, Clamwin, and clamtk (scanning my windows partition from linux) all pick up no viruses.

This happens with both windows xp home, windows xp pro 32bit, and windows xp 64bit. Linux does not seem to have any problems.

I've tried updating all my drivers, fresh installs, everything I can think of.

Anyone have any ideas?

A:[SOLVED] Strange Freezing - Sound making machine gun noise

No, it isn't a virus. It could be (1) temperature or (2) voltage—among other things.

Do be sure to check your temperatures in the BIOS in any case, because you want to be sure you're okay there. If the temperature is 30? C or anything like that, you've ruled that out. It's in the BIOS under Health, and look at the CPU and the System temps.

If your voltage is, say, 0.1 too low for your needs, you could have trouble. Overclockers can often help "ordinary guys" tweak their voltage settings the way that is exactly right for your RAM.

Then there is the possibility that a drive is not doing things just right. It would not have to be the drive you are using. For example, a CD-RW that works just fine might nonetheless have an operational problem that upsets the system, especially if it were on the same cable as the hard drive. You might never to think of looking for a drive that isn't in use at the time. Therefore some people would try subtracting all the hardware you are not using, piece by piece, to see if it goes away.

There is also the question whether it happens in Safe Mode. If your drivers are okay, I would guess it DOES happen in Safe Mode. But because Safe Mode installs just what you really need, it can sometimes suggest a solution in a backwards-thinking kind of way.

Finally, you mention quite a few anti-virus/firewall programs there. You are running just ONE firewall and you are running just ONE anti-virus program, right? If you are running more than ... Read more

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A few days ago, I made a thread about beeping noise from my laptop, but looks like it's not a beep sound because I went into my laptop BIOS and disabled the beep sound.
Now, my laptop is still doing the same noise. It can't be the beep sound because I disabled it. I tried to muted the volume, but it's still doing the noise/buzz/beep randomly.
I don't know where that sound come out. I checked drivers' update, they are all up to date..
What else to do?

A:My laptop making strange noise/beep sound and I can't find the issue

Your original topic is located HERE
When you are there....click on the "Follow This Topic" button, and follow the prompt.  This will ensure you receive an email in your Inbox each time a reply is made.

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hey everyone, so my pc is making a very strange noise when playing youtube videos, or any kind of flash videos, they also play slower. The noise is like some kind of distortion and I hadn't heard something like that. This also happens when I start my pc but only for a while.
I tried reinstalling the audio driver but nothing happened.
my laptop is a Toshiba satellite m55

any help would be appreciated!!

A:computer making strange noise when playing youtube videos and startup.

i too have this problem and could not figure out why.
Bump your topic and hopefully some experts could help us out.

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Today I noticed that my hard disk is making a little bit of noise when I try to open files or it makes noise after some time periodically.

Its noise is not loud. It is like Fusssssss....

Similar noise I heard from HDD when I restore my computer from stand by mode. But Now I am hearing such noice while working.

Is something wrong with my HDD?

A:Hard disk is making noise

One never knows with hard drives, just make sure you got everything important backed up.
I had drives making noise for years still going and ones with no noise, just crashing.

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I know this sounds wild, but my new X1 Yoga with 1tb PCI express solid state drive make subtle noises that sound almost exactly like a spinning hard drive's head movements!   I checked the hardware manual and can tell that the noise is coming from the area of the M.2 SSD, and yes I know it's impossible because there are no moving parts in an SSD.  However, the noise sounds exactly like the head seeking and writing on an old style hard drive! This is not related to the fan, as that becomes audible when the processor is working hard and sounds like a normal fan. The 'simulated' HDD noise happens when lots of read / write activity is taking place, such as during boot or general disk intensive activities. It's not really a problem, just a very strange thing to be hearing. Any thoughts on what this is and why it is audible? Don ManninoSouthern California

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So currently my computer cannot open (operating system not) and decided to check my external 1tb Toshiba, I just plugged it in and opened the computer, then it spun and lit up, and had clicking noises, then I decided to check again while writing this, and there were no clicking noises anymore, should I be worried? I just bought this February 12

A:External hard drives making clicking noise

There are two probable causes of the so-called "click of death" for external hard drives:

A. Inadequate power being supplied to the external HDD, this is most common in situations like where you have multiple devices (including the HDD) connected to a single USB hub for example.

B. Physical deterioration of the HDD resulting from either simple wear-and-tear or damage such as physical shock or trauma.

I would begin by downloading something like CrystalDiskInfo to read the SMART diagnostic info that your HDD provides. If anything there is bad (like reallocated sectors), then I highly suggest replacing the HDD at your earliest convenience.

If SMART comes out showing a clean bill of health, I would make sure adequate power is being supplied to the HDD. If adequate power is supplied, I would wait and see how the HDD fares; if the HDD is failing it will start giving off signs (more clicks, bad SMART readings, etc.).

And most importantly, backup your data! A good backup will save your day like you can't even imagine.

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Hello friends,

I have Hitachi SATA 60 GB hard drive and recently started making severe Noise from it.

So, I have partitioned hard drive now like below and traced where exact position sound coming from.
24 MB <- for Boot sector
15 GB <- Making noise and formatting stops by 14%
14 GB <- Good
14 GB <- Good
14 GB <- Good, Windows XP SP2 installed

I know the entire partition isn?t bad, but I don?t know how to diagnose it.

I tried with windows inbuilt software - chkdsk /f /v /r. Checkdisk didn?t repaired that, instead made the crunching sound for hours and reported 4MB Bad. Still making noise from the partition when I save something and read it, even windows gets hang when I access that partition. Rest of the partition is perfectly fine.

Is it okay, if I let that partition dead or can I recover the good clusters from it?

Kindly suggest a good software that can mark the defected sectors BAD or let user do mark the defected portion MANUALLY BAD AND UNREADABLE. There is no data in it and I can try with whatever the experiments you are going to advice me. ;-)

PS: - I could have download the Hitachi diagnostic ISO file but I don?t want to write a CD. I know you guys are clever enough to deal with this issueand support me.
Hard Disk: Hitachi 60GB SATA (SMART)
Operating system: MS XP SP2
System manufacturer: Lenovo
System model: 0786A39
Bios: Ver 1.00PARTTBL
Processor: Genuine Intel(R) CPU T1400 @ 1.83GHz
Memory: 1014MB RAM

A:Hard disk making noise on particular location and unable to format it.

1) Is this the noise your HD is making:
Normally you will not hear the HD.
Hard Drive Click of Death Explanation and Live Demonstration - YouTube

PS: - I could have download the Hitachi diagnostic ISO file but I don’t want to write a CD.

2) Run the diagnostic tool.

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Western Digital My Book Esential Edition 500gb - Vista lists it as Unknown Device

Hey all,

I'm having a somewhat of a strange problem. I have 2 WD external disks. One is 1TB and one is 500gb. The 1TB drive is working fine but Vista (64bit) decided not to recognize my 500gb drive anymore and is now listing it as unknown device.

Furthermore, drive is making a clucking noise if you can imagine. When it does that noise Vista shows it on my computer but same second throws it off the list. And that repeats itself until Explorer freezes. And I can see the drive for 1sec in the Computer Management -> Drives section and then it dissapears again.

I'm desperate for help since I have alot of school data on it.

With respect,

A:Drive is making a clunking noise

Usually this means the drive has died

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