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Unusually noisy hard drive (or, "Attn: David French&quo

Discussion in 'Recording' started by patrick_like_static, Nov 14, 2004.

  1. I've noted the following problem: the new 7,200-rpms ATA drive I've installed pulses noisily at, say, a 100-cycles tone, around once per second. Also, the dynamics of said pulse actually increase or decrease depending on what I'm doing with my computer.

    On a more interesting note, if I jar the computer, the pulsing becomes much quieter. Are any of these occurrences normal?
  2. David French

    David French Distinguished Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    Woah. Not normal at all. If I were you, i'd get in touch with whoever sold you the drive and demand a replacement immediately.

    p.s. We have a whole forum dedicated to computer questions, the DAW's and Computing Forum. I check that forum as much as my own, so if you post a question there, I will see it.

    p.s.s. there are several people lurking around here that know much more about computers than I do.

    p.s.s.s I am always glad to help. :D
  3. Big_D

    Big_D Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2004
    Quakertown PA
    Patrick, Sorry I didn't see your post earlier.

    The sound you describe is not good. It is probably bearing noise and on an HDD that is especially bad. Bearing noise is bad in any motor but due to the speeds involved and the tiny bearings it could seize instantly. Stop using the drive immediatly as it may just stop working suddenly. I would copy any data you have on it and then do as David suggested and get it replaced.

    Also NEVER, NEVER, EVER Jar a running computer. HDD's don't like to be bumped while running. The heads ride several ten thousands of an inch above the platters and by bumping the PC you are causing the heads to hit the platter surface and destroy data (this is where the term crash comes from). If this should happen when the drive is accessing the FAT tables you've just turned your HDD into a door stop. Any place where the head contacts the disk surface destroys that area (and sometimes whole sectors) and data cannot be written to it again even after a low level format. This is why it is a good idea once or twice a year to run scandisk with a surface scan as it marks those areas in the FAT table so there won't be an attempt to write to them again.

    Hope this helps and let us know how you make out :D
  4. No sweat, Big D. As per David French's recommendation, I opted just to get the drive replaced, as it came with a 14-day, no-questions warranty. The new one is without the noise of the old one, so I assume it was just a faulty drive.

    Geez. As rudimentary as it might sound, I didn't realize jarring a computer could screw up the hard drive; blame it on the caprice (or ignorance) of youth, I suppose.

    Thanks for reply.

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