Hard Drive Noise

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My HD suddenly starts making really loud and distracting noises.

Sounds unnatural, anyone know what it might be?
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Are you sure its the hard drive? Could it not be your fan?

Seems unusual that it would be your hard drive making the noise.
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It's not that unusual actually.

As hard drives age, the magnetic material degenerates. As the read/write head scans the disk at high velocity the deteriorated sections cause the head to return for another pass, thus producing the clicks and bangs often associated with such aging media devices.

You see this much more often in laptop hard drives, due to the condensed nature; the problem is most often attributed to heat.

There is a school of thought that states hard drives in such a state may be recovered using tools like SpinRite and their ilk. The more prevailing dictum involves tossing the drive and buying a new one. (They are, after all, very cheap).
While you still have access to the drive, get your data. Then I would replace the drive. That's just my opinion of course.

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I would backup all of your important data immediately. Sounds like you may be buying a new hard drive soon.
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TomK wrote:
I would backup all of your important data immediately. Sounds like you may be buying a new hard drive soon.


i heared once that if my harddrive/fan whatever is inside there is making strange noises then its a virus or something destroying things.

I just heared that somewhere once, but no one here seems to agree with that. I guess just some old hardware/

But very unpleasant noise
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A virus? Dont think so.

Like TomK said, Back everything up. Its probably just age etc.
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SB wrote:
A virus? Dont think so.

Like TomK said, Back everything up. Its probably just age etc.



ok thx for the tipps
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and if it does happen to fail before you get all the data there is still a couple chances to get it

1. Take out the old hd
2. put in a freezer safe bag
3. stick in freezer over night
4. HURRY AND BACK UP its going to die soon. the disks won't rub against each other making that noise so there will still be time
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Agreed with the rest. Hard drive is close to shot. Had the same scenario with my accountants server. I thought it was the power supply fan until I opened the case and listened to where the sound was really coming from. I've known loud HD's before, but they are loud from the getgo. Then I looked and saw the CPU fan was unplugged and not working. Needless to say my accountant is now using a new computer.
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I Had The Same Problem, Mine Sounded Like Taking Sand Paper To Metal Though. Replaced It Immediatly, Luckily It Was A Drive Of Stupid Stuff.

If You Freeze Your HD--Even In A Freezer Bag--It Will Condense, Therefore Frying The Drive, And Possibly Your Power Supply.
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just make sure its not near any power supply. like be careful and take it out and use it. there is a way
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If Its Frozen. Then If It Condensates. It Would Short Out The Powersupply? No?

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