Hard drive making grinding noise.

I've had an old 7200RPM Samsung HDD in my desktop since 2006. This hard drive has been used extensively, and is still being used. I've recently moved it into a new system. The case is steel and has a lot of vent holes, so the hard drive sounds much louder than it did before. It's been making these scratching noises as far as I can remember, but it still runs fine. I've never had any errors or data loss. I've also read on another site that this is normal, but I'm not too sure. So is this normal?
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  1. No. Immediately back up a hard drive that makes any unusual noise. It may run for a year; it may fail in five minutes.

    If it were me, I'd swap it out right away. You're playing the odds.
  2. well mechanical hard drives do make noise

    not sure i would call it scratching-- but if its always made that noise then it may be ok

    but make sure any important photos or documents are backed up just in case
  3. i would describe normal harddrive noise to be a scratching sound, but it's generally only noticable on high performance drives (like WD blacks). i would describe a failing hardrive to make more of a clicking sound.

    if your hdd always made this sound but only been more noticable since moving it into a new case then i'd say the hdd is likely fine and your new case simply has poorer sound insulation.
    if this is a new sound the hdd hasn't made before then something is wrong and it should be replaced.

    even if the hdd is fine, at 7 years old you should replace it anyways.
  4. Branden said:
    i would describe normal harddrive noise to be a scratching sound, but it's generally only noticable on high performance drives (like WD blacks). i would describe a failing hardrive to make more of a clicking sound.

    if your hdd always made this sound but only been more noticable since moving it into a new case then i'd say the hdd is likely fine and your new case simply has poorer sound insulation.
    if this is a new sound the hdd hasn't made before then something is wrong and it should be replaced.

    even if the hdd is fine, at 7 years old you should replace it anyways.


    Yeah, the hard drive only makes a grinding sound. No clicks. My old case was thick and the rear chassis fan was the only hole it had. The new case is thin steel with vent holes on the side, which are right next to my HDD's.

    I don't use this hard drive for important data. I just use it to run Windows 7 and a few programs. If it dies, it dies. I won't be dissapointed and will just get a new one. Although, I probably won't find a new HDD that can last for 6+ years.
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