Without knowing exactly what you mean by a tearing sound, the high speed of the drive is what might be causing the tearing sound.
If the windows update is failing, that is usually something with the update process and not your hard drive.
Can you save other files without a problem? What OS are you using?
The tearing sound is a mechanical one as it seems. The drive runs at 10 000 RPM.
The Windows Update of Windows7 has finally finished without a sign of failure!