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New System, Older Hard Drive(s) - Repeating Starting & Stopping Sound

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August 2, 2013 11:07:15 AM

I had a system that I built previously and the motherboard, processor, hard drive, video, etc. were all at least 7-8 years old. Some issues started occurring with the motherboard so I decided to upgrade the entire system.

I kept some components from the old system, including the power supply, which is a Thermaltake 500watt PSU, and two hard drives - both Western Digital SE drives, one is a WD2500 (250gb) and the other WD1500 (150gb).

I installed the operating system and everything went fine. The only thing is no matter which hard drive I install the operating system and boot from - I get a noise that repeats over and over and it's weird. It sounds like the hard drive is starting up, the disks start spinning, and then it stops and powers down again. This repeats over and over constantly. Sometimes there will be periods where it stops, but for the most part it continues and it is very annoying. I also feel like it's going to wear out the hard drive by constantly starting and stopping like that.

I believe that the hard drives are fine (I have checked them both) - and both get the same noisy result. They were working fine prior to my new build. Does anyone know what would cause this? How can I stop the starting and stopping of the hard drive? Do I need to get a new hard drive and will that solve the problem? If so, how?

Below are the new components I installed in the system:

- ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ Motherboard - ATX, Socket AM3+, AMD 970 Chipset, AMD FX, 2133MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA 6.0 Gb/s, RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, CrossFireX Ready

- AMD FD6100WMGUSBX FX-6100 Processor - Six Core, 8MB L3 Cache, 6MB L2 Cache, 3.30GHz (3.90GHz Max Turbo), Socket AM3+, 95W, Fan, Unlocked, Retail

- (2) ADATA Premier Series 4GB Desktop Memory Module (8 GB total)

- Sapphire 100322L Radeon HD 6450 Video Card - 1GB, GDDR3, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), DVI, HDMI, VGA, DirectX 11, Single-Slot, Low Profile


Thanks in advance for any help or advice!

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August 2, 2013 12:00:20 PM

How did you connect the HDDs to the MoBo? Are they SATA?

In the BIOS check if the SATA mode is set as AHCPI or as IDE. Considering their age, they'll surely need to be connected as IDE.

Either way, a 7-8 year old HDD is around it's final useful life, I'd consider getting a new one (they're cheap right now) which will be larger, faster, quieter, cooler, and you won't be expecting it to die any moment and lose your data.
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August 2, 2013 2:14:09 PM

serge44,

Thanks for the response, still working to find a solution:

1) Yes, I connected the drives via SATA, which is how they were connected on the previous build, and they were working ok at that time.

2) I tried to change from ACHI to IDE mode in the BIOS, and seems like Windows 7 won't boot under that method. Windows begins to load, then I get a blue screen, then computer just restarts.

3) I am happy to buy a new hard drive - but first I want to make sure I'm not going to experience the same issue of the hard drive starting and stopping constantly. I want to rule out the motherboard or BIOS settings before I buy another hard drive. I can't understand why I wouldn't be able to run Windows 7 off the old hard drives the same way I did on the previous build, without the new problems.
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August 2, 2013 2:24:46 PM

That's likely, changing IDE to AHCI (or viceversa) causes problems with the OS if it's already installed.

Try reinstalling windows AFTER changing from AHCI to IDE. I know it's a lengthy process but if that was the problem, it's the only way.
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August 3, 2013 6:54:07 AM

serge44,

Good news - looks like your suggestion solved the problem!

After I went into the BIOS and changed SATA ports 5&6 from ACHI to IDE, which are the ports that my older hard drives are connected to, I did a Windows reinstall on one of the drives and the computer is working perfectly now with no weird slowdowns and no weird hard drive noises.

I have decided to use one of these drives as a backup drive for stuff I don't really care about, and buy a new drive as my main drive. I expect I can use ACHI for the new drive and IDE for the old drive. By the way, for the new drive I am looking at a WD Caviar Black 1TB 7200RPM 64MB cache. Perhaps in the future I will upgrade again with a SSD, but I'm kind of on a budget at the moment.

Thanks for the help!!!
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August 3, 2013 6:03:35 PM

gdmorgan said:
serge44,

Good news - looks like your suggestion solved the problem!

After I went into the BIOS and changed SATA ports 5&6 from ACHI to IDE, which are the ports that my older hard drives are connected to, I did a Windows reinstall on one of the drives and the computer is working perfectly now with no weird slowdowns and no weird hard drive noises.

I have decided to use one of these drives as a backup drive for stuff I don't really care about, and buy a new drive as my main drive. I expect I can use ACHI for the new drive and IDE for the old drive. By the way, for the new drive I am looking at a WD Caviar Black 1TB 7200RPM 64MB cache. Perhaps in the future I will upgrade again with a SSD, but I'm kind of on a budget at the moment.

Thanks for the help!!!


Awesome :)  I'm glad it worked.

About your HDs, I have a WD Black and it's a great drive, it's definitely what I would recommend for a fast mechanical HDD; it's a bit louder than a regular one, but that's because of the extra speed. However, if you're planning on getting a SDD soon (I recently got a Samsung 840 128 GB on sale for $60-70 on newegg) you probably won't need your HDD to make the compromise in money and quietness since it'll only be used for large storage (audio, video files, etc), as your SSD will be doing all your fast work. On a 128 GB SSD there's enough room for Win7/8, most (if not all) of your most used programs, and even 2 or 3 large games. If you pair it with a WD Blue you'd be saving about $20-25. Just my 2 cents.

Good luck!
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