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September 1, 2013 7:29:59 PM

I'm experiencing a weird problem with one of my HDD's. One of my HDDs seems to be repetitively accessed in intervals of about 0.5 seconds. The hard drive makes the same sound every time, and it has gotten very annoying, to the point that I turn music on the drown it out. I've stopped every single non-Windows process in Windows 7, and it still makes the noise. I've also used several HDD monitoring programs and they all say that it is not being used. However, I can hear it and see in on my HDD indicator light on my case.

Any help/answers would be greatly appreciated.

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a c 939 G Storage
September 2, 2013 8:01:50 AM

check seagates site for updated firmware, assuming this is a seagate (they are known for this)
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a c 326 G Storage
September 2, 2013 3:21:37 PM

Reboot the machine and hit the Pause button during the POST. Does the drive still behave the same way?
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September 2, 2013 5:33:41 PM

ur6beersaway said:
Click of death? http://www.hdtune.com/

Back up your data while you can. Think about a SSD, silent & fast.


popatim said:
check seagates site for updated firmware, assuming this is a seagate (they are known for this)


Used the program, it said the drive was in fine condition, however I'm not convinced. I've got an SSD but I added this drive for extra storage, as my SSD is only 120GB.
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September 2, 2013 5:36:55 PM

fzabkar said:
Reboot the machine and hit the Pause button during the POST. Does the drive still behave the same way?


It only seems to make this noise after POST. It happens while Windows is booting, however it shouldn't be because it's not my OSDisk. I'm thinking it the click of death, as another user stated, and I'm going to get all my data off it while I can.
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September 2, 2013 5:46:11 PM

popatim said:
check seagates site for updated firmware, assuming this is a seagate (they are known for this)


I just checked Seagate's website for both of my HDD's firmwares, and neither of them have files available. Here are the models numbers if it helps:

Maxtor - 6B200M0 (DiamondMax series)
Seagate - ST500NM0011 (Enterprise Capacity 3.5" series [Constellation.ES])
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September 8, 2013 9:58:43 AM

MidnightDistort said:
Just what noise is the hard drive making? Could your OS just be using indexing on it? http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/change-adva...

or you can just type in indexing in the start menu.


It is making a constant "click" sound. I just took out my Maxtor hard drive (which I thought was the drive doing it) and it still making the noise. I'm going to check Seagate's website once more to see if they have any available firmware updates. Hopefully I can find a fix.
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September 8, 2013 4:50:42 PM

navyboy887 said:

It is making a constant "click" sound. I just took out my Maxtor hard drive (which I thought was the drive doing it) and it still making the noise. I'm going to check Seagate's website once more to see if they have any available firmware updates. Hopefully I can find a fix.


Ah okay, funny thing though my hard drive will make a similar sound if it's under heavy usage. It has been doing it since i got it in 09'. I keep thinking it'll die on me but it still goes on strong, it is producing some corrective soft errors but with racking with 1,389 days of operation it's expected considering the drive is pretty hot and on pretty much daily for about 16 hours. Get some S.M.A.R.T. readings on it and i would probably just replace it anyway if you have money. It could just be a reader arm hitting a side (probably just not calibrated properly). These arms move pretty fast so it's easy for it to make it sound like a click of death but it's still able to reposition itself properly.
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December 16, 2013 5:30:23 PM

MidnightDistort said:
navyboy887 said:

It is making a constant "click" sound. I just took out my Maxtor hard drive (which I thought was the drive doing it) and it still making the noise. I'm going to check Seagate's website once more to see if they have any available firmware updates. Hopefully I can find a fix.


Ah okay, funny thing though my hard drive will make a similar sound if it's under heavy usage. It has been doing it since i got it in 09'. I keep thinking it'll die on me but it still goes on strong, it is producing some corrective soft errors but with racking with 1,389 days of operation it's expected considering the drive is pretty hot and on pretty much daily for about 16 hours. Get some S.M.A.R.T. readings on it and i would probably just replace it anyway if you have money. It could just be a reader arm hitting a side (probably just not calibrated properly). These arms move pretty fast so it's easy for it to make it sound like a click of death but it's still able to reposition itself properly.


Sorry for late reply... Not been on my Tom's Hardware account in a while. It's still making the noise but it's not failed yet. It does it when it is under NO usage and even when I'm not logged on Windows. I'm hoping to get a good deal on a WD 1TB during the holidays and keep the Seagate as an absolute emergency backup drive.
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a b G Storage
December 16, 2013 8:53:58 PM

The sooner the better.
They still run & move at any time when your computer is on.
Experience suggests the HDD will fail soon and/or lock-up suddenly, when it starts making any noticeable noise.
The prices are great for 1TB drives.
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