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February 9, 2014 11:21:51 PM

I bought a new 2TB hardrive about a week ago. I have been getting a cricket like sounds from the hard drive, I want to know if i should RMA the drive here is the CrystalDiskInfo test:


Model : WDC WD3003FZEX-00Z4SA0
Firmware : 01.01A01
Serial Number : WD-WCC131084519
Disk Size : 3000.5 GB (8.4/137.4/3000.5/3000.5)
Buffer Size : Unknown
Queue Depth : 32
# of Sectors : 5860533168
Rotation Rate : 7200 RPM
Interface : Serial ATA
Major Version : ACS-2
Minor Version : ----
Transfer Mode : SATA/600 | SATA/600
Power On Hours : 76 hours
Power On Count : 15 count
Temparature : 26 C (78 F)
Health Status : Good
Features : S.M.A.R.T., 48bit LBA, NCQ
APM Level : ----
AAM Level : ----

-- S.M.A.R.T. --------------------------------------------------------------
ID Cur Wor Thr RawValues(6) Attribute Name
01 200 200 _51 000000000000 Read Error Rate
03 157 154 _21 000000002B7D Spin-Up Time
04 100 100 __0 00000000000F Start/Stop Count
05 200 200 140 000000000000 Reallocated Sectors Count
07 200 200 __0 000000000000 Seek Error Rate
09 100 100 __0 00000000004C Power-On Hours
0A 100 253 __0 000000000000 Spin Retry Count
0B 100 253 __0 000000000000 Recalibration Retries
0C 100 100 __0 00000000000F Power Cycle Count
C0 200 200 __0 000000000001 Power-off Retract Count
C1 200 200 __0 00000000000D Load/Unload Cycle Count
C2 126 116 __0 00000000001A Temperature
C4 200 200 __0 000000000000 Reallocation Event Count
C5 200 200 __0 000000000000 Current Pending Sector Count
C6 100 253 __0 000000000000 Uncorrectable Sector Count
C7 200 200 __0 000000000000 UltraDMA CRC Error Count
C8 100 253 __0 000000000000 Write Error Rate

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a b G Storage
February 9, 2014 11:44:53 PM

I'm not too familiar with the sound of a cricket but I wonder if the power connector isn't firmly pushed home and is very slightly arcing. Disconnect and recnnect to see if that theory flies but send it back before you store data on it and ask for a replacement.
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February 10, 2014 6:18:14 AM

Saga Lout said:
I'm not too familiar with the sound of a cricket but I wonder if the power connector isn't firmly pushed home and is very slightly arcing. Disconnect and recnnect to see if that theory flies but send it back before you store data on it and ask for a replacement.


Still making the weird sound and arching when i use it. Anything else i should try before asking for a RMA?
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a b G Storage
February 10, 2014 6:34:31 AM

On reflection, a SATA power connector is almost certainly incapable of arcing - it's either connected or it itsn't - so I think you need a replacement. Disconnect the drive from both the power and the motherboard connectors and restart. If you can't hear anything, as for a replacement drive.
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