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WD Hard Drive Buzzing Occasionally

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April 6, 2014 4:50:52 PM

I salvaged a 500 gig HDD from a MyBook made by WD. I threw it in my system as a Steam storage locker, but whenever I boot or wake up my PC, as well as open Steam, there's a brief buzzing noise coming from the hard drive. What is that, and what can I do to fix it?

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April 6, 2014 4:55:16 PM

Unmount the drive, and place on something to completely dampen vibration (or just hold it). Reattach the cables and run it.

If the noise still exists it's internal to the drive and may be a sign of impending failure.

If the noise is mostly case vibration which is amplifying the drive vibration then you can attempt to dampen the noise with methods you can Google (such as placing thin cardboard between the drive and case).

Sounds to me like a failing drive.
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April 6, 2014 4:59:51 PM

photonboy said:
Unmount the drive, and place on something to completely dampen vibration (or just hold it). Reattach the cables and run it.

If the noise still exists it's internal to the drive and may be a sign of impending failure.

If the noise is mostly case vibration which is amplifying the drive vibration then you can attempt to dampen the noise with methods you can Google (such as placing thin cardboard between the drive and case).

Sounds to me like a failing drive.

Certainly hope not, but I'll give it a shot. It's a strong probability that it's the drive against the case, because I have the COUGAR spike mATX gaming tower case and you LITERALLY CANNOT MOUNT HDDs in the case. Doing so results in you blocking off 3 DIMM slots on the mobo with cabling, so I can't use the HDD trays. Because of this, both hard drives are lying on their sides parallel to each other on the bottom of the case.
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