Hard drive making noise while playing Watch dogs 2

As the title says it sometimes makes a noise you'd expect from a old pentium 2 PC under pressure, i never experienced it before on any other games i've played lately maybe its a new issue i need to investigate further but atleast for WD2 it does. Can anyone tell me if this is the start of HDD failure? its a 2 year old WD 1TB

Setup:
i5 4690K with a corsair h110i extreme performance water cooler
MSI GTX970 Gaming 4GB
16GB crucial ballistix ram
750W PSU from coolermaster
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  1. This particular weird sound just made my HDD crash atleast as soon as i noticed i killed the game.exe so this is more info for you guys
  2. Scibility said:
    As the title says it sometimes makes a noise you'd expect from a old pentium 2 PC under pressure, i never experienced it before on any other games i've played lately maybe its a new issue i need to investigate further but atleast for WD2 it does. Can anyone tell me if this is the start of HDD failure? its a 2 year old WD 1TB

    Setup:
    i5 4690K with a corsair h110i extreme performance water cooler
    MSI GTX970 Gaming 4GB
    16GB crucial ballistix ram
    750W PSU from coolermaster

    You can run a disk check and see if it has any bad sectors. Go to your search bar in Windows and type "chkdsk" and run the utility. You can also go to Disk Management, right click on your drive, go to options and run the error checking tool under the "tools' tab.
    Ultimately, it would be a good idea to backup your files or store a Windows image on another drive for recovery.
    Also, I think you'll be quite happy with the performance boost if you upgrade to an SSD.
  3. Nonpossible said:
    Scibility said:
    As the title says it sometimes makes a noise you'd expect from a old pentium 2 PC under pressure, i never experienced it before on any other games i've played lately maybe its a new issue i need to investigate further but atleast for WD2 it does. Can anyone tell me if this is the start of HDD failure? its a 2 year old WD 1TB

    Setup:
    i5 4690K with a corsair h110i extreme performance water cooler
    MSI GTX970 Gaming 4GB
    16GB crucial ballistix ram
    750W PSU from coolermaster

    You can run a disk check and see if it has any bad sectors. Go to your search bar in Windows and type "chkdsk" and run the utility. You can also go to Disk Management, right click on your drive, go to options and run the error checking tool under the "tools' tab.
    Ultimately, it would be a good idea to backup your files or store a Windows image on another drive for recovery.
    Also, I think you'll be quite happy with the performance boost if you upgrade to an SSD.


    I checked my HDD it says no errors, also i already have a SSD and checked it aswell no errors displaying. And i have no backup atm which is why i want to get the right answer on this ASAP :)
  4. What kind of noise is it making? Is it like a buzzing noise? If so, make sure every component is properly in place, especially the HDD (screw in all the holes of the mount/bay, make sure it's properly plugged in).

    I had a problem where I had some buzzing noise going on under load for a while, then I opened my case, did what I suggested to you, and closed it. No more noise happened ever since.
    The HDD I had was about 5 years old. It's quiet now.
  5. MeesterYellow said:
    What kind of noise is it making? Is it like a buzzing noise? If so, make sure every component is properly in place, especially the HDD (screw in all the holes of the mount/bay, make sure it's properly plugged in).

    I had a problem where I had some buzzing noise going on under load for a while, then I opened my case, did what I suggested to you, and closed it. No more noise happened ever since.
    The HDD I had was about 5 years old. It's quiet now.


    I can't really tell the exact noise properly its just doing brrrrrrrrrtttttttt basiclly :P
    But it is plugged in the correct way in the bay, theres some dust but its not much really.
  6. Scibility said:
    MeesterYellow said:
    What kind of noise is it making? Is it like a buzzing noise? If so, make sure every component is properly in place, especially the HDD (screw in all the holes of the mount/bay, make sure it's properly plugged in).

    I had a problem where I had some buzzing noise going on under load for a while, then I opened my case, did what I suggested to you, and closed it. No more noise happened ever since.
    The HDD I had was about 5 years old. It's quiet now.


    I can't really tell the exact noise properly its just doing brrrrrrrrrtttttttt basiclly :P
    But it is plugged in the correct way in the bay, theres some dust but its not much really.

    Based off the sounds you've described to me, it sounds to me that there might be something wrong with the Read/Write Arm of your HDD so it might be starting to fail. You might have replace the HDD. I'd suggest you check again that the HDD is plugged properly (push things in just to be sure).
  7. MeesterYellow said:
    Scibility said:
    MeesterYellow said:
    What kind of noise is it making? Is it like a buzzing noise? If so, make sure every component is properly in place, especially the HDD (screw in all the holes of the mount/bay, make sure it's properly plugged in).

    I had a problem where I had some buzzing noise going on under load for a while, then I opened my case, did what I suggested to you, and closed it. No more noise happened ever since.
    The HDD I had was about 5 years old. It's quiet now.


    I can't really tell the exact noise properly its just doing brrrrrrrrrtttttttt basiclly :P
    But it is plugged in the correct way in the bay, theres some dust but its not much really.

    Based off the sounds you've described to me, it sounds to me that there might be something wrong with the Read/Write Arm of your HDD so it might be starting to fail. You might have replace the HDD. I'd suggest you check again that the HDD is plugged properly (push things in just to be sure).


    I did just push the plugs in to make sure they were sat properly, i will be testing it out with some other games now so i can verify if its just heavy gaming or watch dogs 2 only.
  8. Gta V didn't cause any sound from my HDD so thats one heavy game down for now to keep you updated.

    EDIT: Neither did The witcher 3 wild hunt.
  9. Scibility said:
    Nonpossible said:
    Scibility said:
    As the title says it sometimes makes a noise you'd expect from a old pentium 2 PC under pressure, i never experienced it before on any other games i've played lately maybe its a new issue i need to investigate further but atleast for WD2 it does. Can anyone tell me if this is the start of HDD failure? its a 2 year old WD 1TB

    Setup:
    i5 4690K with a corsair h110i extreme performance water cooler
    MSI GTX970 Gaming 4GB
    16GB crucial ballistix ram
    750W PSU from coolermaster

    You can run a disk check and see if it has any bad sectors. Go to your search bar in Windows and type "chkdsk" and run the utility. You can also go to Disk Management, right click on your drive, go to options and run the error checking tool under the "tools' tab.
    Ultimately, it would be a good idea to backup your files or store a Windows image on another drive for recovery.
    Also, I think you'll be quite happy with the performance boost if you upgrade to an SSD.


    I checked my HDD it says no errors, also i already have a SSD and checked it aswell no errors displaying. And i have no backup atm which is why i want to get the right answer on this ASAP :)


    Regardless of the answer, you should backup your files for redundancy purposes. Then you can sleep soundly knowing if the drive fails you don't lose anything except what you have added since the last backup you ran.
  10. Alright i guess ill have to do that then, i have a 32gb usb here which i can use.
  11. Scibility said:
    Alright i guess ill have to do that then, i have a 32gb usb here which i can use.

    Imho, after backing up all your stuff, I think it's time to get a new HDD, they don't cost much ($60 - $80 CAD, $50 - $70).
  12. MeesterYellow said:
    Scibility said:
    Alright i guess ill have to do that then, i have a 32gb usb here which i can use.

    Imho, after backing up all your stuff, I think it's time to get a new HDD, they don't cost much ($60 - $80 CAD, $50 - $70).


    I think you're right. although even after few days now of gaming i still haven't noticed anyting like that sound from the HDD now.
    It must be some file in WD2 trying to kill it or something idk, i will back it up just incase. thanks for help i hope others can still clarify other possible problems it might be besides its dying
  13. Scibility said:
    MeesterYellow said:
    Scibility said:
    Alright i guess ill have to do that then, i have a 32gb usb here which i can use.

    Imho, after backing up all your stuff, I think it's time to get a new HDD, they don't cost much ($60 - $80 CAD, $50 - $70).


    I think you're right. although even after few days now of gaming i still haven't noticed anyting like that sound from the HDD now.
    It must be some file in WD2 trying to kill it or something idk, i will back it up just incase. thanks for help i hope others can still clarify other possible problems it might be besides its dying

    No problem. Glad I was able to help.
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