Hello, I have a seagate 7200.11 1TB drive that I currently use as a storage drive for all my media, and as such, it is only used when I'm watching movies or installing something.
Recently (~2 months ago), when I accessed the drive after a longish time of no use (say first boot up or 30 minutes of no use) it makes a really loud spinning noise, then followed what sounds like the arm hitting the side rapidly (whirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrl....click.click.click.click), this causes the read/write to delay about ~5 seconds max and then it would continue on as normal, this won't happen if I'm continuously using the drive.
I'm using windows 7 with AHCI enabled, and was wondering if this is a new "sleep" feature for power saving (yeahhhhh that 1000w power supply is green alright) and the damned thing is coming out of sleep or something, so was wondering if there is a place to set it, or else if this sounds like a dying HDD.
BTW speed fan reports SMART is NOT tripped, I know it can be useless, but when the thing works fine and don't have any issue accessing data otherwise. Are there any HDisk testing software that will actively test the drive instead of reading SMART data?
I'm surprised about the .10 - those are quite reliable for the most part, and a friend has a system with 6 (yes, 6) 7200.10s (4 500s and 2 750s) that have been working perfectly for the past two and a half years. The .11s were the problem drives.