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Seagate Barracuda 1TB Hard Drive with Clicking Sound!

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March 2, 2010 6:41:34 PM

Hey guys,

I have a Seagate 1TB Barracuda 32mb Hard Drive (ST31000528AS) and ever since i got it, it's been making a lot of clicking noises. It's not constantly clicking, it clicks when the hard drive is at rest and i want to open or a particular application needs to access it. Basically, if i open a file on the hard drive when at rest, the file will not open right away, it will stall for 2-5 seconds, then make one click and then the file finally opens... I heard that for Seagate hard drives, they are always making noises and it's normal and not just my particular one... but it isn't normal that the hard drive has such a long response when accessing a file! =/ PLEASE HELP!

Thanks!
March 3, 2010 5:51:46 PM

Same here with me .. long loading times ... which is the best next to seagate ?
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March 3, 2010 5:58:03 PM

It sounds like you got a bad drive.

RMA it to the vendor you bought it form. If they won't take it then contact Seagate as all their HDD's have a 5 year warranty.

If you do get your money back I suggest you check out the Samsung Spinpoint F3 drives. They are great drives. Check out the charts on Toms for some numbers.
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March 4, 2010 4:31:26 AM

Same problem here with my Seagate 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB drive!

Just avoid Seagate drive in the future!
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March 4, 2010 5:12:57 AM

Backup the data on the drives fast. Clicking sounds in a hard drive are not good.
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March 5, 2010 6:56:21 AM

jsc said:
Backup the data on the drives fast. Clicking sounds in a hard drive are not good.

Do you think that I will be able to RMA it for the issue?
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March 5, 2010 5:48:46 PM

Bare in mind that a huge batch of the Barracuda drives were cursed with a dodgy firmware bug, which I've heard can brick the HD. I'd get in touch with their support just to make sure you have the correct firmware,
Good luck.
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March 5, 2010 5:53:16 PM

You should be able to RMA it for that issue. I would recommend backing up all of your data immediately because a clicking noise in a drive is never a good thing.
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May 20, 2011 6:42:12 PM

same here. i hate to hear that. seems buying drives are like rolling the dice these days.
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