Recently I started noticing some grinding noises coming from my hard drives (2 Seagate Barracuda 1TB drives in RAID 0). I don't think I these noises were present when I first bought the drives, although I can't be certain, but after doing a quick hardware change(moving some fans around) I started noticing my hard drives making noises. I'm sure this isn't related to the hardware change. Is there any way to get rid of hard drive noise? I am using a Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
I would suggest you do some troubleshooting first. You need to figure out exactly where the sound is coming from.
BEFORE DOING ANYTHING ELSE create a system backup with a system image to a separate hard drive or at least to a set of DVD's.
First check your fans by just stopping them with your finger (carefully). If the sound stops there's your problem. Replace any bad fans as necessary.
Get a metal rod and place one end of it on the hard drive you think is causing the problem, put the other end in your ear and listen for excessive noise. A steady hum is probably normal but any grinding, squealing or crunching sound would indicate a problem. Note: when the heads move you will hear small clicking sounds because the heads move very rapidly-also normal. Chances are one drive will be making substantially more noise than the other. If you identify a failing drive, get a new one of the same type and replace the bad drive.
This will help you identify exactly what is causing the noise. My suspicion is that you have a bad fan.
I have owned a noisy hard drive before, and the sound I am noticing sounds very similar to that. Apparently hard drive noise is normal, but I would like to know how to get rid of it. I ran a set of HDD tests using SeaTools and my drive passed all of them, so there shouldn't be anything wrong with the drive.
I have a CM 690 II and am not overly eager about trying suspension... although I will if it's absolutely necessary. However, I would first like to see if there are any retail products that would eliminate hard drive noise (if the noise is even normal. I did not notice any noise when I first built the PC).