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Not sure if my hard drive is about to fail

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July 3, 2012 2:15:59 AM

Hey guys, I've just built my new system 1 week ago and I have a M4 as my boot drive and a WD 500gb for storage.

I've had failing hard drives before and I know the clicking sounds associated with them...
My new WD drive makes 2-3 clicking sounds when waking up from sleep, or when booting up my computer. Is this something I should be worried about?

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a b G Storage
July 3, 2012 6:48:12 AM

If you just built a new system a week ago it wouldn't hurt to swap out the 500G drive and have it replaced just to be on the safe side.
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a b G Storage
July 3, 2012 8:09:48 AM

usually unusual noise from can be meaning motor problems....

If u had SMART enabled from bios, u can check smart data it will give u a signal of failing drives or u can using program like speedfan / seatool / etc to read it for u...

(some problems like electrical can broke the drive instantly, so SMART data only for reference, it wise choice to backup data periodically)

edit:
is your wd ticking sound same as spin up sound?

my wd 500gb caviar blue having spin up sound when turned on but it still good for now (3 month...)
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a c 379 G Storage
July 3, 2012 11:35:19 AM

Is this a green drive? They tend to park their heads a lot so that it can spin down and save power. If it's a subtle click it should be ok.
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July 3, 2012 11:45:42 PM

No, it's a caviar black drive.

I ran a SMART test on the drive with SpeedFan and it did just fine, its fitness and performance both scored well... The drive only makes 2-3 small clunks when I'm booting up and now I'm assuming I'll be ok.
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a b G Storage
July 4, 2012 4:05:02 AM

Looks like it's good to go, periodic backup important data is advised....

(not owned WD C_Black so cannot give more advice than that..)
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July 4, 2012 4:41:50 AM

Yep, I'll be keeping an eye on it and defragging about once every two weeks, I'll let you guys know if anything else happens.

Thanks!
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a b G Storage
July 4, 2012 7:40:39 AM

w7 will automatically defrag the drive for u periodically (I don't even know when he do it)..

But before we side tracked...... good luck with the drive.....
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July 10, 2012 1:34:32 PM

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