I have a Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 1.5GB hard drive. I'm noticing a "zzz" sound from very rarely, is there a program I can use to make sure it's okay and it's not just usual noises? Sounds like a CD/DVD is loading in my dvd drive. I'm not hearing any deadly noises though like clicks. The "zzz" sound is sudden and brief lasts 1 second.
Hmmm i don't know. The hdd that came with the PC i bought at a tech store makes some horrible clicking noises (not very loud but it sounds like the heads are hitting the platters). It was having write errors when i first used it but after awhile it stopped. How old is your drive and can you check the S.M.A.R.T. info? You can do this by getting Defraggler.
Speedfan and HDTune are probably some of the best programs to read S.M.A.R.T. readings on hard drives, S.M.A.R.T. will tell you for example if your drive has bad sectors.
But you say you have a zzz sound? Is your drive having to spin up? Depending on how windows power options are setup, windows will shut off your hard drives after about half an hour of inactivity. Thus when you do something next that requires a read/write it will have to spin up the drive making a zzz sound. Personally I think you should disable windows turning off the hard drives when idle, less start/stop cycles wearing down the drive.
However the only other thing I know of that would cause a zzz sound would be if the hard drive isn't properly tightened in your case(some people only use 2 screws on one side to hold the HDD to prevent them from opening the other side of the case, this isn't advised.)
Hey jase, I think you nailed it. I'm fairly certain that I only used 2 screws to screw my hard drive in. I will check inside my in the next few days. I remember having a hard time using the "tool less hard drive installation" trays on my NZXT Phantom and couldn't line up the hard drive with the rubber screws. Some rubber screws went in without the rubber ring around it (which means it's the metal screw only against another metal part of the case. You think all this can contribute to the sound that HDD is producing?
But we'll save the Windows solution in case my memory is wrong and I used the 4 rubber screws.
They're not exactly "rubber screws" they are just small screw-like screws, (don't really have the twist on the screw just cylinder-shaped. And at the front of the screw the circle has rubber around it which is removable. I think I have the option to just use regular screws, should I do that instead?
I don't know it depends, i am unsure what it sounds like. Just as a precaution back up any data! By any chance does your drive sound like this: Hard drive making weird noise? I would definitely try those rubber screws.. i think i know what your talking about cuz i had an external seagate i took apart to try to fix (to no avail.. lol) which had rubbers that fit onto cylinder shaped screws.