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My hard drive is making weird sounds.

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  • Western Digital
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January 4, 2013 5:35:03 PM

I got a brand new 2TB WD Caviar Black, and every time I access data, install something, or even open a program it makes a very loud noise.

http://ge.tt/2CW9KjU/v/0?c

That is the sound it make, and I recorded it while holding my phone a foot away.

Is this just the HDD being loud, or should i get a new one?

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a b G Storage
January 4, 2013 6:51:00 PM

Might be some resonance in your case. Try tightening up the screws or adding some rubber washers between the drive and mount. Let us know if that quiets it down...
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January 4, 2013 10:23:40 PM

I've tightened the screws, but I don't think it did anything, except making it a tad bit quiter.
I noticed that it is the loudest when the computer turns on or off.

Also I don't know if this could be a problem/cause/effect/etc , but according to HD Tune, after an hour or so of use, the temperature of the drive was around 50C.
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a b G Storage
January 5, 2013 11:51:51 AM

That's a bit high, I'd RMA it and try something else...
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June 12, 2013 6:22:02 AM

zdbc13 said:
That's a bit high, I'd RMA it and try something else...


WD Black, VelociRaptor and Enterprise series run much hotter than usual drives. For example RE4 (Enterprise) runs idle at 35 °C and under full load up to 59 °C (according to WD these are normal operating temps) - they go down to 29 and 41 respectively when actively cooled by a fan (about 35 CFM at 1000 RPM right next to the drive).

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September 25, 2013 6:20:44 AM

I think it is not really a problem (in function), I have the same problem and the drive runs nicely.
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