just built my family's new computer, but there's one noise that seems rather odd, just wanted to make sure that it was normal. I have a western digital 120 gb caviar hd w/ 8mb cache and upon turning the computer on it emits a short buzz, the same noise you'd hear if a wire was hitting a moving fan. It lasts for about 1/4 of a second and has me kinda worried. The hd works absolutely perfectly though. Any ideas what that noise is?
i really hope that's what it is, i think i'm gonna call wd tech support to make sure. The drive doesn't score that well in sandra for some reason, it only gets 28 mb/sec or something like that. Do you think it might be because of the via 4-in 1 drivers, i read somewhere that they actually decrease performance in win xp. I think i'm gonna try installing hd driver marked for "performance" of the epox driver cd
Its possible i guess. Even the VIA4in1s for XP? You gotta remember too that you won't get anywhere near 100mb/sec anyway. I'm not sure what the real world numbers are for an ata100 drive, but they wouldn't be close to 100mbsec.
Had same problem with a 60 mb one.
Intermitent winning. Downloaded diag utility
form Seagate. No reported trouble.
But that particular disk droped frames
on capturing uncompressed video,
exactly when winning was happening.
I got rid of it in the next office sistem assambled.
this problem seems to be normal. I had also ordered one of these drives for myself (one for my parents computer one for mine) and my drive has the same exact little buzz upon boot, so i think it's normal, i'm still gonna call though.....interestingly enough though, on my computer the buzz did not come on when the hd was not detected by the mobo, it's as if the drive didn't spin at all, however the buzz comes on when the drive is not connected to the mobo or when it is connected properly, so i'm pretty sure that buzz must be normal, still gonna call wd and check though
ok, that drive is being formatted as i write this as a basic disk right now in my computer. with default allocation not sure what that means. and i'm not sure if i should have made it a dynamic disc either, let me know.............onto the more interesting problem. In my parents computer, win xp thinks the wd drive is SCSI, very annoying and i'm not sure why, might be why i'm only getting 27/mb sec benchmark from sandra on that drive. Was thinking of installing IDE miniport driver v3.0.14
but i want to know if i should do that and why in god's name it thinks the drive is SCSI