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I am currently running 2x 1TB WD Black Drives, 1x Seagate 1.5TB...

The Seagate is a RMA return from a 1.5TB that failed on me before... I'm trying to see if this sound is the sound of yet another failing 1.5TB
I ran HD Tune to perform a random access Read test (512b, 4kb, 64kb, 1mb, random) and during the test I recorded the hard drive on a mic.

Rather than describing the sound I'll let you check the sound out... at 0:22, 0:30 & 2:13

http://plunder.com/217dd1cd92
or
http://www.plunder.com/Hard-Drive-Fa...217dd1cd92.htm

HD Tune Results after Read Test (no errors before I ran test)



Please let me know what you think...

Also, my WD Black Drives are showing up with this on the health tab

HDD 1 - C: drive

HDD 2 - E: drive
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Those reports would give me concern, and alot of it. though the sounds are fairly normal.
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Seagate uses SMART values for different things than other manufacturers. Most of those red lines are nothing to worry about. I don't know what Command Timeout is, but Wikipedia says it may be cable related.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.M.A.R.T.

BD looks a bit more serious. That indicates vibrations or something causing the head to not rest on the platter. 60 events since the drive was manufactured isn't hugely high, but I suspect each time it happens there's a chance of damage.


UDMA CRC counts indicate cable problems. All your drives seem to have bad quality or loose SATA cables corrupting some of the data going to/from your SATA controller. You need to replace at least two of them - maybe all three. Afterwards, monitor the UDMA CRC count values to make sure they've stopped going up.
     
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I think the above poster may be correct, Seagate makes great drives, I've never had one fail on me yet, no not one. HD Tune is just an "OK" program to me, the main thing is that you perform chkdsk /r or /f (provided you aren't using RAID) on your drives from time to time, if you are having performance issues, then it may be something related to the controller, the cables, &/or both, when a hard drive is "failing" you usually run into BSODs (0X00000050 or 51 etc), or when writing something to the drive Windows will LOCK UP. If you get freezing or lock up, that's a better indicator of mechanical failure.

Hope this was helpful in some way.
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HDD's are cheap. Just buy new ones if you are concerned...

Found this too...
http://club.myce.com/f138/hard-drive-pauses-then-clicks-weird-coincidences-could-use-hand-179390/

Seems to describe that noise exactly. Might be of help.

Ya... I keep reading and theres a lot of posts saying that hard drive clicks can be directly contributed to power supply/molex or power cabling problems.
Edited by DigitalPhreak - 8/15/11 at 2:13pm
    
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