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Sata 3

Make sure you're on the Intel ports and have Intel RST installed, if you haven't already.
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Can't believe this, it's my second blue and it seems to be going bad as well. Performance is fine but odd constant rattling noise on idle... What the hell, SMART shows nothing but this noise is annoying as hell (it's quiet though, can only hear it in a quiet room with nothing covering my ears). This can't be happening lol, I got a spare one but this still sucks. Backing it up on the spare drive now :/
I had a Raptor that made odd noises when idle for almost a decade. It died after I powered it down for a month or two, so it must've been some sort of cleanup/maintenance algorithm.
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Has anybody benched the 1TB/platter Blacks yet?
http://www.overclock.net/t/1456760/new-hdd-wd2003fzex-vs-st2000dm001/0_100#post_21561608
http://www.overclock.net/t/1446170/how-good-is-this-drive/0_100
     
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Huh, well that's disappointing. $20 for a extra 2-year warranty...not a bad thing to have a better warranty but still...

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May have to return my drive for the second time. Randomly makes noises with me not doing anything and hear clicking from time to time. Don't even have a single file on it because I think it'll fail soon.
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    You could try full formatting it from Windows Explorer to see that pushes it over the brink, or if it takes a very long time (more than a day) to complete.  If a full format seems to go OK, check the SMART information for numbers (raw/actual values) that should be zero but are not.
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Make sure you're on the Intel ports and have Intel RST installed, if you haven't already.

Thanks for the reply. It's plugged into the white Intel Sata 3 port (SSD is in the other one). I'm using 12.8.0.1016 RST drivers.
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I had a Raptor that made odd noises when idle for almost a decade. It died after I powered it down for a month or two, so it must've been some sort of cleanup/maintenance algorithm.

Yeah, must be that. It stopped after a while. I got my backup but this still stinks.
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I had a Raptor that made odd noises when idle for almost a decade. It died after I powered it down for a month or two, so it must've been some sort of cleanup/maintenance algorithm.

Yeah, must be that. It stopped after a while. I got my backup but this still stinks.
WD drives often have such features. That's the main reason I buy them. If the drive is clicking, that could be bad, but idle chatter isn't necessarily bad.

The backup guys at backblaze charted survival rates for modern drives. My results are pretty similar on a sample size around 30.

I wouldn't immediately panic about a noisy drive, but I would be searching through Youtube to find a similar sound to corroborate it isn't an issue.

http://blog.backblaze.com/2014/01/21/what-hard-drive-should-i-buy/

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Make sure you're on the Intel ports and have Intel RST installed, if you haven't already.

Thanks for the reply. It's plugged into the white Intel Sata 3 port (SSD is in the other one). I'm using 12.8.0.1016 RST drivers.
It's odd that yours is significantly slower. How does the RandomAccess test fare?
     
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WD drives often have such features. That's the main reason I buy them. If the drive is clicking, that could be bad, but idle chatter isn't necessarily bad.

The backup guys at backblaze charted survival rates for modern drives. My results are pretty similar on a sample size around 30.

I wouldn't immediately panic about a noisy drive, but I would be searching through Youtube to find a similar sound to corroborate it isn't an issue.

You're probably right, but because my previous blue did really fail me I am a bit paranoid tongue.gif I've had a good experience with WD for the most part (besides the two external drives I had but that was a power supply issue). And the noise was really faint, haven't really found anything similar. It sounded like it was defragging but slowly. I did notice it after running a defrag, that's the funny part. After a reboot the noise came back once the drive was idle again though (so it's not like it was still defragging after the application had shutdown). But some minutes or hours later it disappeared. SMART and benchmarks all show flawless values so perhaps it's really nothing to worry about.
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You're probably right, but because my previous blue did really fail me I am a bit paranoid tongue.gif I've had a good experience with WD for the most part (besides the two external drives I had but that was a power supply issue). And the noise was really faint, haven't really found anything similar. It sounded like it was defragging but slowly. I did notice it after running a defrag, that's the funny part. After a reboot the noise came back once the drive was idle again though (so it's not like it was still defragging after the application had shutdown). But some minutes or hours later it disappeared. SMART and benchmarks all show flawless values so perhaps it's really nothing to worry about.

I keep a close eye on SMART stats - I've never had a WD drive fail without first putting something alarming in SMART. Usually Offline Uncorrectable and Current Pending Sectors. Multi-Zone Error Rate and Read Error Rate being non-zero is also very concerning, although other brands report anomalous info there. (Every Seagate drive that I have has a high Read Error Rate - doesn't seem to mean anything for them.)

Ironically, none of the tools that claim to watch drive health have ever alerted me to a failing drive, even when it was plainly visible in the SMART stats. I don't think they interpret the stats correctly.

My Raptor made a similar sound... in the BIOS, just after I powered it on. Almost like it was reading and rewriting tracks. Leaving it off for a couple months, it couldn't do that, so that's how I deduced it was likely some maintenance routine. Raptors were designed for 24/7 servers and workstations, so they don't have offline time, and have to do all their health checks and maintenance on the go. Perhaps with track densities far higher now, WD is implementing the same sort of routines in their desktop drives?

Just a thought. Not guaranteed to be correct, but seems plausible.
     
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    You could try full formatting it from Windows Explorer to see that pushes it over the brink, or if it takes a very long time (more than a day) to complete.  If a full format seems to go OK, check the SMART information for numbers (raw/actual values) that should be zero but are not.
Alright, I'll check the the numbers again since its been a few months since I last checked them. Thanks!



Does anything seem out or out of place?
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