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post #11 of 21
I've got a spare 750GB 5400rpm SATA WD Scorpio Blue dated Sep 2011 from an old laptop that does this. When I had it in my rig for a while screwing about with ReFS I'd notice a very audible and annoying sound like that at random intervals, maybe once every couple of hours; I initially thought it might be the PSU fan stopping or something. The drive works perfectly fine and everything was set up so the drive doesn't ever spin down so it's sorta left me puzzled, the only thing I can put it down to is some sort of damage to the drive causing it to stop or be unable to read data.

RMA that sucker.
Edited by Bearybear - 4/9/14 at 7:31am
post #12 of 21
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mAs81 View Post

Something like this?

Usually the clicking sound a Hard drive makes means the drive itself is nearing its death..Since its new,and you obviously have warranty,why not RMA it?

That would be fairly close and what I was imagining it doing, head banging.
post #13 of 21
There are a lot of videos like this on Youtube..Try watching some to be sure if your clicking is,in fact,the clicking of death..If so,as I said before,sorry mate but I guess RMA is your only option sadsmiley.gif
   
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post #14 of 21
A clicking hard drive is never a good thing. Death of the HDD is almost certain and you can never tell when.
A good way of testing HDDs is a bootable version of Linux called Parted Magic, run an extended health check. It reads SMART data very well, too.
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post #15 of 21
I would do what the above post says. If it passes keep the drive. You should already be backing up your data so just run it and test it every 2 weeks on the extended smart test.
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post #17 of 21
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It's a new empty drive so I'm not losing anything. Only put a video file there so I had something to test.
Been running LifeGuard Diagnostics long check for 5h now. No idea if it would detect anything.

Quote:

Normal sounds include:
  • Whining noise during drive spin-up.
  • Regular clicking or tapping sounds during drive access.
  • Hard clicks when the drive heads park during power saving modes like Standby or Hibernation.

That would fit but I wouldn't call it normal. I have a WD Red of same size in the same rig and that one makes no noises.
post #18 of 21
I'd run the scans built into Seatools and see what it comes up with. Clicking is an odd one. Sometimes the HDD is very loud but is operationally fine, other times the click is indication of failure. It's hard to say.
 
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post #19 of 21
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Bootup video
Doesn't sound too abnormal. Try to ignore the stock fan noise.



This is the knocking sound it makes while accessing.
In this case I was using Speccy to get the drive model ID. When I closed Speccy it stopped. No drive should be doing this IMO.

Edited by Tisca - 4/9/14 at 3:40pm
post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by snoball View Post

I'd run the scans built into Seatools and see what it comes up with. Clicking is an odd one. Sometimes the HDD is very loud but is operationally fine, other times the click is indication of failure. It's hard to say.

That made my system freeze both times I tried. Unistalling it.
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