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Seagate 4TB seek noise(AAM)

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Hello. I'm a old Seagate consumer since Seagate is everywhere and cheaper HD's in my country. I have an ST2000DM001 which is running fine yet after 24000 hours. I had another ST500DM002 which has 4 years too and other Seagate 250GB with 8 years working properly. So like you can see i'm being lucky with Seagate till now since they have a higher failt rate last years specially with 2TB model.

But recently i just purchased a ST4000DM001 which i'm using for like 1 month and the problem is the high noise of seek this drive do. Unfortunately after reasearching i see the HD has higher AAM default value(HD tune says it is set at 208) than ST2000(current value 0 by HDtune) for example, which make ST4000 sound like a crazy thing when doing random reads or access time. It only stay quiet in totally idle or in sequential reading.

I was in doubt if the exagerated sound this make is some problem with disk itself and a replacement should fix it, but i dont believe that much. I want to know if there is someway to force change AAM default value even if disk has no AAM support. Looks like Seagate make this 4TB 5900rpm HDD with higher seek time to compensate the lower RPM and give this model a good performance. The benchmark speed of this disk is close to 2TB 7200RPM.

The sound difference is at a level which when disk is busy and noising i can hear that sound at five meters distant with a silent dark night. While the ST2000 at same work i can barely hear sitting one meter of it. All i can hear at night is the 4TB disk working from my case which is a bit annoying.

I find no complaints about this seek noise around the net for this model, should people not notice it is just my disk. Someone to share something about this?

Thanks.
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I have incredibly loud seek noise, sounds like grinding, almost like a coffee machine coming from a HGST deskstar NAS 4TB and a seagate 3tb...they both pass their respective tools in SMART with no blemishes, short test, and long test and crystal diskmark for good measure.

It only occurs during virus scans, benchmarks, short/long tests, I never notice it on bulk transfers or spin up, boot up, idle, disk access...

So I kind of just decided to live with it and decide everything is aces... it's not a laser sound, it's not the click of death, it not any of those common bad sounds you don't want to hear and I'm passing all the tests


So when it comes down to it...some disks are just louder than others (so yes they can make loud sounds) even if they are the same model I think, because I have the multiples of these drives that don't sound like this.

Someone can correct me if I'm wrong...and tell me what's wrong with my drives too lol.
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