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I bought a Seagate HDD 200GB, S-ATA II (7200.9) yesterday and I installed it. Everything went fine until the night came and I went to sleep.
Well at least I tried to sleep ! The new hard drive was making a weird annoying sound... a faint but discernable click.

I know, some will say I'm a maniac... but believe me I can sleep fine to the sound of my computer running with all the fans spinning because they make a constant unchanging sound.
I just couldn't sleep when I heard that rhythmical click !
The closest thing I could think of to describe the rhythm would be like the sound of a train travelling at speed along the tracks (you often hear this in film soundtracks as the train carriages pass over loose sleepers) the pattern is "click, click, pause, click, click..." repeating.

Well I downloaded the SEAtools utility from the Seagate website and ran it on my Seagate drive, including the comprehensive scan for bad sectors.
The drive came through perfectly, with no errors and no bad sectors reported.

So I wrote to Seagate Tech support.
They replied that this noise is perfectly normal. It's called "STIR" (Seek to Increase Reliability), a technology built into the drive controller that randomly seeks when the drive is idle in order to keep the drive head from sitting in one place too long (which creates heat that can potentially harm the integrity of the media). Furthermore, this cannot be disabled ! Not even by flashing a new firmware !

I think I will replace my hard drive with a Seagate S-ATA 120GB since that one doesn't make the annoying sound I now hate so much !

That's it ! I thought I'd share this with all the people who might think they have a defective Seagate HDD. So much for buying a bigger drive !
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So I wrote to Seagate Tech support.
They replied that this noise is perfectly normal. It's called "STIR" (Seek to Increase Reliability), a technology built into the drive controller that randomly seeks when the drive is idle in order to keep the drive head from sitting in one place too long (which creates heat that can potentially harm the integrity of the media). Furthermore, this cannot be disabled ! Not even by flashing a new firmware !

The clicking aside, if it's something they designed to protect the drive, why would you even think about disabling it? And why would you expect them to make a firmware upgrade to disable it?

:shrug: Never heard any clicking from my 300GB SATA Seagate, but I don't sleep next to it.
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its normal, deal with it.
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true its normal just ignore it
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p.s. i think that that alone is amazing technology from Seagate. ahhhhhh i love Seagate.
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The clicking aside, if it's something they designed to protect the drive, why would you even think about disabling it? And why would you expect them to make a firmware upgrade to disable it?

:shrug: Never heard any clicking from my 300GB SATA Seagate, but I don't sleep next to it.
I want to disable it because it's a very annoying faint little sound that prevents me from getting some sleep ! lol
For instance, I never liked to have a wall clock in my room because when everything is quiet at night the ticking stops me from sleeping. It makes me nervous.
I will return my hard drive and replace it by a 120GB Seagate that doesn't click like that.
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turn it off befor bed i do
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post #9 of 9
Its completely normal i mean ok yes the noise can be annoying but Seagate make good HDD'S but next time go with a Western Digital as there pretty much Silent.
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