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Serious issues with HDD, help with SMART data ; Chirping sound from HDD

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There are weird chirping sounds coming from my system when I do this :

I have about 20 tabs open across bunch of windows in IE8. Then all the windows/tabs are combined into one icon in the taskbar.
Then I hover my mouse over the taskbar icon and the list of all the tabs comes up.

Then I run the mouse pointer up and down the list of the tabs and their previews show up as expected but..

This is when the sound comes. I can distinctively notice that everytime I move my mouse pointer from one tab to other(and the displayed preview changes) the chirping noise is produced.

I stopped the cpu fan, gpu fans and case fans and the sound is still there,
I think its coming from the HDD.
Edited by lurkingdevil - 3/3/11 at 8:08am
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post #2 of 9
Well... if you have some chirping noises from your HDD well that's never good. Lol It's probably going out somewhat. I'd look for a replacement.
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Ok now I'm having real problems. The system is freezing randomly and BIOS is unable to detect the HDD on subsequent reboot. I have to do a cold reboot for it to detect the hard drive.

Following is the SMART data from HD Tune :



How long do you think the drive will last? It doesn't look good to me, but I'm a newbie at this stuff.
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Your hard drive is failing. Back up and RMA (or replace). That chirping sound is mechanical and is probably happening when Windows is reading from (or writing to) the page file or browser cache.
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Originally Posted by lurkingdevil View Post
How long do you think the drive will last? It doesn't look good to me, but I'm a newbie at this stuff.
You're right, it doesn't look too good. 1197 reallocated sectors is bad. It's not far from the set threshold. The drive has also been unsuccessful in 47 spin-ups (spin retry count). There are also 1584165 CRC errors, which sometimes point to a bad cable. But in any case the drive should be replaced at this point.
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You're right, it doesn't look too good. 1197 reallocated sectors is bad. It's not far from the set threshold. The drive has also been unsuccessful in 47 spin-ups (spin retry count). There are also 1584165 CRC errors, which sometimes point to a bad cable. But in any case the drive should be replaced at this point.
Seagate drives always display a bogus value in that field (and a couple of others).

Nevertheless, this drive is on its last legs and is a good candidate for RMA.
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My system has been running for about 28 hours now without a freeze up.
Last day I couldn't get into windows and not have a freeze up. I then tried something crazy, when the system froze up, I removed the sata power cable and plugged it in again. About 20 seconds later windows came back with an error. After closing the error window it started to work OK and I have not since shutdown the system. Its still running fine.
Weird stuff.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by lurkingdevil View Post
My system has been running for about 28 hours now without a freeze up.
Last day I couldn't get into windows and not have a freeze up. I then tried something crazy, when the system froze up, I removed the sata power cable and plugged it in again. About 20 seconds later windows came back with an error. After closing the error window it started to work OK and I have not since shutdown the system. Its still running fine.
Weird stuff.
Even if it's still running fine now, your drive only has a short time left to live. I hope you backed up anything you think is important and RMA'd the drive.
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Even if it's still running fine now, your drive only has a short time left to live. I hope you backed up anything you think is important and RMA'd the drive.
I have acquired a spare drive to back up data to, can you please suggest me a proper method to do in this thread.
Thanks.
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