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So I am getting major lag in my OS and the drive is making popping and grinding noises! Is it most likely dying? Are there any good programs to check the health of your drive? I just bought a new x4 955 so I am a little low on cash atm, so is there a way to prolong the live of my possibly failing hdd?

Basically I just need some help on what I can do, thanks in advance.
P.s.- The hard drive is from the rig in my sig.
Edited by fools79 - 4/1/11 at 10:23pm
    
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post #2 of 17
It may be failing, there's a pretty good chance of that . To check use a program called Speedfan and go in the SMART tab. If you have SMARTenabled in the BIOS you should be able to see its health status.
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post #3 of 17
Yep sounds like your drives dying. That popping noise is the spindle inside the HD. Quickly back up your files and get a new one.
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post #6 of 17
Any abnormal noise from a HDD is bad. There are a number of tools you're being recommended but the most important thing is : backup.

You don't know if it's going to last a few hours or another month. Take precautions.
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seagate seatools http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.js...00dd04090aRCRD
run the self tests
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post #8 of 17
Sometimes they will make noises like that for years and still work properly,but as was stated,you need to get a new one.Western digital has a great warranty,maybe you can rma?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ViSioNx View Post
seagate seatools http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.js...00dd04090aRCRD
run the self tests
Seatools is absolutely terrible as a diagnostic tool; it tells YOU virtually nothing. The ONLY conceivable reason to use it is if you are trying to RMA a Seagate drive and they want the secret code from it.
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post #10 of 17
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Yeah so I had to go pick up my lady last night after I posted, well all the tools I downloaded from WD say the drive is fine... that's just bs. It has now gotten to the point that my tower is very clearly shaking when the drive is making these sounds in addition to the sounds getting louder.

Anyways I don't feel like waiting for it fail but I also don't want to rma something that only cost me 30 bucks on sale at the egg, I need recommendations on a good drive that is 500gb and has a nice large cache and is preferably sata III 6gb/sec. Thanks for all the help guys.
    
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