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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-23-2019, 05:14 AM - Thread Starter
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WD Ultrastar 14 TB making loud noises

I have a WD Ultrastar 14 TB in my system and i have noticed it has started making loud and strange noises all of sudden when i have more than one file from Firefox downloading to it and it has never done that before and i have never heard a drive make that kind of noise before

So i did the obvious thing and stopped what i was doing and ran some tests on the drive using both Crystal Disk Info, Hard Drive Sentinel and Seagate Seatools and all results says the drive is fine so i am pretty confused is there something wrong with the drive or not?

My 16 TB is Seagate Ironwolf Pro is less than half full so i do have space to copy everything from the 14 TB over to the 16 TB but its going to take close to 24 hours to copy everything over
Anyone have any thoughts on this?

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I am heavy user of mechanical HDDs and I own 6 of the 14TB alongside with ton of 8TB, still the largest capacity before getting into Helium, which seem to run much quieter and the none Helium is by far my favorite.

It's always a good idea to make a quick recording while posting your inquiry so hearing actually the sound we can have a better idea whether it's the nature of the HDD as some of the Helium will get slightly louder after while of use or something else is happening

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Strange thing is i did a restart of the system and now its fine so i dont know if it was making that noise because it was getting overloaded by a couple of 1 GB downloads or what was going on
Dont know if that had anything to do with it but i bought a VPN and started using it a few weeks ago

Are the 16 TB Ironwolf Pro helium by the way?
Edit: i bought the WD 14 TB back in April so its still a pretty new drive and the oldest drive i have i bought in June last year so all of the drives are what i would consider new

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WD currently Ultrastar are pretty good HDD in general I have never own Seagate so I can't comment on that brand but I'm sure they are pretty good drives as well.

I have some very old drives that still running across my home network systems and not a single issue and I'm talking 10-12 years old, not even single write error rate which is the very first thing you see when your drive has any type of issues.

Over few decades of using mechanical drive and not having single one fail on me...heck I have few drives that are almost 20 years old still working, although I don't used them on daily bases but keep them as souvenir.

I follow some few rules I try to stick with and because of such good results I believe that works for me.

Anyhow, I'm sure anything above 8TB is Helium and that will be across all brands, the density of platters wont allow to go beyond that capacity without use of Helium so I'm sure the 16TB is most definitely Helium.

tbh. and depends on how long people planning on keeping their drives and that comes from user of both Helium and standard drives I still think none Helium HDDs last much longer, there is no prediction how long neither of drives will last, they all are ticking time bomb, but I'm seen some performance and noise level difference between both types of drives.

I have 2x 12TB that are 3 years old and I know thins slight louder noise in both of them, I'm sure its the helium leak, Its inevitable process of Helium, that is the reason I prefer 8TB as they are still standard HDDs.

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After i had a WD Red go bad on me i moved over to Seagate a little over 2 years ago and i use my HDD on a daily basis so they are getting a fair bit of use
I have always bought the Ironwolf Pro´s with only one exception where i bought a normal Ironwolf (a 12 Tb) since i just needed a drive to dump less important stuff on

I have had an 8 and 10 TB Ironwolf Pro which i sold because they where too small and right now i have a 12 a 14 and a 16 TB Ironwolf Pro and a 12 TB non Pro Ironwolf
Never had a bad experience or had an Ironwolf Pro go bad and i actually prefer them compared to the WD drives

As for the Helium thing i was not aware and i dont care as long as the drives last their 5 year warranty hell i probably wont even have them that long
Adding the 5 HDD´s up i got 61,7 TB worth of storage

Edit: the only reason why i bought the WD Ultrastar was because the Ironwolf Pro 14 TB was out of stock locally and the Ultrastar was slightly cheaper and i had a limited budget at the time
One thing i have noticed is with all the Seagate drives i can see how many TB´s worth of writes the drives have had in their life time but you cant see that with the WD Ultrastar

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Yes, Its all about preference, some like WD some Saeagate either of them can go south anytime, It all depends what you started out with and whether you had good or bad experience.

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