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Hi all,

I am getting somewhat of a grinding, metal to metal noise
when I boot my computer. Maybe the sound of bearings going bad.
It will make the noise for maybe a minute or so then slowly
fade and stop.
It sound too fast of a noise to be a fan. Hard drives spin very fast
correct? Ive had this computer a year now. A hard drive should last longer
then that.
Could it be my hard drive? Maybe a fan?
I didnt get a chance to pull my case out in the open, pull
the side off and listen.

Thanks
Tobias
 

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sounds like the drive itself may be thrashing around... do you notice the sound when doing anything hard drive intensive such as gaming, moving files, etc?

I would check in the bios for a S.M.A.R.T. report... if you cant find any options related to that, download speedfan at www.almico.com/speedfan.php ... install it and run it, then click on the S.M.A.R.T. tab, select your hard drive from the pull down and look at the bottom of the window... it has 2 meters that measure S.M.A.R.T. properties, fitness and performance
 

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No, ive only heard the noise at startup.
I got a new pair of headphones for x-mas for gaming
so i wouldn't have been able to hear anything while the comp
is under a load. Ive put my comp under load while riping
mp3's but haven't heard anything.
ill check S.M.A.R.T. when I get home.

thanks
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Originally Posted by TobiasTred

No, ive only heard the noise at startup.
I got a new pair of headphones for x-mas for gaming
so i wouldn't have been able to hear anything while the comp
is under a load. Ive put my comp under load while riping
mp3's but haven't heard anything.
ill check S.M.A.R.T. when I get home.

thanks
Tobias

you could just have a loose screw or fan somewhere that is rattling then settles down.
 

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I checked all the screws for all fans, hard drive, dvd burner, 3.5" and multi card reader. The only ones that I just realized I didnt check were the ones for my XP-90 mounting bracket.
 

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do you hear it after a cold boot and a warm boot?
 

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I heard it on a cold boot but not on a warm boot.
I installed some software yesterday and had to reboot
and it didn't make any noise. Ill check it again tonight
to make sure.
 

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Originally Posted by TobiasTred

I heard it on a cold boot but not on a warm boot.
I installed some software yesterday and had to reboot
and it didn't make any noise. Ill check it again tonight
to make sure.

I think youve got a rattle, fingers crossed you do. if you cant find the problem get another hard disk and try that and see if that helps to isolate the problem. (assuming you can get another one)
 

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Yea I hope its just a rattle.
What will SMART tell me if something is going wrong with my
hard drive? It can detect if the bearings are going bad?
 

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Just an update. I figured out what was making the noise.
I was going to read my SMART report, but decided to listen
to my case when I booted. I just happened to put my hand
on the back of the case where my 2 exhaust fans are.
Thats where the noise is coming from. Once i put a little
pressure on the 2 exhaust fans the noise stoped. So im just
getting a rattle in the back.

Thanks for everyones help.
 
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