Re: Hard Drive Revving noise

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Doug, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. Doug

    Doug Guest

    Steve.IA wrote:
    >> Dell Optiplex GX280
    >> XP pro SP3.
    >> Intel Pentium 4 3.00GHz
    >> Maxtor 6Y250M0 HD
    >> 2048 Mbytes Ram
    >> Occasionally, even when pc is not working hard, say, playing
    >> solitaire or using MSWord to write this, I can hear the HD rev up
    >> for a few seconds then coast down. It will often not do it for
    >> hours, but after it starts, it revs every 15 seconds or so and may
    >> or may not continue. I can't make it start, and nothing I've tried
    >> will make it stop. It seems to have a mind of its own, starting and
    >> stopping the series of revs.
    >> I've watched using Task Manager and Process Explorer but can't see
    >> anything unusual. The CPU usage doesn't come close to maxing out,
    >> just little spikes that may or may not coincide with the sounds.
    >> They rarely go over 4% usage.
    >> I've checked the processes being used and see nothing unusual.
    >> For test purposes I've shut off the AVG antivirus and physically
    >> disconnected from the internet, but this has no effect on the sound
    >> generation or frequency.
    >> I've checked the Event Viewer and saw nothing that corresponded to
    >> the revving noise.
    >> The temperature sensor hasn't gone over 140ºF whenever I've checked
    >> it and it revs at cooler temps also. The PC has 2 cooling fans, 1
    >> for the HD and 1 other. The sound is not coming from these fans as
    >> I've had the case open listening for the sound and it's definitely
    >> the HD.
    >> The PC is running fine, it's just new to me and the sound is
    >> disconcerting as I've never had one make this kind of sound for no
    >> good reason. (well, maybe it's a good reason, I just can't identify
    >> what it is.)
    >> Is this revving normal? Is it just a noisy HD?
    >> Thanks for your kind responses.
    >> Steve
    >> 41ºN

    Or a fan.

    Is it dirty inside?
    Doug, Apr 9, 2009
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