Sounds of pending HDD failure

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by caveat lector - reader beware, Oct 22, 2003.

  1. Sometimes it is quiet as normal, or it could growl or the clicking sound.

    I isolated it to the HDD, by using a pencil to stop the CPU fan.

    I tried the paperclip trick. Only made some smoke. (j/k)

    I have already copied My Documents, and any other critcal files to CD.

    I'll keep it running for a while to see what other sounds it makes, in the
    troes of death.

    A shame tho, this Western Digital is less than a year old. problem is, I bought
    it unboxed, thinking it was a good deal.

    Thankfully I bought that Gateway laptop.

    Now the clicking is almost quiet. It's just a matter of time.

    Sounds normally quiet now. HDD is in a rack-mount, that has a fan, but the
    clicking is too slow to be a tiny fan. It sounds more like the arm is striking
    a stop.

    When it does die, I will dissect the HDD, to inspect it.

    :)


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    caveat lector - reader beware, Oct 22, 2003
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  2. bmoag

    bmoag Guest

    My last hard drive failure happened without any strange noises. Just random
    freeze ups until finally it would not spin at all.
     
    bmoag, Oct 23, 2003
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  3. >From: "bmoag"
    >Newsgroups: alt.computer


    >Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2003 00:56:04 GMT
    >
    >
    >
    >My last hard drive failure happened without any strange noises. Just random
    >freeze ups until finally it would not spin at all.


    I've had the same problems. This one is going to die slow. It has been sounding
    normal for the last 2-3 hours.

    I had a customer, whose complaint was freeze ups. Sure enough after 15 minutes,
    the mouse stopped responding. She had no AV, FW, or SpyBot S&D. I managed,
    after three attempts, to get SpyBotS&D downloaded. Ran it to show her the
    adware/spyware on her Celeron/Win98 system. After that it never locked up,
    while clearing clutter, or during a partial (30%) defrag. I spent the remainder
    of the time, working a printer (Epson777) driver problem.



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    I'd tell you a secret, but it wouldn't be a secret anymore.
     
    caveat lector - reader beware, Oct 23, 2003
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  4. Frederick

    Frederick Guest

    If I remeber correctly that western digital has a three year warrenty, I
    think...

    " caveat lector - reader beware" <> wrote in
    message news:...
    > Sometimes it is quiet as normal, or it could growl or the clicking sound.
    >
    > I isolated it to the HDD, by using a pencil to stop the CPU fan.
    >
    > I tried the paperclip trick. Only made some smoke. (j/k)
    >
    > I have already copied My Documents, and any other critcal files to CD.
    >
    > I'll keep it running for a while to see what other sounds it makes, in the
    > troes of death.
    >
    > A shame tho, this Western Digital is less than a year old. problem is, I

    bought
    > it unboxed, thinking it was a good deal.
    >
    > Thankfully I bought that Gateway laptop.
    >
    > Now the clicking is almost quiet. It's just a matter of time.
    >
    > Sounds normally quiet now. HDD is in a rack-mount, that has a fan, but

    the
    > clicking is too slow to be a tiny fan. It sounds more like the arm is

    striking
    > a stop.
    >
    > When it does die, I will dissect the HDD, to inspect it.
    >
    > :)
    >
    >
    > - -- - -- - --
    > -- - -- - - -- - - - -- - - -- --
    > - -- - - - -- - -- - -- -- -- -- - -- -
    > --
    > Necessity is the Mother of invention.
    >
    > I'd tell you a secret, but it wouldn't be a secret anymore.
    >
    >
     
    Frederick, Oct 27, 2003
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  5. Thor

    Thor Guest

    only on the enterprise line and and SE drives. The rest have 1 year
    warranties.



    ...
    "Frederick" <> wrote in message
    news:n03nb.27107$mZ5.130288@attbi_s54...
    > If I remeber correctly that western digital has a three year warrenty, I
    > think...
    >
    > " caveat lector - reader beware" <> wrote in
    > message news:...
    > > Sometimes it is quiet as normal, or it could growl or the clicking

    sound.
    > >
    > > I isolated it to the HDD, by using a pencil to stop the CPU fan.
    > >
    > > I tried the paperclip trick. Only made some smoke. (j/k)
    > >
    > > I have already copied My Documents, and any other critcal files to CD.
    > >
    > > I'll keep it running for a while to see what other sounds it makes, in

    the
    > > troes of death.
    > >
    > > A shame tho, this Western Digital is less than a year old. problem is, I

    > bought
    > > it unboxed, thinking it was a good deal.
    > >
    > > Thankfully I bought that Gateway laptop.
    > >
    > > Now the clicking is almost quiet. It's just a matter of time.
    > >
    > > Sounds normally quiet now. HDD is in a rack-mount, that has a fan, but

    > the
    > > clicking is too slow to be a tiny fan. It sounds more like the arm is

    > striking
    > > a stop.
    > >
    > > When it does die, I will dissect the HDD, to inspect it.
    > >
    > > :)
    > >
    > >
    > > - -- - -- - --
    > > -- - -- - - -- - - - -- - - -- --
    > > - -- - - - -- - -- - -- -- -- -- - -- -
    > > --
    > > Necessity is the Mother of invention.
    > >
    > > I'd tell you a secret, but it wouldn't be a secret anymore.
    > >
    > >

    >
    >
     
    Thor, Oct 27, 2003
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  6. Plato

    Plato Guest

    Frederick wrote:
    >
    > If I remeber correctly that western digital has a three year warrenty, I
    > think...


    Just went to one year.


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    Plato, Oct 28, 2003
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  7. Dean-MN

    Dean-MN Guest

    Plato <|@|.|> wrote in a message:
    > Frederick wrote:
    >>
    >> If I remeber correctly that western digital has a three year
    >> warrenty, I think...

    >
    > Just went to one year.


    I picked up a 120GB JB (Special Edition) yesterday with the expectation of a
    1-year warranty but noticed a notation on the package of 3-year warranty.
    WD Web site also advertises a 3-year warranty http://tinyurl.com/tapa. The
    serial number checks out as warranty exp. date of 10/23/2006. What a
    pleasant surprise.
    Dean
     
    Dean-MN, Nov 2, 2003
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