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 Post subject: Sounds You Don't Want To Hear: Failing Hard Drives
PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:40 am 
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Failing hard disk drives will often (but not always) make distinctive noises. Here's an excellent compilation of the sounds they make. The sounds are grouped by manufacturer, with the sounds that you really don't want to hear listed for each vendor - Western Digital, Seagate, Samsung, Hitachi/IBM, Maxtor, Fujitsu, Toshiba, and Quantum. Just click on play icon link to hear the sound for that manufacturer. You can listen to stuck spindles, bad heads, bad bearings, failing heads, and seized spindles. Many of the sounds appear to be somewhat amplified so they can be easily heard. If you hear noises coming from your hard disk drive, back up everything you can as quickly as you can, provided the disk still has some life left in it. The hard disks I've had over the years that failed usually failed without a sound or became so slow as to be almost unusable. Although one recent WD Black 640 in RAID0 did make a faint clicking when the disk drive spun up. Fortunately I found it before it took down the array.

Now for the truly twisted geek, I imagine their is a mp3/ipod playlist, ringtone, or start-up audio prank on a coworker just awaiting.


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 Post subject: Re: Sounds You Don't Want To Hear: Failing Hard Drives
PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:45 pm 
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I have a WD Protege 80GB IDE drive that I took out of an emachines a few years ago because it started making a noise that went like "...zzzzziiiinnngggggg..." almost as if the heads were rubbing on the platters. Imagine if your CPU cooler fan blades just made contact with the cooler fins and you'll get the idea. And no, there was nothing wrong with my CPU fan or heatsink.


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 Post subject: Re: Sounds You Don't Want To Hear: Failing Hard Drives
PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:59 pm 
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It is a little dated but I wrote/compiled (attributed) this a while back on HDD testing, recovery and deletion.


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