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Hard drive running a little to loud

By Zackatron
Mar 10, 2011
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  1. So recently my hard drive has been making some odd sounds, but only when something is loading. Other than that it runs rather smoothly. However, not as smoothly as before.

    any ideas? Hopefully my hard drive isn't failing.
     
  2. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    Tools like CrystalDiskInfo will provide a quick check of your drive.
    Alternatively, HWInfo is also useful; actually offers more information,
    but is a little harder to read / navigate to get to the drive information.

    Otherwise, I would run a full drive diagnostic,
    using the the software provided by the mfg of the drive..
     
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,709   +397

    I had a Seagate HD do the click of death a few times on me a few weeks ago. I couldn't get it to fail any of SeaTool's tests except the long generic once... So I contacted Seagate and told them all the troubleshooting I had done (external enclosure, external dock, internal) and that it clicked at one time or another in all 3 scenarios but I couldn't get it to fail a diagnostic test. They agreed to RMA it based on it clicking.

    So, if your drive is under warranty, do a live chat or email them (depending on the manufacturer) and see if they'll RMA it for you. In any case, I'd be backing up the really important data on it now if you've got any place to store it.
     
  4. Zackatron

    Zackatron TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah I figured as much :/ To bad I dont have a warranty on it. That was a mistake on my part. However, I will try this Crystaldisk just to be sure you know?

    Thanks for the help and support.

    Ill tell you what the program tells me:D
     
  5. Zackatron

    Zackatron TS Rookie Topic Starter

    doesn't look in my favor at all.





    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CrystalDiskInfo 3.10.0 (C) 2008-2010 hiyohiyo

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

    OS : Windows XP Home Edition SP3 [5.1 Build 2600] (x86)
    Date : 2011/03/15 7:09:58

    -- Controller Map ----------------------------------------------------------
    + Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller [ATA]
    - Primary IDE Channel (0)
    - Secondary IDE Channel (1)
    + VIA Bus Master IDE Controller [ATA]
    + Primary IDE Channel (0)
    - ST3100011A
    + Secondary IDE Channel (1)
    - HP DVD Writer 300n

    -- Disk List ---------------------------------------------------------------
    (1) ST3100011A : 100.0 GB [0-3-0, pd1]

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    (1) ST3100011A
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Model : ST3100011A
    Firmware : 3.02
    Serial Number : 4LH013TW
    Disk Size : 100.0 GB (8.4/100.0/100.0)
    Buffer Size : 2048 KB
    Queue Depth : 1
    # of Sectors : 195371568
    Rotation Rate : Unknown
    Interface : Parallel ATA
    Major Version : ATA/ATAPI-6
    Minor Version : ATA/ATAPI-6 T13 1410D version 2
    Transfer Mode : Ultra DMA/100
    Power On Hours : 31168 hours
    Power On Count : 520 count
    Temparature : 27 C (80 F)
    Health Status : Caution
    Features : S.M.A.R.T., 48bit LBA
    APM Level : ----
    AAM Level : ----

    -- S.M.A.R.T. --------------------------------------------------------------
    ID Cur Wor Thr RawValues(6) Attribute Name
    01 _59 _53 __6 00000AE83D2B Read Error Rate
    03 _98 _98 __0 000000000000 Spin-Up Time
    04 100 100 _20 000000000355 Start/Stop Count
    05 100 100 _36 000000000005 Reallocated Sectors Count
    07 _87 _60 _30 00002444FAB1 Seek Error Rate
    09 _65 _65 __0 0000000079C0 Power-On Hours
    0A 100 100 _97 000000000000 Spin Retry Count
    0C 100 100 _20 000000000208 Power Cycle Count
    C2 _27 _53 __0 00000000001B Temperature
    C3 _59 _52 __0 00000AE83D2B Hardware ECC recovered
    C5 100 100 __0 000000000000 Current Pending Sector Count
    C6 100 100 __0 000000000000 Uncorrectable Sector Count
    C7 200 200 __0 000000000000 UltraDMA CRC Error Count
    C8 100 253 __0 000000000000 Write Error Rate
    CA 100 253 __0 000000000000 Data Address Mark Error

    -- IDENTIFY_DEVICE ---------------------------------------------------------
    +0 +1 +2 +3 +4 +5 +6 +7 +8 +9 +A +B +C +D +E +F
    000: 0C 5A 3F FF C8 37 00 10 00 00 00 00 00 3F 00 00
    010: 00 00 00 00 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
    020: 34 4C 48 30 31 33 54 57 00 00 10 00 00 04 33 2E
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    0B0: 20 3F 00 00 00 00 FE FE FF FE 60 4D 80 00 00 00
    0C0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 22 30 0B A5 00 00 00 00
    0D0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
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    0F0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
    100: 00 09 22 30 0B A5 22 30 0B A5 20 20 00 02 42 B6
    110: 00 00 00 8A 3C 06 3C 0A 00 00 07 C6 01 00 08 00
    120: 09 D0 04 00 00 02 00 30 00 00 00 00 00 00 FE 06
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    140: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
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    180: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
    190: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
    1A0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
    1B0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
    1C0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
    1D0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
    1E0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
    1F0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 EF A5
     
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,709   +397

    Appears to be a Seagate drive.. You could run SeaTools on it, their "Long Generic" can "fix" certain problems, which I think is only re-allocating sectors if they are bad. The good news is the drive is still allowing you to access at least parts of it. With some luck you may be able to backup everything on it.
     
  7. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    Even if Seatool successfully repairs, I would consider replacing.
    A tool I like for migrating drive contents is Apricorn's Drivewire device.
    This is not an expensive piece of hardware and...
    for my use, I found it made transitioning to a new drive minimally painful.
    (Unnecessary to do a clean install of everything.)
    Though some will suggest there are advantages to the full clean install too.
    YMMV.
     

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