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Harddisk "grinds" exactly every 10 minutes!

By RealBlackStuff
Feb 4, 2006
  1. Client of mine has a Dell 2400, XP-Home,
    Hitachi Deskstar 180GxP 80GB harddisk, model IC35L090AVV207-0.

    On the dot, every 10 minutes the HD sort of makes a grinding noise, like it is doing a backup, or start a search or anything.
    I have deleted all tasks, uninstalled NAV 2003, stopped Outlook Express from automatic checking, switched off any automatic updates in every single program on this PC, as well as update for XP itself.

    Could the HD be overheating? (temp. 39 C)?
    DriveFitness Test is OK, only 7GB from 80 used. Fully checked, defragged, etc.

    Any suggestions what this might be? It's driving my client crazy!
     
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    That's a "feature" of Deskstar drives. IIRC the frequent reset and quick self-test are supposed to ensure the drive health. IMHO it's some bug in the drives that needs them to be reset every once in a while when idle.. Hitachi would never admit that of course :p
     
  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 8,165

    Thanks Nodsu,

    found some more info after your post:

    http://forums.storagereview.net/index.php?act=Print&client=printer&f=4&t=12042
    In there, Hitachi states:
    So the buggers have done it on purpose!
    Glad it's not MY PC.
     
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