Hard drive likes to hum now, never did before.  Failing?

By foycur
May 22, 2005
  1. I have two WD hard drives in my system and I think one of them has started to make a new noise. Sort of like a rattle now and then. No real clicking, almost sounds like resonance. Hard drive about to fail? Any way I can check the 'health' of the hard drive?

    What backup programs out there are good to make an exact backup of the hard drive that I can save to a few blank DVDs? I've heard of Norton Ghost but not much else.....appreciate any feedback.
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Yes it does sound like your hdd is on the blink.

    Go HERE and read the this thread.

    Regards Howard :grinthumb
  3. patio

    patio TS Guru Posts: 482

    You could also check the 4 mounting screws to make sure they are secure just in case...I believe Data Lifeguard Tools which you can DLoad from WD's site also includes a drive fitness test.
    As to back-ups i have recently switched from Ghost to Acronis True Image...well worth the price for the peace of mind that goes with solid backups.

    patio. :rolleyes:
  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    Well, your hard drives will fail, you just have to figure out when. :(

    Strange noises can be bad for sure, but isn't a definite sign of failure. You can run a drive diagnostic to check for current problems, but it isn't really definitive. https://www.techspot.com/vb/topic7602.html

    The best thing to do is back up your data and if something does happen, you won't lose it. :)
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