Hard Drive making odd sound

By AMDIsTheBest010 ยท 19 replies
Jul 8, 2006
  1. hey everybody:

    My emachine T3104 has been making an odd sound from the HD for a while now. but if i sort of "tip" it from one side it stops, or if i kind of smack where its coming from it stops as well.

    any advice?

  2. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    Back up all important files,run checkdisk.

    If it is about to die you`ll be ready,if it isn`t,at least you`ve made that back up
    you`ve been meaning to do,but never quite got `round to.:)
  3. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    If the HDD has the SMART feature, it wouldnt hurt to check that out as well.

    But I would take Peddant's advice, back up ASAP. Clicking is never a good sign.

    To be honest I did have a drive last for about 5 months after the clicking started.
  4. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 398

    its not clicking though, its just making lik a high pitched sound, but like i said, if it turn it to the side, it stops??

    im confused
  5. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    any odd noises from a hard drive means impending problems. your dirve may last for another week, month, or year or may fail in a few moments from now. back up your data and plan on getting another drive.
  6. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 398

    I ran check disk from windows "my computer" and enabled "scan for an attempt recovery of bad sectors" and it says everything is good
  7. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    Is the Drive SMART enabled? (aka how old is it)

    If so, you can use speed fan utility to check the status of that.
  8. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    And you think that means your hard drive is ok? are you under the impression that bad sectors cause funny sounds on hard drives? odd sounds have a mechanical source and have nothing to do with bad sectors on your platters. so scandisk willl tell you everything is just fine right up to the day that your reading head crashes into your platters or your motor dies.
  9. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    could be from the servo
    I have few scsi's that been doing that for yrs now
    never heard of tipping that would stop the noise
    maybe the screws are loose
    you sure it's not a fan in the case that would be more likely
    and don't be smacking the case unless you realy just want a new machine
  10. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 398

    i dont smack the sides, i just like tap it and it'll stop.

    i contacted eMachines tech supp. via livechat and the tech rep told me to inspect the inside of the case, and said if it still did it, they would replace it free of charge
  11. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    go check what the hdd manufacturer is on the sticker, and then download one of their utillities to scan the hdd...

    most likely its one of the three major guys:
    www.seagate.com >>Seagate Disk Diagnostic
    www.maxtor.com >> Powermax something
    www.westerndigital.com >> Data Lifeguard (i think)
  12. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 398

    in the properties sections, all it says under hardware is "ST" and then some random numbers that follow, so i9 think it may be a seagate is this correct?

  13. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    Back up NOW for two reasons:

    1. It's an Emachine (Nortorious for poor quality and cheap construction.)

    2. Hard drives making excessive noises are not a good sign and often a sign of failure or failing. Do a S.M.A.R.T. diagnostic.
  14. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 398

    whats a S.M.A.R.T dianostic?
  15. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

  16. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 398

    Thanks for all the help, but i feel like a real *****.

    I opened the case like the tech rep told me too, and i realized the sound is coming from the fan which is attatched to the vent on the side of the case.

    Sorry for wasting everyones time

  17. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    No problem.We`ve just advised you about next months problem,that`s all.:)
  18. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 398

    Ok, I'll be back next month and report my next problem

    lol, just messing; thanks for the help everyone

  19. IBN

    IBN TS Guru Posts: 487

    I sometimes have to spank my system when my cheap fans rattle. Get good fans.
  20. lukeyu

    lukeyu TS Rookie

    S.M.A.R.T. Drive Monitoring

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    Complete Hard Drive Diagnostics

    The S.M.A.R.T. monitoring system contains a suite of advanced diagnostics which monitor various components and operations in order to provide an early warning system of sorts. When a potential problem is detected, the hard disk drive can generally be backed up and replaced before data and files are lost or file systems damaged. The system monitors the drive for non-regular occurrences and then documents the "problem" and analyzes it. When S.M.A.R.T. spots what it sees as a disk problem, it can notify either the user (usually accomplished during boot-up at the bios level) or in larger networks, the System Administrator. The system monitors such important hard disk issues as faulty data sectors, CRC errors, drive spin time, drive head position and movement, drive spin time and speed, disk performance and temperature and other specific internal drive characteristics. The errors the S.M.A.R.T. system can detect can be predicted through a number of ways. As of this note, the systems can detect almost 70% of all hard disk drive errors, with manufacturers constantly looking to improve the system's accuracy.

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    As an example of S.M.A.R.T. in action, consider a drive which has wide variances of drive temperature and disk spin up time. During regular use, the system will note the amount of time or retries it takes the drive to move from stasis speed to full speed. This information is noted, and is a prime symptom of drive motor failure or even bearing difficulties.

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