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Old 01-05-2004, 01:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Over the past few weeks, there has been a weird sound coming from the computer. I opened up the case and listened to the sound.. The sound is a weird motor/fan noise that seems to get louder on certain random times. I tried listening to the sound, but I am unable to hear exactly where the sound is coming from, but I believe it is coming if not from the hard drive, near the hard drive (maybe fans/cables around it). I downloaded HDD Health and ran some tests. The log is here:

Parameters info for WDC WD800BB-00CAA0
Date: 1/4/2004 Time: 4:56:42 PM

Serial number: WD-WMA8E1612638
Firmware rev: 16.06V16
Capacity: 78.15 GB
Ultra DMA: Mode 5
S.M.A.R.T.: Enabled


S.M.A.R.T. attribute Value Threshold Worst

Raw Read Error Rate 200 51 200
Spin Up Time 104 21 98
Start/Stop Count 100 40 100
Reallocated Sector Count 200 140 200
Seek Error Rate 200 51 200
Power On Hours Count 94 0 94
Spin Retry Count 100 51 100
Calibration Retry Count 100 51 100
Power Cycle Count 100 0 100
Reallocation Event Count 200 0 200
Current Pending Sector Coun 200 0 200
Off-line Scan Uncorrectable 200 0 200
Ultra ATA CRC Error Count 200 0 253
Write Error Rate 200 51 200

What is noted is that the Spin Up Time is a little off the normal which is highlighted in blue according to the program. It also gave me a nearest T.E.C. around the year 2009. The Powers On Count seems to be in red (warning mode) and possible this can account to this. What do you guys think?

UPDATE:

I opened up the computer again seemed to tap lightly and hard on the hard drive. Each tap causes the motor/spin sound to stop, but restart again, so I think it might be something inside the hard drive.... it could be spinning too fast or something.. Anyone know what?
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Old 01-05-2004, 10:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If it is close to the end of warranty go ahead and RMA it. To determine whre the sound is coming from, you can put a screwdriver on it and put your ear to the end of the driver. this will amplify the sound and let you precisly locate where it is coming from.
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if your hard drive is cliking or making strange noises like that it usually means that it is dying and may need to get a new one.
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Check to see if you have any cables too close a fan it can make a vibration/scratchy noise it is possible you jostled a cable when you touched the HDD
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and back up your data immediately just in case, yes that means now
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backing up is a thing you should do often anyway
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Try to isolate the source of sound. If its coming from the hard drive, replace it.
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I don't know what to do. I can't determine if it's a HD failure or not or something else. I will ask some professionals to take a look at my computer and probably take it to a shop or something. I tried recording the sound with a mic. This sound varies..sometimes it gets louder, sometimes it gets softer, but here's how it sounds: (2 links, just in case one doesnt work)

http://teamzdk.topcities.com/sound.wav
http://www.geocities.com/acidicrage/sound.wav
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it sounds more like a fan than a hard drive to me... Power down your system , try unplugging them - starting up, powerdown, plugging them back in, one at a time and see if it is.
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The thing is I am not good with internal hardware of the computers so whatever I try to unplug, something always doesn't work... I've unplugged everything but sound still persists (some reason the computer operates fine also without the HD or anything else connected... I believe I am doing something wrong, so I will ask someone/get a professional to look at it).
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