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HDD constantly grinding

Discussion in 'Hardware, Software & Troubleshooting' started by Fuzzle, Apr 3, 2006.

  1. Fuzzle

    Fuzzle spam noob

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    It sounds like I'm constantly copying my porn archive or something, the HDD is just making an almost non-stop grinding noise. I say almost because it occasionally does stop for a few seconds, but a few seconds only. I leave my puter on overnight, and after 8 hours of idle time doing nothing, I still wake up to a "churrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr... durrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr"

    My system runs fine. The sound is the only thing I notice. Task manager says nothing is using cpu (1% overall cpu use right now), my pagefile is normal at 150mb while running winXp and your regular assortment of programs like firefox, winamp, irc, a download, etc. Games run fine as well with no indication of the harddrive actually doing any work.

    I've run a virus check, adaware, and spybot which all came up blank.

    What gives? Is there a way to check what my hdd is actually doing?
     
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  2. BarneyGumball

    BarneyGumball Just Another User

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    how old is it?
     
  3. Deathmaker

    Deathmaker Balanced

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    Grinding, clunking or clicking noises from a HDD usually indicate imminent failure. Download a diagnostic tool from the makers of your drive, it should tell you if it looks to be terminal. Time to back up anything important, and, maybe grab an RMA number if it's still under warranty.
     
  4. Syri

    Syri Who are you calling short?

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    if you download everest, don't have the link to hand but i can find it if you can't on google, that has a nice tool to query the smart status of the drive. That is, assuming your pc and drive support smart. Could help find out if a failure is coming.
    Oh, and it never hurts to make backups just in case ;)
     
  5. Crowze

    Crowze Bird Brain

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    Check out Filemon - I haven't used it myself but have been reccommended it to check what programs are using the hard disk. If there's no unusual activity from the programs, it's most likely a physical fault :s.
     
  6. dub

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    What he said.
    Both HD's I've had die on me, started making noises just before they packed it in.
     
  7. FireSlash

    FireSlash Whats a FireSlash?

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    Hitachi DFT.

    Best diagnosis program I've seen.
     
  8. Fuzzle

    Fuzzle spam noob

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    I've run some of those diagnostics and they came up all green. HDD is still chugging away. *shrugs*

    I took backups of whatever I'd need, so if it takes the poop now it's not a big deal.
     
  9. Rukee

    Rukee Coffee overclocks the overclocker!!

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    not if, when. ;)
     
  10. SkaarjMaster

    SkaarjMaster enemy of time

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    I would just replace or RMA it now just to be safe and not have to keep making backups until it dies.
     

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