Noisy Hard Drive

Question

Our hard drive makes noise. You can hear the drive spinning (loudy). It does not seem to effct the performance, but is annoying. We have had two "techs" look at it and they cannot suggest a solution, can you.

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This question was answered on October 26, 2002. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Has your hard drive always been this loud? If not you may consider it could be the case Make sure all the screws are tight and the drive is not sitting on the bottom of the bay Also try to keep any internal drive totally suspended by the screws to hold it in the bay You may have a few screws missing from the outer side of the drive connecting it to the drive bay Not all techs replace every screw, although one or two will hold the drive in place it will not be balanced You might try placing the drive in another slot of the bay if you have one open Find the maker of your hard drive and see if there is a downloadable program on thier web site that will allign the platters inside your hard drive so they spin evenly

You might try disconnecting the drive and then turn on your computer If there is no hum, then its your drive Also be sure there are no cables resting against any fans, and that all fans and drives are securely mounted If none of these solutions fix the problem, you may need to replace the drive All mechanical parts do wear out eventually The slower drives 5400 RPM's are more quiet than the 7200 RPM drives now being manufactured Make sure all the cables are secure Hope these tips help! Good Luck!

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Posted by Michelle of Mesa Community College on October 26, 2002