I hear a loud buzzing sound or rattling sound coming from the drive?

Question

This is my second Compaq Presario that I have boughten in the last 2 years. My first compaq was great but after about a year it made a very loud buzzing noise, so annoying I bought another. I've had my new one for about 4 months now, and it was quiet as a mouse but now I here that annoying buzzing sound getting louder. Is there a way I can fix this? Thanks for the help. Much appreciated

Answer

This question was answered on March 3, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

The most common cause of this problem is that the bearings in the drive are causing trouble This is a relatively common problem Noisy bearings don't affect the performance of the drive but problems of this sort have a tendency to get worse over time On a newer drive this is often the sign of a manufacturing defect.

Make sure that the hard disk is mounted properly into the case, as a loose drive can accentuate vibration and noise

Monitor the noise, if possible, over a period of several weeks See if the noise is getting louder or not

If your computer is under warranty contact Compaq Technical Suport and ask if they can replace your hard drive.

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Posted by Felix of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 3, 2003