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Windows 7: Noisy hard drive on start-up only

17 Oct 2010   #1

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Noisy hard drive on start-up only

I have a 1-year-old HP with 500G Hitachi hard drive. Almost since new, the hard drive has been making a rattling or chattering noise during start-up. Once Win7 is running, all is OK. All the SMART tests say it is all good, but my friend tells me I have bad bearings in my hard drive. HP said to run the restore disc, but I don't want to go to all the trouble of re-loading all my programs and files. I could make an image file and restore the hard drive that way, but if it really is a software problem, I suspect it would also restore the noise. If it is a hardware problem, I still have 1 month left on the factory warranty. Any ideas?

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17 Oct 2010   #2

W7 Professional x64

Noise coming from your drive upon startup is NOT a software issue. It is a hardware issue.

Could the noise be described as a ticking?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Oct 2010   #3

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer

Any abnormal hard drive noise is bad. One term is the click of death. If you have any doubts, I would certainly RMA the drive before the warranty runs out.

Tell them the drive is bad, get them to agree to replace it, back up your data, then wipe your drive to protect your confidential information:

Disk Wipe - Free software
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Oct 2010   #4
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit

My HP with a Samsung HD makes noise on start up and has been for over 5 years.
It ran 12-15 hours a day like that. It still works I use it for my backup PC.

Hasn't got better and hasn't got worse.

Even my new WD's make noise on occasion on start up.

Since it has been doing it for a year now the question should be has the noise become louder or more often than before.

If you are really concerned the drive may be failing.
Hard drive tests for Hitachi.
Try the drive fitness test and let us know results.

There are instrucions.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Oct 2010   #5

Windows 8 Professional x64

Usually all the drives make slight noise on start up..If it is more claim the warranty and get the disk repaired or replaced.....
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Oct 2010   #6

Windows 7 64 bit SP1. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot.

you positive it is coming from the hard drive and not some fan spinning up somewhere?
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