Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol
... this drive was only installed on about the 1st of May so basically it is brand new. As I said I have packed the sides with some bits of rubber that has stopped some of the noise but perhaps I'm just being a bit overly fussy e that clicking as it reads eh? But I might just run that test for curiosity anyway as long as it will just download a tetsre without having to go through al that model numbers, serial numbers yada yada as I had to with Gigabyte just recently for a BIOS query.
You're not being overly fussy. If you're hearing it write, then you have a bad drive.
My guess is that there was a bad batch of 103SJ's because the firmware only works on them. I also installed a 103SJ about a month ago, and knowing about this patch beforehand, I had it at the ready; however, it would not work on mine. I have another 103 upstairs that's about a year old, and the firmware would not take there either. Since I haven't seen any of the reported problems on either drive, either I got lucky or you were unlucky.
If it were me, I'd RMA the drive. The F1's made a big whoosh sound when they spun up, the F3's, less so. The F4's are really noticable... but again, that's only when they spin up. Once they're up, you should not be hearing them write.