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Windows 7: Hard Drive keeps blinking and I hear noise


24 Jul 2011   #11

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

betelgeuse,

If your hard disk is making so much noise that you find the noise disruptive, then your disk is not long for this world.

Make a backup of everything dear to your heart, then make a system image backup.

There is not question about your disk failing, the only question is when.

How To Turn Off Indexing Of Your Local Drive In Windows 7 / Vista /XP

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24 Jul 2011   #12
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Well turning indexing off would prove or disprove if maybe your drive is failing.
Start/Admin Tools/Services. Scroll to windows Search, double click then set Startup to Disabled. Reboot and see if you still have clicks.

EDIT: Oops, or use Karls way.
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24 Jul 2011   #13

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

I'm also considering the possibility that the OP has a low cost PC case and the drives are mechanically attached to the cage with no rubber grommets or other sound deadening features.
Combine that with a low tolerance for noise and put the case on your desktop right next to your head and the normal sounds of a hard drive would drive anyone crazy!

betelgeuse4721: If any of the above sounds familiar then you should:
  • Look at "Silent" PC cases
  • Put the case on the floor, under the desk, away from your head
  • Turn up the music
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24 Jul 2011   #14

Windows 7
 
 

These may all be true. I just backed up all my data and will continue to do so consistently.

I have a feeling it's just poor sound encapsulation, because:

a. the machine runs flawlessly
b. every diagnostic/test I've done on the drive has come back with no problems

Here is the exact HDD I bought for my laptop from XoticPC -
~ 500GB (w/ 4GB SSD Memory) Seagate XT 7200RPM NCQ Hybrid (Serial-ATA II 300 - 32MB Cache) in Optical Bay ( + 150 )
Maybe this model just has noise issues.

Thanks for all the help guys, I really appreciate it!!
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24 Jul 2011   #15
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Your HDD is mounted in an optical bay?
Did you try disabling indexing?
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24 Jul 2011   #16

Windows 7
 
 

Yes it is and yes I tried that, still the same clicking/scratching -

I contacted XoticPC and am going to get my hard drive replaced with another model .

Don't want to risk it, might as well be safe.
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24 Jul 2011   #17
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Ahhm that may magnify any noise the HDD makes. The optical bay is cavernous compared to a normal drive bay. Can you mount it elsewhere, eg, a drive bay?
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24 Jul 2011   #18

Windows 7
 
 

Oh snap -

I copy and pasted the wrong spec from the site, its NOT in the optical bay - it's just:

500GB (w/ 4GB SSD Memory) Seagate XT 7200RPM NCQ Hybrid (Serial-ATA II 300 - 32MB Cache) ( + 65 )

Now im a little concerned(again).
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24 Jul 2011   #19
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Sager NP1830 is a laptop? If so I don't think moving it would help muffle noise. I was assuming this was a tower type case.
Sorry I missed that in your first post

So I would say have them replace the drive for you, but make an image of your system first. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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24 Jul 2011   #20

Windows 7
 
 

It's all good.

But ya, that is probably the best plan of attack. Will do.

Thanks again for your help, Ill keep you posted of my progress.
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