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Windows 7: Swirl and Clicking sounds

30 Mar 2011   #11
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unifex View Post
There are two things with moving parts - hard drives and fans. Nothing else creates such noise.
Don't forget: CD/DVD drive.

It would be great to get a better description of "whirring noise".
If I knew how to define sounds with words I would suggest it .

I got the impression from the first post of the OP that the sounds appear without a CD or DVD in, based on his statement that he gets these sounds "even while watching the DVD". Naturally, if there is some disk in the DVD drive all the time, then it would produce all kinds of sounds and may also lead to short-term freezing (it always amazes me how programs such as Nero freeze when a disk is inserted into a DVD drive). Although clicking sounds are usually unique to failing hard drives. To be more precise, failing hard drives often produce very distinct clicking sounds. Whether these are the sounds that the OP is hearing, I can not tell.


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30 Mar 2011   #12
cyberbuzz

Microsoft Window 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks all for your help :) I wish I could upload the sound it make cause this would really help! Does anyone know how I can upload a mp3 file to this forum?

Thanks again
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30 Mar 2011   #13
fafhrd

Win 7 Ult + Starter, XP Pro +Home, 2kAS, Linux Mint 8, SuperOS
 
 

You could zip the file and attach it, just like any other attachment, just use the advanced reply options
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30 Mar 2011   #14
cyberbuzz

Microsoft Window 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Good thinking fafhrd here it is. These sounds happen also when the computer is sitting idle. Like I said when I took it in for this problem I told them the sounds that my pc makes and they tell me it was fixed, but I know that they were not doing there job.


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30 Mar 2011   #15
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

The "whirring" is a disc drive accelerating up to operating speed, and the "clicking" is disc head movements. ( The stepper motor moves the heads from park positions to the desired tracks). This is more pronounced on some drives than on others. Some Seagate drives were very loud indeed.

If you change your power plan the disc wont go to sleep and you wont hear the sounds anymore.

Otherwise, take the cocktail stick out of your glass before you swirl it! :)

Regards....Mike Connor
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30 Mar 2011   #16
cyberbuzz

Microsoft Window 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks Mike I will try this out and reply back.

Thanks again
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30 Mar 2011   #17
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cyberbuzz View Post
Thanks Mike I will try this out and reply back.

Thanks again
My pleasure.

This is perfectly normal by the way, and no cause for concern. Although as I wrote, some drives are much louder than others. A lot depends on drive construction.

Regards....Mike Connor
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30 Mar 2011   #18
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Has a lot to do with your computer case too. "Quiet" cases have hard drive mounts with rubber bushings or plastic spacers that deaden the vibrations from the drives and reduce the sound they make.

Some cases amplify the sounds like an echo chamber!
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31 Mar 2011   #19
cyberbuzz

Microsoft Window 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Well Mike it sound like that fixed the problem "Cross Fingers" Hasn't made that noise yet since I set never put hard drive to sleep.
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31 Mar 2011   #20
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cyberbuzz View Post
Well Mike it sound like that fixed the problem "Cross Fingers" Hasn't made that noise yet since I set never put hard drive to sleep.
Of course that means that you use a little more power to keep the disc running, and there theoretically is more disc spindle/bearing wear, but this can usually be ignored. Doesn't seem to make a lot of difference to the MTBF ( Mean Time Between Failures) of newer discs. Indeed, I think the powering down itself causes more problems than leaving them running.

Also, if you start to get a lot of clicking noises, defragment the disc. The clicking noise is a result of head movement, and on a fragmented disc you tend to get excessive head movement as the heads have to move all over the place to find sectors.

Regards....Mike Connor
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