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Windows 7: WD Caviar Black noisy?

08 Oct 2009   #11
poin2

Windows7
 
 

The Caviar Blacks aren't known for their utter silence and reviews have commented on that.

If you're downloading or something and you're hearing it writing perhaps once every second, that's normal. For that matter it could be doing the search indexing that's normal after fresh installs (assuming you didn't disable it).

Sort of depends on if you're truly hearing "clicking" or just the normal writing / activity sound.

Don't know that an immediate RMA is necessary. You might give it another day or two and see if it's indeed something like search indexing that just needs to die down.


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08 Oct 2009   #12
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

WD's are noisy, although the latest models show some improvement.

But no matter how much noise it makes, clicks are a bad sign.
They are not normal operating sounds.

Like I stated, it might run for months with the clicks getting more frequent,
although it's more likely to end very soon.

Good luck
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09 Oct 2009   #13
Christopher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit / Ubuntu 10.04
 
 

I suppose that it is closer to a grind noise, rather than a definitive "click."

Like normal, or at least I think normal, HD grind noise ... I am just surprised because I didn't here it before. Perhaps it is my indexing, I do recall having it disabled before, but I haven't on this system ... could that be the cause???
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09 Oct 2009   #14
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Christopher View Post
I suppose that it is closer to a grind noise, rather than a definitive "click."

Like normal, or at least I think normal, HD grind noise ... I am just surprised because I didn't here it before. Perhaps it is my indexing, I do recall having it disabled before, but I haven't on this system ... could that be the cause???
Nope.

It is like it is. Clicks don't belong to normal operation sounds.

Grinding, rattling, purring like a kitten, even a high pitch tone are all common sounds.
(although not all disks make all these mentioned sounds)

The sounds that tell you the disk is in trouble are:

clicks: head-arm controller malfunctions briefly.
By it's self not a problem, but it briefly loses control of the arm and smashes it into the left side of the disk, which eventually will lead to damage to the arm.
A twist or bend of a few microns is enough to cause a head crash.

A pattern of repetitive little burst of purring noise:
Normally the purring is random and continues during drive operation.
When you detect a pattern, that's bad news.
It means there are a cluster of bad sectors, and they are in a place the drive wants to access.
The drive is trying to read it over and over again.
If you are lucky they will be marked as bad, and not accessed again.
But you should realize that if the sectors are physically damaged there might be surface particles flying around, that when they come in contact with the head will ultimately lead to disaster.


Awful squeak, like nails on a blackboard:
This tells you particles indeed have come in contact with the head and it is scratching your disk.
More and more particles are scraped off the surface.
When this happens it's often to late to rescue all the data.
Don't shutdown the PC!! , and try to save what you can to another disk.

The reason you shouldn't boot when this happens, is that the damage might be at some sectors that contain files necessary to boot the OS.

I will try to create the different sounds and make a tutorial about this.

Good luck.
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09 Oct 2009   #15
Christopher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit / Ubuntu 10.04
 
 

Thanks very much!

+1
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10 Apr 2010   #16
Icarus

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

I've been having my 1TB WD Cavair Black making some horrible noises too.
It sounds like a seek gone bad. Med-Higher pitch squelching especially when booting the OS. It lasts 5-10 seconds at times, usually about 3-7 sec. Sometimes with lower pitched light clicks at the end of the 'squelch.' I can easily hear these noises sitting 5ft from the computer, especially the squelching noise. Out of the 10 or so HDDs I've used in the past 5-6 years, I've never heard one this loud (seeks) nor have one make these kind of noises (though, I've heard some awful noises when I dropped my laptop once and had to replace the HDD in it )
I've contacted WD about it and their 1.17 diag doesn't work on Win7 64bit (code 11 about the sata cable.) I put the drive in an xp computer and it passed all tests fine. I didn't have it in the other computer real long, but it did seem quieter in it. I put it back in and it was fine for a few days or so, but now it's back making the noises.
WD have said to RMA the drive to exclude it as a possibilty. I'm in the process of that and just waiting for the new one in hopes it works...

I have a feeling its either the Win 7 64bit OS thats causing this or the motherboard interface perhaps (P55 here,) causing this, not the drive itself though?
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