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Harddrive Whirring Sound


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#1 Gordon-M

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 05:20 PM

Hi, folks.

My harddrive makes a whirring sound that speeds up and slows down, increasing in volume accordingly. On a fresh boot-up, it doesn't happen, but if I watch a video on You Tube for example, the sound will begin and may go away after I close the You Tube tab, but sometimes it lasts for ages. Today, it hasn't stopped in over an hour. Everything is working fine on my PC, though, but it is really annoying and I'm a worried about the long term.

Any thought or solutions?

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 05:39 PM

Hey Gordon-M -

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What you are describing may be the normal operating sound of your drive.

Are you having any other problems?

Do you know what the make/model is of that drive?

Most importantly, are you making backups?

Edit to add:

Did it always make this sound, or is it something recent?

Edited by JohnWho, 17 July 2007 - 05:40 PM.


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Posted 17 July 2007 - 05:45 PM

Do you have the case opened up to get a good look/listen? Do you have a variable speed CPU fan that might be the cause for the noise?
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#4 Gordon-M

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 06:08 PM

Hi, John.

This is a fairly recent thing. Months ago, the sound would occur for a few seconds and then go away, so I didn't give it heed. But right now, as I type this, it is constant, yet of variable tempo/volume. My machine is a Fujitsu-Siemens Scaleo-T with Windows XP, service pack 2.


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Do you have the case opened up to get a good look/listen? Do you have a variable speed CPU fan that might be the cause for the noise?
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Open up the case?! I'm not too sure about doing that. Is that a straightforward action?

How do I know if the fan is variable speed? Putting my ear to the fan-grill, it does sound like the fan may be the source of the sound. Why would the fan have variable speeds? Is there any way of keeping it at the same speed?


Thanks, garmanma.

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 06:53 PM

I downloaded this SpeedFan 4.32 software: www.almico.com/sfdownload.php

It allows you to alter the speed of the fan(s). I managed to switch off the fan. No noise any more. But this is dangerous, so I only had it off for 3 seconds. In any case, in turning it off, it just comes back on again. Interesting bit of software, though. Fan 1 sits at around 2500 RPM. Fans 2 and 3 are at zero - I guess I only have one fan. Three temperatures are given: Temp 1 sits at around 48 degress celsius; Temp 2 at around 46; Temp 3 between 15-22 and something called HD0 at 40-48. Little flame symbols appear if it goes over 48 degrees. From what I have gathered elsewhere, temperatures of harddrives should really be in the low 40s. Why are things so hot? All I am doing, is surfing the Net.

How do I turn the fan off permanently? I'll monitor the temperatures and see if it needs to be on all the time.

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 07:44 PM

If it is a variable speed fan then it is probably the fan on the CPU heat sink, you don't want to disable it as it could result in your computer shutting down in self preservation. If this has increased recently it could be a sign that you need to do a little house cleaning inside the case, an accumulation of dust can reduce the air circulation causing the computer to heat up. A can of air will usually blow most of the dust out, if you blow at a fan first place a pencil through it to keep it from spinning.

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