Posted 19 January 2008 - 05:35 PM
I just bought a new Maxtor 750GB 7200rpm external hard drive 3 weeks ago, and it just started making a buzzing noise about an hour ago. I've shut it down and started it up a few times now. And the buzzing comes on after a minute or two. I'm only using 150 or so GB of the Maxtor drive.
The first time it started, I was running a scan by either Norton AntiVirus 2008, Spybot, AVG Antivirus free-edition, AVG Anti-Spyware free-edition, or AVG Anti-rootkit free-edition. (Yes, I'm short on cash.) I can't remember which. I also recently installed Zone Alarm's free firewall along with the AVG anti-rootkit. I doubt this matters, though.
I'm trying to copy everything over to my internal HDD, and I stop as soon as it makes the sound. I'm not making much progress. I'll quit with that, for now. I'm only using 150 or so GB of the Maxtor drive.
I already ran the packaged diagnostic software even while the buzzing sound was going, but it ran without any detections. For the past 2 weeks, I've been leaving the drive on its side while running. I also just realized that my Norton AV (Anti-Virus) was performing a scan on it each time I started it up. I've disabled the automatic media scan, and now I'm checking if the noises continue. They do, even when the drive is completely disconnected from my computer; it's just on.
I'm running WinXP pro sp2, and I built the computer myself. That's all the information I can think of that pertains the the HD problem. Tell me if you need more and thanks a lot for your help.
PS, I assume it's dying, but I want to make sure before I try to send it off to Maxtor for a replacement.