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Noisy Laptop Hard Drive With Vista/xp Dual Boot


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#1 pcmaddeanp

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Posted 25 May 2008 - 06:33 AM

Hi,

I have set up a Vista and XP dual boot laptop.
XP is much faster which is why I set up the dual boot.
The only thing is, is that the hard drive, while using XP, is very noisy, while with Vista it's not.
Can I fix this at all or am I just going to have to let it churn away while I work?

Thanks

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Posted 25 May 2008 - 08:12 AM

What was the original OS on the drive? Have you defragged the drive? Is the noise just the hard drive spinning constantly or does it make a clicking sound?
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#3 pcmaddeanp

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Posted 25 May 2008 - 08:36 AM

What was the original OS on the drive? Have you defragged the drive? Is the noise just the hard drive spinning constantly or does it make a clicking sound?


Original OS - Windows Vista
Defragged - No
Sound - Clicking but it's when I go throught the hard drive (if you know what I mean)

P.S. Thanks garmanma for all the replies to my questions :thumbsup:

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Posted 25 May 2008 - 09:41 AM

In my past experience (mostly with laptops), clicking sounds coming from a hard drive is generally not a good thing. I had a Gateway Solo with Windows 98 installed that started doing this and I just overlooked it. BAD MISTAKE, as eventually it completely failed leaving me with a really expensive repair bill to try and recover tons of very important data. Unfortunately, I couldn't afford that expense and just replaced the ailing hard drive with another one, then got rid of it totaly out of fear of it happening again...Take a look at this article...

http://askbobrankin.com/hard_drive_makes_a...king_sound.html

I would recommend at the very least to try the CHKDSK /r function and possibly download a diagnostic tool from the manufacturer of your hard drive and run it to be sure.
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Posted 25 May 2008 - 10:33 AM

...and I would combine the two great suggestions by Garmanma and DouglasMartin...I would run chkdsk /r first, then defrag the partition after chkdsk completes and reboots.

Noise generally is not a good thing, but some drive tend to be noisy without being hazardous to your happiness :thumbsup:.

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Posted 25 May 2008 - 11:07 AM

The clicking is the movement of the arm inside. It seems to go faster when using XP.
I'm just about to do the chkdsk /r and then defrag.
I hope this sorts out the problem!

Oh, and another thing, would havin 4 partitions on it make the hard disk move more (especially with XP on an Extended Partition)?

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Posted 25 May 2008 - 12:34 PM

Partitions...are merely storage containers.

Having 4 containers or having one container...all data files have to be accessed.

I do know that moving data from one partition on Drive X to another partition on Drive X...is slower than moving it from partition on Drive X to partition on Drive C...so I try not to create more than one partition (on a small drive) for my Windows partition, while using larger drives for storage of data files (movies, .mp3s, etc.).

I cannot say that either situation involves more movement or work by drives...

Some users (laptop owners) often don't have a choice and must go with one drive and several partitions.

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