Posted 30 October 2008 - 01:59 AM
7200.10 500GB Hard Drive - 7200, 16MB, Serial ATA-300, OEM (TSD-500AS2)
This is a new drive installed as part of a new PC I put together last month. The drive is awfully noisy, but not loud, and not clicking or pinging. Just the standard chatter sound that hard drives make.
The problem is the frequency that the drive is making this sound. It starts chattering at different times, but when it does, it just doesn't seem to stop until I restart the PC. The best example is when my monitor goes into power saving mode. The drive really gets going and the red light up front on the PC case blinks rapidly. I often will ignore it or restart the PC after the chattering starts to irritate me. I changed the option for when to turn the hard disks off to "never" but the drive still churns as soon as the monitor goes off. The churning also happens at other random times, like after a Windows update is installed.
I tried running the SeaTools app but it just keeps searching for a compatible drive and never gives any results. As far as I can tell the drive chatter and rapid light blinking aren't causing any performance issues. Everything runs smoothly (except for the random speaker popping, but that may be unrelated). This drive is used only for the OS. Again, the drive doesn't sound like it's failing, but the constant churning is irritating and probably isn't good for the drive. Right now my PC is nearly silent, but eventually something will cause the hard drive to start chattering quickly and once it starts, it doesn't let up. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
Vista Home Premium SP1, AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ 2.60GHz
Processor Black Edition Retail, OCZ Platinum Revision-2 2048MB PC6400 DDR2
800MHz Dual Channel Memory (2 x 1024MB) (MCM-M2NSLI-5000)