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However I will say that I have a couple of external drives that have made a certain noise when powered up since new.
If the drive has always made that noise since new I personally would not be worried, however I am not you. I suggest you contact Western Digital Tech Support via Email or On the phone and let them listen to the noise.
Or pull the drive and connect it internally and then run the Western Digital Diagnostics short and long tests for a more definitive answer. Smart data may not be telling the whole tale. For example bad sectors if they haven't been accessed yet won't show.
(i wonder why so many people doesnt hear anything when something with a small noise is uploaded to youtube? even when i amplified the noise 3 times, it's me or i use too much the isolated headphones?) (it can be heard between sec 6 and 8, four clicks)
Well the other problem with hearing a recording is that sometimes the level of the noise as heard live is important too. What you hear in a recording for level has no relation to what you'd hear in person as it depends on the processing to make the recording and what level you play it back at.
One possibility is that the power supply is slowing down the spin-up of the drive. You would have to hook it up internal and see if that makes a difference.
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Thanks for the answer. i understand the difference between live and recorded sound, usually many people have the youtube video sound below mid, i notice i didnt heard it either.. the volume was below 50... anyway....
it does that as internal too, and i dont think it's a spin up and down related because it's clicking sound, it's like if it were looking for something and then it finds it. the disct is perfectly normal, fast and cool (with a fan attached to the enclosure, barely reach the 42celcius in the most intense situation), i just wanted to make sure because i am using that hdd for backup