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Hard drive squeels while in certain games


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#1 doctorsugarbear

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 08:07 AM

I've had this 320gb hard drive for years now and recently it's started making some noises. I actually bought a new 1TB drive because I was afraid it was dying, but I'm still curious as to why it's making noise. The thing is, it only makes noise while playing certain games. The Witcher 2 and Duke Nukem 3D in DOSbox are the only two games where it'll start making noise. However, the games aren't on that hard drive. The only thing on it is Linux Mint so it shouldn't even be in use, and Windows can't see it since it's an ext4 partition. I'm just curious if anyone has come across anything like this before and if I can do anything about it.

Is it possible to disable the drive while I'm in Windows so I don't have to hear it?

 

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#2 mjd420nova

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 11:18 AM

Some times, during the life of a normal drive, programs get installed and ipdates to the OS will scatter programs all over the drive space.  Harmonic vibrations between the motor that turns the platters and the servo motor that moves the head in and out over the platters can result   in humms, clicks, squeels and buzzes.  A defragmentation might reposition the files around enough to stop the annoying noise.  However, the same may erupt in a different part of the program of another program entirely.  This is age related.



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Posted 14 February 2014 - 11:22 AM

Can that still happen if the files I'm accessing aren't on that drive? I formatted it and did a clean install of a new OS.



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Posted 14 February 2014 - 11:10 PM

It depends if the noise is created while in  a quiet state or only when reading from it.  Normally a reinstall will make it go away but the conditions still exist for it to reoccur.


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