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#1 shamrock838


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Posted 15 November 2014 - 03:27 PM

I’m new to Windows 8.1 and am unsure what those frequent “three-beep” tones mean. 


So far, I’ve noticed an ascending and a descending “three-beep.”  The nearest connection so far is that my Maxtor 1-Touch external hard drive activates (ascending beeps) and deactivates (descending beeps). 


Also, when I’m busy with other computer functions, the “beeps” alternate frequently between ascending (on?) and descending (off?).  Why not just stay on?


If I’m relatively inactive, the Maxtor 1-Touch remains “off” – I think.  Is there a timing factor here?  Again, I’m new to all this.  Comments?






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#2 technonymous


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Posted 15 November 2014 - 08:52 PM

Is the drive showing in windows? You should move data off it ASAP if it still reads. Any beeping coming from the HD is a bad sign. It could be a number of things. The platter motor is stuck, bearing in motor siezed, the head could be stuck on the platter, the head could be scratching the platter surface etc. It sounds as though you're not sure if it's coming from the HD or from the pc.

Edited by technonymous, 15 November 2014 - 08:53 PM.

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