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Hard drive is making a grinding noise


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#1 xer 21

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Posted 03 April 2016 - 11:16 PM

SO I have a 1 TB Western Digital Caviar Black that i bought in 2011.  Recently, i had to run it outside of the case, and it started making an intermittent grinding sound.  since then, I'lve returned it to the case and now the sound is constant.  sometimes its soft, sometimes more noticeable, but it's definitely the hard drive and definitely grinding.  any thoughts?  this sound is new.

 

it quiets down after a while, but i dont know if this means the HDD is dying. 



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Posted 04 April 2016 - 03:28 AM

If its Grinding  {  although we cant hear what its like } i would Backup everything ASAP.

 

Then run some WD Drive Tools from WD Site  or try  http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Hard-Disk-Utils/Western-Digital-Data-Lifeguard-Diagnostics.shtml

 

Also you can try  http://gsmartcontrol.sourceforge.net/home/index.php/Downloads

Just Select your Operating System on the page.

 

Im not an expert on reading results from faulty drives unless the Program tells you ? , but you can Post them here and someone will advise you.



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Posted 04 April 2016 - 05:19 PM

its definitely grinding, although technically i dont have a problem as i panicked and ordered an SSD to replace it.  I will run the diagnostics tonight, however.



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Posted 04 April 2016 - 10:02 PM

Have you accidentally dropped it?, that grinding noise could be the hdd arm grinding and scratching the platters, now here is what you should do:

1.PANIC

2.PANIC(just kidding)

3. BACKUP ALL YOUR FILES.

If someday you get an error message like starting pxe or no operating syste found, and haven't backed up your hdd PANICPANICPANIC(just kidding again) you Have no choice then to pay for a company to recover your files and believe me it's not cheap.

Don't even think about it if your not sure


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Posted 05 April 2016 - 03:33 AM

If its Grinding  {  although we cant hear what its like } i would Backup everything ASAP.

 

Then run some WD Drive Tools from WD Site  or try  http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Hard-Disk-Utils/Western-Digital-Data-Lifeguard-Diagnostics.shtml

 

Also you can try  http://gsmartcontrol.sourceforge.net/home/index.php/Downloads

Just Select your Operating System on the page.

 

Im not an expert on reading results from faulty drives unless the Program tells you ? , but you can Post them here and someone will advise you.

I ran the western didgital tools, it passed on an extended test, but it is still grinding intermittently, at times it is quite loud.



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Posted 05 April 2016 - 04:23 AM

Oh well if it passed , i would still backup personal Files etc.

 

When you get the SSD just clone the old to the SSD asap.

 

I wouldnt trust anything thats grinding as it may get worse and then fall over DEAD.



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Posted 05 April 2016 - 03:54 PM

it should be coming in this week.  hwo do i clone a drive?  never done that before.



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Posted 05 April 2016 - 06:25 PM

just copy all of your files to the sdd  or use a program like http://www.backup-utility.com/disk-clone-software.html


Don't even think about it if your not sure


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Posted 05 April 2016 - 06:30 PM

just copy all of your files to the sdd  or use a program like http://www.backup-utility.com/disk-clone-software.html

that's not going to tclone the OS though, is it?



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Posted 06 April 2016 - 02:43 AM

 

just copy all of your files to the sdd  or use a program like http://www.backup-utility.com/disk-clone-software.html

that's not going to tclone the OS though, is it?

 

I think we got confused when you stated removing from the case ? Meaning an external drive with data.

And you meant from PC Case.....correct or not ? 

 

So if it does have the operating System and Data or 2-3 Partitions you can use as i do Mini Tool Partition  http://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html

 

Then you use the Clone Function and select all Partitions on Old Drive and Clone to the New Drive .

In otherwords Slave the SSD to the PC.

 

What size is the SSD ? If its to small compared to the Current drive { Used Space } , you then may not have enough room to do so.

 

If you go with Minitool Wizard you can see one of my other Posts on how i went about it.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/607994/replacing-laptop-hdd-to-ssd-problem-in-cloning/#entry3957342


Edited by Havachat, 06 April 2016 - 03:19 AM.


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Posted 06 April 2016 - 04:51 AM

the SSD is fine, its all on one partition, What i meant by running it outside of the case is i had a faulty cable in the hard drive enclosure so the only way i could get the hard drive to run was with a diffeent SATA cable.  but the cables are built into the enclosure on my case so i couldnt use the enclosure.  I had to set it on the ground and run it there until the cable came in.  yes, its an internal drive and i was talking about my PC case.


Edited by xer 21, 06 April 2016 - 04:52 AM.


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Posted 11 April 2016 - 08:50 PM

So im getting my drive today, if i run that software, i'll be able to just swap the drives out and use the SSD as my boot drive, right?



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Posted 12 April 2016 - 05:27 AM

So im getting my drive today, if i run that software, i'll be able to just swap the drives out and use the SSD as my boot drive, right?

Correct , but if it doesnt work , the original drive is still as it was and you can try again if needed.

 

But  the new SSD should boot fine when you swap them out.

 

If not post back with any issues.

 

NOTE: what size is the new SSD Drive ? ...{ large enough for the Old drives - Used Space }.


Edited by Havachat, 12 April 2016 - 05:37 AM.





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