I have an odd issue. My 2TB Seagate Barracuda has worked fine, and silently, for two years. It was exclusively used for storage of data and media, to accompany my 120GB SSD, but a week ago I moved some games to it because I was running out of space on the SSD. Since then I've noticed that the Seagate has started to vibrate. It's noticeable to the touch, but what alerted me to the change is that it's causing some panels of my case to hum. A constant, low-level but noticeable (to me) tone, which I assumed at first to be fan-related. I haven't changed anything else that I can think of, ie I'm almost certain it's not simply a mounting issue.
Very occasionally the vibration, along with the hum, will stop for a little while. I assume this is the drive spinning down when it's not in use. This makes me think that the 'idling' speed of the drive has increased since moving the games across, and the increased vibration frequency, or amplitude, has begun resonating with the case.
Is this possible? That just having programs on this drive has changed the speed at which it spins?
To be clear, the vibration is not any worse (or better) while running the games. It's a constant no matter what I'm doing on my PC (aside from the odd gaps as mentioned). SeaTools' Short Drive Self Test returned a Pass, but I'm wary of running further tests because of the risk of data-loss. The drive is working fine, as far as I know.
Thanks in advance,
Edited by hamluis, 23 June 2016 - 09:44 AM.
Moved from Internal Hardware to External Hardware - Hamluis.