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My Hard Drive is Beeping


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#1 dj505

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Posted 26 July 2016 - 11:06 AM

Hi all! So a while back, I posted about a supposedly fried PC. I narrowed the problem down to it being a dead drive, replaced the drive, and the beeping stopped. But after placing the drive in an external enclosure to test it with my Windows PC, I realized that the thing beeping was really the hard drive and not my PC. Never seen that before, so I figured I'd ask about it.

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Posted 26 July 2016 - 09:16 PM

Hard drives have two motors in them, one to spin the platters and the other to move the heads in and out over the platter surface.  From time to time the head position and spinning platter can set up a harmonic vibration.  I have seen drives that failed to find the clock track on startup and continued to move the heads in and out in an effort to find the track.  Those repeated head movements created a beeping sound.  In some units with removable platters, the head movements are intentional, the beep indicating the drive is ready.  But usually only one beep.


Edited by mjd420nova, 26 July 2016 - 09:17 PM.


#3 dj505

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Posted 26 July 2016 - 10:05 PM

The drive doesn't pup up under windows explorer, and powers down after about 15 seconds. Beeping is fairly high pitched, too.

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Posted 27 July 2016 - 12:24 AM

The drive is dead. Some drives beep, some click (the "click of death"), as the heads seek and fail to load the initialization data as mjd420nova mentioned.

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Posted 27 July 2016 - 07:48 AM

Well, the drive was old anyway, and the only thing on it was a lightweight Linux install with not a lot on it. I've now got the exact same setup but now on a 3TB drive.


Edited by hamluis, 27 July 2016 - 11:08 AM.





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