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Hard Drive Making a Strange Sound on Boot

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#1 JadeW


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Posted 01 November 2017 - 04:41 PM

My hard drive has recently started making this sound on boot or when waking up from sleep, it lasts for around a minute. The sound stopped for 5-7 boots after I cleaned my PC, but then came back again. 

I'm guessing I need to replace my hard drive. I just wanted to get a sense of what was going on, and the urgency.

Windows 10 64-bit

Intel i5-4690K 3.5GHz

Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard

Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM


Many thanks.

Edited by JadeW, 01 November 2017 - 04:43 PM.

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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 06:53 PM

First things first - backup all your data and everything of value to external storage. And remember things like browser bookmarks and contact lists. Once you have done this you can relax - a nuisance is not going to turn into a disaster !


Since you have a WD drive you can use the WD Data Lifeguard tools to test your drive, a free download from WD -




Then run the test(s) on your drive. I am not familiar with the WD tools but if there is a short test run that first. If the drive passes that then run the long one. Alternatively you can download the Seagate 'Tools for Windows', again a free download -




Again run the short test and then the long one if it passes the short test. If you want a version that doesn't install on your hard drive then use the Seagate 'Tools for DOS', this creates a self-booting disc or USB stick.


If the drive passes the long test, whichever one you want to use, then it is safe to continue using the hard drive but I would keep your backups up to date !  If it fails any of the tests it is definitely time to consider a replacement drive.


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Posted 02 November 2017 - 10:36 AM

SeaTools for Windows will run on any Windows operating system.  This is very easy to use and enjoys the reputation of being accurate in its diagnosis.


Please download and run SeaTools for Windows

Before the installation begins you will be prompted to either Decline or Accept the terms of the installation, click on I Accept.

Once the installation of SeatTools for Windows begins you will see an image similar to the one below.


1.  SeaTools for Windows will search for HDDs and SSDs on your computer.  Please remove any external storage devices connected via USB ports.

2.  Detected Drives will list the HDDs and SSDs found.  Place a check mark in the drive box you want to run the scan on.  This should be the drive that has the operating system installed on it, this is usually C: drive.

3.  You will see Basic Tests toolbar above Detected Drives, move the mouse pointer over this to open the test options.  Please click on Long Generic Test

4.  This will start the scan.  When the scan is complete you will see the result under Test Status , please post the results in your topic.

5.  The test will indicate either Pass or Fail.  Post the results of the scan in your topic.


6.  Click on Help, then click on View Log File.  If the scan failed take a screen shot of the Log File and post it in your topic.


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