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Is this hard drive noise normal?


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#1 rdf8585

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Posted 08 April 2018 - 08:41 PM

Lately, my 3-year-old mechanical hard drive has been louder than it usually is.

 

You can hear the sound it's been making more often here: https://vocaroo.com/i/s0aBAdQnIQaX

 

You may need to turn up your speakers to fully hear it.

 

Nothing is running in the background that would cause the activity. I even turned off indexing.

 

It doesn't make this noise all the time, but I'm hearing it more often. It's kind of annoying to hear, on top of troublesome.

 

Any thoughts?

 

Whenever I get my next tower, it's SSD for me.



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Posted 08 April 2018 - 08:44 PM

It's possibly background defragmentation, what OS is it?


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Posted 08 April 2018 - 08:51 PM

It's possibly background defragmentation, what OS is it?

 

Windows 10.

 

I don't have background defrag; I start all that manually.



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Posted 08 April 2018 - 09:28 PM

Are you thinking of scheduled defrag, or have you disabled the necessary layout and boot optimization functions in the registry?


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Posted 08 April 2018 - 09:31 PM

Are you thinking of scheduled defrag, or have you disabled the necessary layout and boot optimization functions in the registry?

 

Yes, I must have confused the two.



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Posted 08 April 2018 - 10:12 PM

Unless the boot and layout idle time optimization entries in the registry have been disabled, Windows will perform background defragmentation when the system is in idle state. Background defrag should cease when a user action occurs. If the drive chuckling keeps on when the system is active, then you can check the disk I/O in Resource Monitor to see what processes are performing drive access.


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Posted 08 April 2018 - 10:51 PM

Well it seems fairly normal, I dont hear anything that abnormal but just in case can you give us your SMART data?

You can do so with crystaldiskinfo:

 

https://crystalmark.info/en/software/crystaldiskinfo/

 

post a screenshot here via imagur or other image hosters (just not photobucket, they suck):

 

https://imgur.com/


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Posted 08 April 2018 - 11:31 PM

Here you go:

 

https://imgur.com/a/RAJcw



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Posted 09 April 2018 - 10:35 AM

Yeah nothing wrong here, more than likely the hard drvie is fine.

I mean if you need to getting another hard drive is quite cheap, just make sure to get a backup drive on the side if you dont have one.

Adding extra hard drives should be of little issue if this is a standard size tower desktop, you just need another SATA cable, a power connector (probably already in your computer) and a screwdriver.


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