Hard disk gives sounds!!!!!!

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i have 10GB seagate hard disk and i gives souinds while the data is read.
the vendor told me its media is faulty, can u plz tell me if i can repair it or is there any solutions.
the hard disk is working properly and data is tored perfectly, but it has some bad sectors.
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Maxtor/Quantum (Fireball) http://www.maxtor.com/en/support/products/index.htm
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Doing a scan disk will mark the bad sectors but not make them go away, when a HDD has had it's time it has had it's time, there is only 1 thing you can do: Back up. Your HDD will die very soon......

> i have 10GB seagate hard disk and i gives souinds while the data is read.

This is normal. To retrieve data, first the disk must be spun, and then the heads must move in and out at a very rapid rate

> the vendor told me its media is faulty, can u plz tell me if i can repair it or is there any solutions.

If the sound is too unusual, then you cannot fix it, you must replace it. Do not live with a system that will partially work for a limited time, limping in agony and continual degredation. One unusual sound of couse is recochet or grinding noise. More likely you have something in between.

I, for one, would never argue with manufacturer or vendor concerning disk life, especially when under warranty or if there is any potential increase to lose important data.

Answer: Replace the hard drive

Huseyin1> Your HDD will die very soon......

I agree that it is not worth risking that to not happen.
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Drives are pretty cheap, consider getting two, for contingency of one starting to fail some other day in the future.
Huseyin1> Your HDD will die very soon......
SunBow> Drives are pretty cheap...

Take the advice, get a new drive, ghost your old one to it
Use the old drive to back up until it fails and consider what to do for backup when that happens
If your drive is making noises, there is nothing you can do but back up and replace it as stated above.
Some noise, as stated a bove, is normal for drive operation. The exact nature and volume of the sound varies with  the type of drive.

there will be a whine or whirr as the disk spins - some of these are almost silent, some are so loud when working properly you can't believe they're ok.

The other sound is clicks as the read/write heads are moved tothe right track. This varies from all but inaudible to the sound of a small hammer (a Digital brand disk from many years ago! :).  The speed of the clicks also varies...  from slow disks with definite discrete clicks to fast ones where it sounds like a cement mixer. All these extremes can be normal for any particular disk.

The big question is - has the noise changed?  If so - replace it - and fast.

You also mention bad blocks...   This may or may not be a serious problem for various reasons. The big thing again is - has it changed? Believe it or not - many disks even from new have manufacturing defects which are seen as bad blocks... but the controller hides them from you so you see a perfect  disk.  THis is perfectly safe.

The question again is - has this changed?  if you have had a head crash, causing surface damage and bad blocks - then you have new bad blocks, and especially if new bad blocks keep appearing,   there is probably   dust inside the disk..  and roughness on the platters and disk heads...  this is a one-way ticket to total  drive failure. How long will it take? I've no idea.

backup and replace. there is no economic way to repair.  That  luxury is reserved for businesses (maybe some individuals too) who have lost disks and absolutley must recover data if there is any way it can be done - and starts at at several hundred dollars...  

PUBIC SERVICE ANOUNCEMENT:  ALWAYS backup important data - even a disk showing no signs of trouble can fail without warning

PUBIC SERVICE ANOUNCEMENT:  ALWAYS backup important data - even a disk showing no signs of trouble can fail without warning

Too right... I bought a second hard disk, so that I had some backup, as my original was 3 years old.  The new one died without a sound after 3 weeks!!!
probably all the extra I/O from backing up
If a clicking or unusual sound is coming from the computer, it could an indication that there is physical damage within the drive. If the media is going bad the new sounds could be the operating system retrying to read bad sectors.
If bad sectors are showing up, it's a sure sign the drive is headed for the scrap heap.
Tiger Direct has a 20 gig drive for $40, a LOT of drives on ebay for $30.

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