Why does this hard drive keep spinning up?
Posted on 2007-10-19
I have two 320GB Seagate drives in a PC running Vista. They are each about 9 months old. The model for each drive is Barracuda 7200.10 (ST3320620AS). These are SATA drives. I had a power out and since, once of the drives spins up about every couple of minutes. I opened the case to make sure it was the drive...by holding both in hands. One drive is constantly (quietly) humming along and warm. The other is dead still and cooled a little. Then it will wake up and go right back to be still. It's a loud noise when it wakes (or what ever it is doing) and annoying.
I called Seagate and the guy there said the drives are constantly spinning. Ok, this one makes a loud noise every few minutes while spinning. Then he tells me there is no way to set a sleep state on the drive. Basically, I don't have any control over what it's doing. I don't know if this is the primary HD or slave. Something the Seagate guy was interested in. They are piggy backing on a SATA cable. I did run the short test on both and they passed. I haven't experienced any problems at all with them. While I'm using the computer, I don't he the noise. While the computer is on the BIOS screen, no noise there either.
Any ideas on why this drive keeps making the noise approximately every couple of minutes?