Hard drive motherboard

Posted on 2012-08-31
Last Modified: 2012-09-06

I purchased an interior hard drive : seagate baracuda 1000 gb. I installed it in to my new computer but I've been hearing what sounds like some type of a very short electronic sound, almost like for example when a robot's arm would move, it's not loud at all but it does make that sound every 5-10 minutes, audible enough to consider it, some times sort of like a click sound. My motherboard feature 2 possible connections for the drive 6gb/s and 3gb/s, I connected it to the 6gb/s. I've included pictures of the connection for a clearer depiction. I'm wondering how much noise from a hard drive is considered normal and if I made all the connections properly. The drive works in windows and I have access to it no problem.

Thank you
Question by:FCapo
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    Noise, ticks and rattles are really subjective to the individual - what might be loud to one person is quiet to another. I would check the performance of the drive and make sure everything is matching up with what the manufacturer says. Check the read and write speeds of the drive and compare them. If everything matches up, you're probably ok, its just a loud drive.

    If the performance is off, there could be something mechanically up with the drive and it could be failing already.

    As a good second opinion, you could always contact the drive manufacturer and explain the situation to them. They might just send you a replacement - then you could compare the audible noises from the new drive.

    Edit: my gut tells me the drive is just fine - I've heard some pretty loud drives in my time that have performed just fine and lasted years. Now, if you start hearing a CLICKING, that's typically a bad sign on hard drives, but I think I know the sound you are describing, and it's a normal hard drive sound.

    Hope this helps!

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    If your drive is working and functional, I would not worry about the noise - some hard drives have louder motors than others, especially if the heads are moving very quickly.  If you didn't connect the drive properly, you wouldn't be able to use it at all.
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    Some drives are really loud by default and yours could be one of them. If it does not heat and does work ok then the drive is healthy. But if it worries you then simply replace it to some different model which is less noisy.
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    To clear up any doubts, use the manufacturers diagnostic tools to test the drive -

    Chris B
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    you're not alone; here they sent a new drive to replace it :

    another one :

    it looks like there is a problem with these drives, so contact seagate, and check what they say :
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    I'd also look into the PSU capacity on load possibly another cause of HDD noise..
    Power supplies have historically been marketed on wattage and little else
     and then you start adding bigger hardware more load may cause the HDD to spin slightly lower when in use.
    I'm not professed in all the jargon here but what I do know is that a lot of PSU dont produce what they say on the label.
    My PSU running windows 7 with 3 HDD is a 850 watts. I have ensured I never exceed the max load
    What it means
     The efficiency of a computer power supply is its output power divided by its input power.
    Some jargon from wilki
    +3.3 V and +5 V rails
     These voltage supplies are rarely a limiting factor; generally any supply with a sufficient +12 V rating will have adequate capacity at lower voltages.
    However, a large quantity of hard drives or PCI cards will create a greater load on the +5 V rail.
    A linear regulator could be used to convert the +12 V rail into a +5 V rail for each hard drive if the +5 V rail is overloaded.
    This is page three

    Power Supply Output and Ratings
    Power Supply Recommendations
    Understanding Power Supply Efficiency Ratings

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