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Hard drive going bad?


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My hard drive has been making a humming type sound upon booting up the system. Previously it was just occasionally. Now it is daily. The sound lasts sometimes for hours and other times it just fades away. Sometimes it is louder than others. It's a pulsating type sound. Gateway tech support had me run some type of utility test for the hard drive that showed no errors. They had me run this as they said maybe the drive was going bad. A while ago, a differnt tech told me it might have something to do with the fan or power supply cable? Looking to find out what is really going on and if this hard drive is really on its way out the door.

Edited by tjlbdl, 05 April 2007 - 12:29 PM.

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Run HD Tune

http://www.hdtune.com/
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ok, done on all tabs that asked for some type of run...no errors. Did you need to see results of all screens? Not sure how to attach results here?
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No, that's fine, which hard drive make and model
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MAXTOR 6Y080L0 81GB
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Download and install Everest Home Edition

Run the programme, click + next to computer then sensor

Look on the right for temperatures, post any it gives

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Motherboard 36C 97F
CPU 38C 100F
Maxtor 42C 108F
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Temperatures are fine, check them hourly or if you do anything load intensive

Have you opened a PC case before?
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no
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Is it making the noise now?
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No....it has been most the day.....it just stopped not that long ago.
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Check the temperatures when it does, and see if you can tell which part of the case the noise is, no need to open it
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I've looked before, cannot tell where the noise is coming from. What temperates would raise a red flag? What else should I do at this point or nothing until it acts up again?
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Sounds like your not sure if it's coming from a hardrive. It might be fan bearings. Take the side cover off and look at the fans. Remember what they look like with no noise. Take another look when the noise starts up again.

I had one of my cpu fans start making noise several weeks ago. It was kind of off and on like you describe. But the one fan looked a bit strange, like it was running backwards. I replaced it and now everything is quiet again.
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