Help me diagnose hard drive problem—link to audio

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by lord patton, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. lord patton macrumors 65816

    lord patton

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    I upgraded the hard drive in my 12" PB the other day, and now I've noticed it makes a funny sound. I need to know if it's a bad hard drive, bad installation, something serious, etc.

    I recorded audio of the sound (with external mics), and posted it here, It sounds like a swallow, or a drop of water hitting an empty bucket. It happens once every 5-20 seconds, and does not occur when the hard drive is in use (for example, it didn't make the sound when recording in GarageBand—I had to use a different computer to record the offending sound).

    It is a Western Digital ATA 120GB 2.5" drive.

    Is the drive bad? Would I have better luck with a different drive? Different brand? Just opening up and reseating it and hoping for the best?

    I certainly don't want a faulty drive, but I really don't want this damn annoying sound... it's clearly audible in a quiet or semi-quiet room.

    thanks!
     
  2. lord patton thread starter macrumors 65816

    lord patton

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    sorry for the bump

    I have to replace this drive, because no way can I live with an annoying little swallow noise every 10 seconds. I'd still like an opinion, however, about whether this is a typical problem, specific to this manufacturer, do to my installation error, or whatever you can tell me.

    anyone?
     
  3. ComoPark macrumors newbie

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    Any information?- unusual dripping noise.

    I have exactly the same problem as Lord Patton-- My newly installed hard drive ( is it the hard drive?) makes an annoying drip sound that i have never heard before.. Anyone have any information on this? is it the harddrive or something else? Any information would be helpful. Thanks- Kenneth
     
  4. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

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    Have you verified the SMART status of the drive? Tech Tool Pro (best) and Disk Utility can do this.
     

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