Periodic 'humming' problem with new 1TB Seagate Barracuda

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by thinkmad, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. thinkmad macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys,

    I just purchased 2 1TB Barracudas and upon installing them (bays 3 and 4) I noticed a faint but definitely audible (and aggravating) humming noise that comes in a cycle of about 5 seconds.

    It sounds identical to this video (made by someone else, but with the same drive) but my cycle is a bit longer:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgXmVqSKxKw

    I'm wondering if this is an issue with the drives or my installation? I mounted them tightly. I tried staggering the new drives with my old drives in terms of bay order to no avail.

    Has anyone experienced this? The price on these drives is killer ($129) but I'll be returning them soon if I can't kill this noise.

    Thanks,
    Alex

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  2. Lucibelle macrumors member

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    Do some research on these, and you'll find that they've been having TONS of problems. Some people are claiming a firmware upgrade to be a fix, but when you hear about humming, clicking, and even smoke, firmware just doesn't seem...realistic.

    Some people have been happy with these drives, but it seems much like russian roulette. I looked into them myself, seeing how I've used Seagate, they were 'statistically' good drives, and the price was great, but after hearing about the problems, I think they are just trying to unload them now.

    If it were me, I'd return them. Go with another brand.
     

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