WD Scorpio 320gb light noise

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  1. mokeiko macrumors 6502

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    To all WD Scorpio 320gb owners, do you hear a very faint noise every 10 to 20 seconds? It's not really a clunk or clicking sound, more like it's taking a drink of water sound, hard to explain. Just wondering if this is normal. I just installed this in my SR mbp 2.2ghz. Thanks for any help.


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  2. kgeier82 macrumors 65816

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    i had 2 320s, and only heard it on one.

    it was kinda like a "tick-clunk" noise, common to ALL notebook drives for the most part. Anyways, i had one passport essential, and one passport elite. The drive in the essential was a "tick-clunker", while the elite was fine. I took the essential back because of the noise, and i had to take the elite back as well. It was purchased at bestbuy for 180$, and that was too much.
     
  3. a4abt macrumors regular

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    I have the WD 320gb HD and also hear that noise.
     
  4. kwfl macrumors 6502

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    unless i dont know what noise you mean, i dont have it.
     
  5. alphaod macrumors Core

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    The only noise I hear is the slight clicking once in a while when idling.
     
  6. mokeiko thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That's exactly what I hear and only when it's idling. The funny thing is that when I boot into Windows XP, via Boot Camp, I don't hear that sound at all, just the regular disk access sound.

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  8. Shadow macrumors 68000

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    Every so often it'll make a clicking sound. It's always done it; I don't think anything of it.
     
  9. kgeier82 macrumors 65816

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    id like to try this, but i no longer have the drives.

    It doesnt seem like a good fix though, disabling the power-management basically built into osx for HD's.

    Id be hard pressed to settle for a drive that needed this type of fix.
     
  10. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Considering all laptop HDDs these days have this power management feature, and the "fix" is going to be that; looks like a bleak hard drive world for you. ;)
     
  11. kgeier82 macrumors 65816

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    well that would be true, if the noise was constant across all drives, which its not.

    Its not even model specific, as i reported in my first post.

    So no, i dont see my HD future as being bleak at all.

    All drives may have the "feature," but not all, including variations from same model drives, make the noise.
     
  12. mckyvlle macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry for reviving an old thread!

    This is exactly what I have been looking for! Parking the drive head that often really can't be that healthy.
     
  13. nitewolfgtr macrumors regular

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    Im not sure about the clicking noise but i know these drives run HOT!
     
  14. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

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    Why? Moving is just as bad if not worse..
     
  15. mckyvlle macrumors 6502a

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    Given that most drives are rated for 600,000 load cycles. If your drive is cycling once every 20 seconds, you will reach that threshold in 3333.3 hours. Which depending on your usage is as little as 4.6 months for a machine left on 24x7.

    Though the downside of not letting the drive head park is a drive that uses more power and runs warmer.

    Between a rock and a hard place?
     
  16. dhy8386 macrumors 6502a

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    So replacing the drive is pointless since if one WD Scorpio drive does it they all will, correct? I have tried the fix and it seems to work fine however not sure if I am happy about this solution. Perhaps i should get the similarly rated Seagate momentus 7200.3 drive. Any thought on whether this drive will have the same problem?
     
  17. monkey86 macrumors 6502

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    id rather park the drive head off the disk than have it spin on the disk any day!

    ive got a wd scorpio 250 an have heard no noise :)
     
  18. Ol!ver macrumors 6502a

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    Seeing as this has already been revived I thought I'd chime in. My new Alu MacBook's fujitsu drive does this too. Every few seconds I get this tick-clunk sound. It's starting to get on my nerves so much I'm contemplating an SSD ! Well, it sounds like a good excuse anyway :)
     
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  20. Ol!ver macrumors 6502a

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    That's what I'd like to know. I've installed it and it's solved the noise for me (Fujitsu HDD).
     
  21. wallstreetcrash macrumors regular

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    I'm just running some tests.
    I am running two HD movies in VLC and Plex, and the clicking is gone.

    On Energy Saving Prefs, I unticked put hard drive to sleep (but I don't want to use this really... as it is no good in the long term)
     
  22. Ol!ver macrumors 6502a

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    It won't click while playing videos, it's only when the HDD is idle.
     
  23. mckyvlle macrumors 6502a

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    From my experience, the hard drive runs a tad warmer -- about 2ºc so far, after leaving it on for a whole day.

    Battery life should be shorter too, since the disk is spinning all the time, but I haven't done any test too see how affected it is yet.
     
  24. .Seraph. macrumors newbie

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    Even at idle?

    I've just upgraded to the drive, and now the MBP fan is on permanently and there is a hum(poss from the fan?) at idle.

    Yet when I return the original drive, these symptoms disappear.

    Help!:(
     
  25. PhilW macrumors newbie

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    I've just bought a Western Digital Scorpio Black 7200 320GB and, lo and behold, I get the clicking when the hard drive is in idle.

    I bought the disk from Dabs in the UK and I think it'll be going back next week.

    Anyone had any real success repairing one of these?
     

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