HDD sound? What is a acceptable level?

  Gaz 25 17:48 21 Apr 2004


Ive had enough of Hard Drives.

I currently run a seagate, its lived so far. But I can still hear access sounds?

So what is normal for a HDD? Its certainly much quieter than my Maxtor and IBM ones but my other seagate is perfectly silent?

Is it the PSU thats causing this?

PS. Ive also had the neon tubes and fans lights fail a few times?

  Sir Radfordin 17:58 21 Apr 2004

Isn't an 'acceptable level' something that only you can decide? I'm quite happy to hear my computer hum away it doesn't prevent me from doing anything and the day would be more dull if it were silent.

You can keep on spending time and money making a PC quieter but as soon as you address one thing you will only become aware of something else that makes a sound.

  Gaz 25 18:03 21 Apr 2004

I suppose.

But its not a hum, its access sounds from the HDD?

  Gemma 18:08 21 Apr 2004

No high frequency noise at all (including clicks, rattles, buzzes). When the disk is seeking, you can feel it "jiggle" while touching the drive and maybe hear something similar to tapping a solid desk gently with your finger, a fast gentle "thump".

There should be no perceptible motor noise. I presume you have at least 5 fans spinning in your PC (processor, graphics, p/s, 2 x case) so it must be tricky to hear the disk at all.

If the noise changes over time - BACK-UP your stuff, it's gonna die.

  Gaz 25 13:01 23 Apr 2004

Ummm, so I thought

But why are soooo many drives doing this to me.

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