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How to detect if your hard drive is failing?
Posted by Administrator on 23 April 2019 12:58 pm
  1. Strange noises such as clicking or humming from the drive.
  2. Repeated program crashes or disk errors.
  3. Frequent error messages while running software.
  4. Overall strange behavior from the computer


If you experienced any of the issues above, you may be experiencing Hard Drive Failure.

We recommend if you are still able to access your files to backup your files / data immediately...

T
hese are some typical sounds we hear when a drive is failing.

If your hard drive makes noises like these below and you are still able to access your files - backup immediately.

To listen to the sound simply click on the play button or link to listen.

Click on the drive manufacturer's below next to the sound button to learn more about common problems these drives experience.

Western Digital

 Western Digital desktop drive with bad heads clunking.

 Western Digital 500GB desktop drive with bad heads slowly clicks a few times and spins down.

 Western Digital 250GB desktop drive with head crash clicks a few times, then spins down.

 Western Digital 250GB desktop drive with stuck spindle can't spin up, chatters.

 Western Digital laptop drive with bad heads making clicking sound.

 Western Digital 200GB desktop drive with bad preamplifier chip (located on the headstack) clicks a few times, spins down.

 Western Digital desktop drive with unstable heads clicks a few times and stops spinning.

 Western Digital laptop hard drive with stuck spindle trying to spin up with siren.

 Western Digital 500GB desktop hard drive with bad bearings can't gain full rotational speed.

 

Seagate

 Seagate desktop drive with failing heads making thrashing, then clicking sound.

 Seagate desktop drive with bad heads slowly clicks and beeps on spin up.

 Seagate laptop drive with bad heads making clicking/knocking sound.

 Seagate desktop drive with seized spindle trying to spin up.

 Seagate Momentus laptop drive with bad heads making nasty drilling noise.

 

Maxtor

 Maxtor desktop drive with bad heads making clicking/knocking/beeping noise.

 Maxtor drive with bad heads making steady clicking/knocking sound.

 Maxtor desktop drive with stuck spindle playing futuristic cell phone melody.

 Maxtor drive with stuck spindle and musical siren again.

 

Samsung

 Samsung 80GB desktop hard drive with bad heads making fast clicking sound.

 Samsung desktop hard drive with bad heads clicks, then spins down.

 Samsung 40GB desktop hard drive with bad head knocks a few times.

 Samsung desktop drive with degraded media making scratching sound when hitting bad sectors.

 

Hitachi/IBM

 Hitachi laptop drive with bad heads clicks once on spin up, then beeps.

 IBM desktop drive with degraded media making scratching sound when hitting area with bad sectors.

 Hitachi/IBM laptop drive with bad heads making clicking sound.

 IBM 40GB desktop hard drive with degraded media/heads rattles and squeals on spin up.

 Hitachi 60GB laptop drive with stuck spindle can't spin up, makes humming/buzzing noise.

 

Toshiba

 Toshiba laptop hard drive with stuck spindle trying to spin up(heard if taken close to your ear).

 Toshiba laptop drive with failing bearings making grinding sound.

 Toshiba laptop drive with bad bearings making loud grinding sound.

 Toshiba laptop drive with bad bearings making nasty drilling/screaming sound.

 Toshiba laptop drive with bad heads making clicking/sweeping sound on boot up.

 

Fujitsu

 Fujitsu laptop drive with bad heads making clicking/knocking noise.

 Fujitsu laptop hard drive with bad heads making sweeping sound.

 Fujitsu 40gb desktop drive with bad media making scratching noise.

 

Quantum

 Quantum desktop drive with bad heads making clunking sound.

 

If your hard drive is failing, be sure to visit your hard drives manufacturer website / support for a warranty replacement.
Most new computer components are covered by a manufacturer warranty.
All M1 Customs PC's component's are covered by a 1YR Limited Component Manufacturer Warranty. 
Each manufaturer may have different policies for issuing a RMA/Replacement/Warranty.
Please follow there instructions to begin your warranty process if your warranty is still valid and you are experiencing issues...